Furman 72, North Greenville 54

Amu Saaka had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Furman to a

72-54 win over North Greenville on Friday night in the season

opener for both teams.

Darryl Evans added 18 points and Noah States had 15 points and

seven assists in the first game in history between the neighboring


The Division II Crusaders stayed close in the first half,

trailing 29-25 at intermission.

Evans opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but North

Greenville’s Tyrell Platt and Luke Lattimer made baskets to cut the

lead to 32-29. Furman used a 7-0 run to pull away and the Crusaders

could get no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Leading 57-50, the Paladins had a 12-0 spurt to take their

biggest lead at 19 points.

Furman shot 12 for 30 from 3-point range.

Zach Shields, who scored 14 points, was the only North

Greenville player in double figures.