Rafferty’s double-double helps Furman beat Mercer 71-58
Rafferty, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, came in needing just three points to become the 44th Furman player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Noah Gurley and Jordan Lyons had 11 points each and Alex Hunter scored 10 for the Paladins (13-2, 2-1 Southern Conference).
Mercer went without a field goal for more than eight minutes — and was scoreless for four minutes, 50 seconds — in the second half as the Paladins used a 16-3 run to take a 56-37 lead with 6:54 to play. The Bears scored 14 of the next 17 points to trim their deficit to eight and Ethan Stair’s 3-pointer made it 65-58 with 2:25 remaining, but they got no closer.
Stair and Djordje Dimitrijevic had 15 points apiece for Mercer (5-9, 0-2).