The Furman Paladins rolled to their eleventh conference win in the Southern Conference against the VMI Keydets. This victory helped Furman keep pace with sharing the first-place title in the SoCon with Samford and UNCG. The ending score of 94-65 resulted in the Dins expanding their win streak to seven.
The game started with Furman taking the lead with a three-pointer by Jalen Slawson, and the Paladins would continue to hold onto a lead for the entirety of the game. VMI managed to keep relative pace with Furman’s scoring with successful free throws and layups, which kept the game competitive for some time. VMI defense, however, utterly collapsed during the final minutes of the first half as they neglected to guard Furman shooters standing outside of the three-point line, and Furman would make them pay dearly for it. The final six minutes of the first half saw the Paladins score roughly 25 points unanswered by the VMI Keydets. The final score of the first half favored the Paladins, 54-23.
The second half involved the Furman Paladins maintaining their heavy lead, although the focus was more on defense and retaining the high lead. Furman would conclude the second half scoring the same amount as VMI and end with a 40-40 second-half record. Throughout the entire game, Furman showed dominance in three-pointers over VMI, with a 37.8% successful three-pointer throw rate compared to just a 25% successful three-pointer rate thrown by the Keydets, and the final win of 94-65 demonstrated Furman’s ability to deliver crushing wins at both home and away games.