Birmingham, Ala. (Furman SID) — Junior Daniel Fowler poured in a career-high 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a career-best eight assists as Furman snapped UAB’s 26-game home winning streak at Bartow Arena, 84-74, in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night in Birmingham, Ala.
Trailing 50-45 with 18:49 to play after UAB’s William Lee connected in the paint, the Paladins held the Blazers without a field goal for 12:21 to take control of the ball game. Fowler tied the game at 59-59 with a layup and drained the free throw to complete the three-point play to give the Paladins a 60-59 advantage with 10:57 to play.
UAB tied the game at 62-62 following a Fowler basket and three Blazer free throws, but Furman went on an 11-0 run to take the lead back for good. Jalen Williams swatted a shot on the defensive end and buried two free throws on the other end to start the run before freshman Jordan Lyons drained a three from the left wing on the Paladins’ next possession. John Davis III stole the ball on UAB’s next trip and Andrew Brown fed Fowler for a trey. After another defensive stop by Furman, Brown connected on a long range bomb of his own to give the Paladins a 73-62 lead with 6:46 to play.
Tosin Mehinti scored to end UAB’s field goal drought and Lee added a free throw, but Sibley and Davis netted back-to-back layups and Sibley sank a trey to push the lead to 80-65 with 2:15 left.
“This is just a great win for the kids and a great win for our program,” said Paladin head coach Niko Medved. “It was a terrific response from these guys after we played poorly on Friday night and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Fowler connected on 7-of-11 shots, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and made all five of his free throw attempts while playing turnover free in 36 minutes of action.
“Daniel Fowler was just the player we knew he could be, the best player in the gym,” said Medved. “It was just a great effort by our guys.”
The Paladins held UAB to 4-for-24 shooting in the second half, including just 1-for-11 from three-point range. Furman shot 53.8% from the floor, while holding the Blazers to just 39.6%.
Junior Geoff Beans hit 4-of-5 threes to tally 14 points and Sibley added 13 points, seven boards and four assists. Kris Acox and Davis rounded out the Paladins’ double figure scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Furman connected on 15-of-24 three-point attempts. The 15 treys tied for third most in program history, while the 62.5% effort beyond the arc was eighth best for a Paladin squad.
Lee and Dirk Williams paced UAB with 15 points apiece.
The Paladins are back in action on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they face the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network and streamed live on the WatchESPN app. Fans can listen to Thursday’s action on Furman flagship station Fox Sports 1440AM and via the TuneIn Radio app with Dan Scott calling the play-by-play.