Furman Falls at Saint Peter's in CIT Semifinals
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/29/2017
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Furman's Devin Sibley
Courtesy: Furman University

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Saint Peter's raced out to a 15-0 lead and shot 56% for the game en route to a 77-51 victory over Furman in the semifinal round of the Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Wednesday night at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.

Box Score

With the victory, the Peacocks (22-13) advanced to face Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Friday night's CIT Championship Game. Furman concluded its season at 23-12.

Nnamdi Enechionyia connected on 7-of-8 shots, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, to lead Saint Peter's with 18 points, while center Quadir Welton posted a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Peacocks. Chazz Patterson and Antwon Portley combined to hit on 7-of-11 three-point tries to tally 13 points apiece.

Saint Peter's held Furman scoreless for the opening 7:38 and without a field goal until the 11:21 mark of the first half. The Paladins made good on just 7-of-28 first half field goal attempts, while Saint Peter's drained seven first-half threes to open up a 34-8 lead. Furman finished the period on an 11-3 run to trim the deficit to 37-19 at the break.

The Paladins extended their run to a 19-5 spurt as they cut the lead to 39-27 on back-to-back treys from Daniel Fowler that forced a SPU time out with 17:38 to play. The Peacocks responded with a 21-4 run, including four triples from Enechionyia, to open up a 60-31 advantage with 11:10 to go. A 12-2 Furman run brought the Paladins back within 19 points, but they were unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

Saint Peter's hit on 28-of-50 shot and made 13-of-27 three-point tries, while holding Furman to 36.5% shooting from the floor. The Peacocks managed a 38-24 advantage on the glass and their bench outscored the Furman reserves 25-3.

Devin Sibley hit 8-of-12 shots to score a game-high 20 points for Furman. Fowler tallied 14 points and Kris Acox added 11 points and team-high seven boards in his final collegiate game.

By shooting 62.8% for the season, Acox established a new single season field goal percentage record and capped his career as Furman's leader in field goal percentage for a career at 61.3%. He scored 1,051 career points.

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