GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Lyons sank four 3-pointers for 14 points, Noah Gurley added 10 points with 12 rebounds and Furman defeated East Tennessee State 65-56 Saturday in a matchup of Southern Conference leaders.
Each team had come in riding a five-game win streak and unbeaten in Southern Conference play but it was the Paladins who seized control after a 13-0 run late in the first half. Lyons kicked off the four-minute surge with a 3-pointer and added another before Jalen Slawson capped the rally with a 3 and a 27-20 Furman lead 3:46 before halftime.
The Paladins (13-3, 3-0) led the rest of the way.
Bo Hodges had 12 points for the Buccaneers (13-3, 2-1), whose five-game win streak was broken.
Tray Boyd III, whose 14 points per game entering the matchup led the Buccaneers, was held to 5 points (2 of 10) in 18 minutes.
Furman faces Chattanooga on the road on Wednesday. East Tennessee State matches up against UNC Greensboro on the road on Wednesday.