Fur­man shocks No. 8 Villanova in over­time

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Sports -

Jor­dan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Raf­ferty and Clay Mounce each had 15, and Fur­man stunned de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Villanova in over­time, 76-68, on Satur­day in Villanova, Pa.

Noah Gur­ley and Alex Hunter added 13 points apiece for the surg­ing Pal­adins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years.

Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gille­spie had 19 for the No. 8 Wild­cats, who were com­ing off a 27-point loss to Michi­gan in a re­match of April's na­tional cham­pi­onship game. It marked the first time Villanova lost back-to-back home games since De­cem­ber of 2013.

Lyons and Raf­ferty de­liv­ered huge buck­ets in over­time to key a 7-0 spurt that put the Pal­adins ahead 69-63 in the fi­nal minute, enough cush­ion for them to hang on for the vic­tory in front of a shocked sell­out crowd at the re­cently ren­o­vated Fin­neran Pav­il­ion.

Trail­ing 58-53 with un­der four min­utes to play in reg­u­la­tion, Joe Cremo hit a 3-pointer, Booth scored and Gille­spie made a layup in tran­si­tion to put Villanova in front, 60-58, in the fi­nal minute.

Af­ter Lyons hit two free throws to tie the game at 60, Booth missed on the other end and Hunter mis­fired on a long 3-pointer in the fi­nal sec­onds. Cremo was called for a foul while go­ing for the re­bound, but Raf­ferty couldn't con­nect on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.6 sec­onds left, set­ting the game up for OT.

Two days af­ter pour­ing in 54 points while match­ing an NCAA record with 15 3-point­ers, Lyons had a slew of big buck­ets, in­clud­ing one that put Fur­man ahead 48-46 with a lit­tle over 8 min­utes re­main­ing.

Af­ter Booth scored five straight points for 'Nova, Hunter tied it back up with a 3-pointer be­fore Fur­man pulled ahead 55-51 on four straight points from Gur­ley. An­other big 3 from Hunter gave the Pal­adins a five-point lead with just over four min­utes to play as Fur­man looked com­pletely un­fazed by Villanova's no­to­ri­ously hos­tile home venue.

(18) Michi­gan 84, Ge­orge Washington 61: In Uncasville, Conn., Charles Matthews led the Wolver­ines (4-0) with 25 points and Jor­dan Poole made five of his eight 3-point shots to add a ca­reer-high 22 in the semi­fi­nals of the Air Force Re­serve Tip-Off tour­na­ment. Zavier Simp­son fin­ished two as­sists shy of a triple­dou­ble with 14 points, 11 re­bounds and eight as­sists. Michi­gan went on a 13-2 run to open the sec­ond half.

(24) Mar­quette 74, Pres­byte

rian 55: In Mil­wau­kee, Sam Hauser scored 19 points and Joseph Char­touny added 16 off the bench as No. 24 Mar­quette over­came a slug­gish start to pull away for the non­con­fer­ence vic­tory. The Golden Ea­gles (3-1), com­ing off a 96-73 loss at In­di­ana on Wednes­day, erased a six-point deficit with a flurry of 3-point­ers to trig­ger a 29-8 run mid­way through the sec­ond half.

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