Rock Hill, S.C. — Winthrop’s Anders Broman banked in a desperation three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 58-57 victory over Furman in non-conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night at the Winthrop Coliseum.
With 1:14 to play in overtime and Furman trailing 55-53, Devin Sibley penetrated and connected on a jumper in the middle of the lane to pull the Paladins even. Winthrop’s Xavier Cooks missed a wild shot in the paint on the Eagles’ next possession and Daniel Fowler put Furman in front, 57-55, on a driving layup with 26 seconds to go.
Following an Eagle timeout with 20.2 seconds remaining, Keon Johnson got caught in the air on a drive down the left baseline and hurled a pass out of traffic. Broman tracked down the ball almost 25 feet from the basket and banked in his desperation shot from left of the key. After a timeout by the Paladins, Broman’s brother, Bjorn Broman, intercepted Furman’s full court inbounds pass to seal the verdict.
Cooks led Winthrop with 14 points, while Anders Broman drained 4-of-8 treys to score 12 points. Tevin Prescott added 10 points for the Eagles, who shot just 38.9% from the field and made only 8-of-26 three-point attempts.
Sibley led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added six rebounds. John Davis III scored 10 points to go with five boards and four steals, while Geoff Beans netted eight points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds for the Paladins.
Furman shot 37.7% from the floor, including 5-for-22 from beyond the arc, but the Paladins managed a 37-36 rebounding edge and outscored the Eagles 30-22 in the paint. The Paladins forced 20 Winthrop turnovers and recorded 12 steals on the night.
Furman jumped out to a 7-0 and held Winthrop to 1-for-13 shooting in the early portion of the first half as the Paladins carried a 25-21 lead into the break. Winthrop used a 7-0 run to start the second period and grab the lead, but the Paladins capped an 11-2 run with a Sibley triple to fashion a 36-30 lead with 11:35 to play.
The Paladins led until Bjorn Broman gave Winthrop a 48-46 advantage on a trey with 3:08 to play. Matt Rafferty knotted the game for Furman with 36 seconds left and the Paladins got a defensive stop to force the extra period.
Furman (3-4) returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Navy at Timmons Arena.