Furman 76, W. Kentucky 63

Bryson Barnes scored 26 points, including 11 free throws in the

second half, as Furman defeated Western Kentucky 76-63 Saturday

night for its third consecutive victory.

The Paladins (6-4) sank 22 of 26 second-half free-throw

attempts, including 16 of 20 in the final 7:11 after the

Hilltoppers (4-8) cut a 45-30 deficit to five points, 56-51.

Furman, which shot 51.2 percent (21 of 41) from the field in the

game, also got 11 points and seven assists from Richard Brown and

10 points from Brandon Sebirumbi. Barnes grabbed 11 rebounds.

Western Kentucky shot 36.7 percent (22 of 60) from the field and

hurt itself at the free-throw line, making less than half (12 of

25) in the game.

Derrick Gordon scored 12 points and Jamal Crook and Kahlil

McDonald had 11 apiece for the Hilltoppers, who came in averaging

59.7 points per game, their lowest average since the 1945-46