Greenville, SC – Southern Wesleyan dropped their exhibition game to the Fuman Paladins in an 83-61 final on Friday evening.
Southern Wesleyan shot 44.8% from the field and went 42.1% from beyond the three point line in the loss to Furman. Ta'Jay Dunlap and Solomon Smith led the Warriors with 12 points. They were followed by Hunter Davis with 10 points. The Warriors had 15 assists during the game with Clenzo Ross leading the team with four and Edwon Brady following with three.
The Warriors recorded 31 rebounds during the game with Hunter Davis leading with six. Solomon Smith and Cameron Holmes followed with five rebounds each. Smith had the lone block of the evening and Ta'Jay Dunlap recorded two of the six steals.
Final: Furman 83, Southern Wesleyan 61
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-2) Furman (4-0)
How It Happened
Furman jumped out early, taking an 8-0 lead early on with two three point shots by Jordan Lyons. Hunter Davis put the Warriors on the board as Solomon Smith passed him the ball and he made a layup to make the score 8-2. A second layup by Davis allowed the Warriors to cut the Paladins lead to 8-4. Clenzo Ross sunk a 3-point jump shot to keep the Warriors within four points of Furman and make the score 9-13. The Paladins continued to push ahead, but a layup by Cameron Holmes kept Southern Wesleyan within striking distance with just under thirteen minutes left in the first half. Furman pulled away with three pointer by Alex Hunter, however Southern Wesleyan countered with a three pointer by Jalen Lowery and then a jump shot by Ross to put them down 19-28. The Warriors continued to battle as Ta'Jay Dunlap sunk a 3-point shot to put the score at 24-28. Southern Wesleyan was not discouraged, fighting back with a layup by Davis and then a layup by Solomon Smith to tie Furman 28-28. However, a jump shot by Noah Gurley allowed the Paladins to regain the lead. Despite a layup by Edwon Brady, the Warriors tailed 31-42 at the half.
The Paladins took the first points of the second half off a layup by Clay Mounce, but the Warriors quickly countered as Ta'Jay Dunlap made a jump shot to make the score 33-44. A three point jump shot by Solomon Smith allowed the Warriors to come to 36-44 behind the Paladins. Furman pulled away to a 12-point lead off a dunk by Noah Gurley. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight as Tranard Ferrell made back-to-back baskets to put the Warriors down 40-55. With just under ten minutes left, Edwon Brady made a three pointer to put the Warriors within 16-points of Furman. Ferrell sunk a jump shot in the paint to put the Warrior 45-64, and then a three pointer by Solomon Smith put the Warriors back within sixteen points. With just over six minutes left on the clock, Ta'Jay Dunlap made a layup to make the score 50-64. Despite a last minute 3-point shot by Ferrell, Southern Wesleyan fell to Furman in a 83-61 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will resume regular season action on November 16 as they host the North Georgia Nighthawks at 4 p.m. in Historic Tysinger Gymnasium. The Warriors will then hit the road to Carson-Newman on November 20 at 7 p.m. They will remain on the road as they open up Conference Carolinas action against the University of Mount Olive Trojans on November 23 at 4 p.m.