Furman defeated USC Sunday morning 79-60 to take seventh place in the Shriner’s Children’s Charleston Classic. The Gamecocks went 0-3 in the tournament and fall to 2-3 on the season. The Gamecocks led early 16-11 until the Paladins unleashed a 19-2 turn to turn the game their way.
Furman led 38-31 at halftime and eventually built a 13-point lead. USC got back to within eight, but the Paladins pushed the advantage back to 11 and the Gamecocks never got it into single digits the rest of the way.
USC suffered 17 turnovers that Furman turned into 23 points, and the Paladins beat the Gamecocks on the boards 34-24. Furman hit a dozen three-pointers and shot just under 51% for the game. The Gamecocks shot 45% and made seven three-pointers.
Garrett Hien led Furman to their second straight win over the Gamecocks with a career and game high 20 points. GG Jackson led USC with 19 points and Chico Carter Jr. added 17 points.
Furman improves to 3-2 and will host Tusculum Friday afternoon. USC will next face Upstate on Friday afternoon.