GREENVILLE, S.C. --- The Chattanooga Mocs (10-20/4-13) dropped a 65-55 decision at Furman (14-14/8-9) in Southern Conference action Thursday night. The Paladins broke open a close game with a big run on their senior night.
It was a three-point game early in the second half as a Ricky Taylor (Brownsville, Tenn.) layup at 16:20 cut Furman's lead to 33-30. The Paladins responded with seven straight points, the last five from Brandon Sebirumbi, to extend the lead to 10, 40-30, at 13:02.
It was an eight-point game, 50-42, with 6:54 to go when Furman put the game out of reach. The Paladins went on a 15-2 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes capped by a Bryson Barnes three-pointer at 3:09. Furman scored on six straight possessions while holding Chattanooga without a field goal for more than four minutes.
Taylor scored a team-high 13 points for the Mocs. Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) came off the bench to tally 10. The UTC reserves had 30 of the team's 55 points and 17 of the 33 rebounds. Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.), seeing his first action in seven games due to a knee injury, led the team with six boards.
Sebirumbi was the catalyst for the Paladins. He had game highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Nine of his 14 boards came on the offensive end. Jordan Loyd had 10 points.
Furman held a 43-33 advantage on the glass. Thirteen of the 43 came on the offensive end leading to 11 second-chance points.
The Paladins took a 10-point lead in the first half, 23-13, on two Loyd free throws at 7:45. UTC closed to within three, 27-24, on two Hampton free throws at 4:23. Furman ended up with a 30-26 lead at intermission.
The regular season finale is Saturday at McKenzie Arena with Chattanooga welcoming Samford at 7 p.m. It's the continuation of the Southern Rail Rivalry as well as senior with the Mocs honoring their four seniors pregame.
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