MBB: Furman Defeats VU, 70-62

Nov. 28, 2006

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Vanderbilt will next host Toledo this Saturday in Memorial Gym at 7 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Webb and Gerad Punch scored 13 points each to lead Furman to a 70-62 victory Tuesday over Vanderbilt.

Robby Bostain and Stanley Jones added 11 points apiece for the Paladins (4-2), who held Vanderbilt (1-3) to just 2-of-17 3-point shooting.

It was Vanderbilt's first loss to a Southern Conference opponent since 1968, and its first ever in six meetings against Furman.

The Paladins blew an 11-point first half lead to trail 32-28 at the half, and trailed by as many as six in the second half. But Furman battled back midway through the second half, tying the game at 52 when Webb hit a long 3-pointer with 8:03 left.

The Paladins never trailed again. Jones followed with a layup, and then an easy dunk off a feed in the lane.

Vandy's Dan Cage hit a layup with 2:41 left to cut the lead to 63-61. Bostain added a free throw with 2:23 left, then added a layup at 1:26. Jadee Jones and Punch each hit a pair of free throws in the last 32 seconds to close out the game.

Vandy starters Derrick Byars and Shan Foster combined to go just 5-of-25 from the field. Ross Neltner led Vandy with 12 points, while Cage had 11 and JeJuan Brown 10.

The Commodores play host to Toledo on Saturday at 7 p.m.



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