Croone scores 15, Acox gets double-double as Furman holds off Western Carolina 53-49

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    GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Stephen Croone scored 15 points, including the go-ahead bucket, to lead Furman to a 53-49 win over Western Carolina on Thursday night, snapping a seven-game skid.

    Kris Acox contributed 12 points while pulling down 17 rebounds and Geoff Beans added 11 points — all in the second half — as Furman (8-20, 5-12 Southern) avenged a Jan. 5 loss to Western Carolina.

    Trailing by five at the break, Furman took the lead during a 17-0 run in the second half that included Croone's go-ahead bucket. Western Carolina (13-16, 8-9) closed the game with an 8-2 run.

    Neither team shot well. Furman hit 28.3 percent on 46 attempts from the floor while holding Western Carolina to 17 of 66 (25.8 percent). The Paladins enjoyed a 24-14 advantage in made free throws.

    Mike Brown led the Catamounts with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while James Sinclair added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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