Furman delivers November shock to Louisville in OT

Nov 12, 2021, 5:16 AM | Updated: 7:21 pm
Furman guard Mike Bothwell (3) shoots as Louisville forward Malik Williams (5) defends during the f...

Furman guard Mike Bothwell (3) shoots as Louisville forward Malik Williams (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mike Bothwell scored 30 points, including five in overtime, and Furman beat Louisville 80-72 on Friday night, snapping the Cardinals’ 59-game home winning streak in the month of November.

Garrett Hien added 18 points and Alex Hunter 17 to help the Paladins (2-0) post their first win over Louisville (1-1) in five all-time meetings, the previous one coming in 2002. Bothwell was two points short of his career high.

Louisville had slow starts to start the game and the second half but was able to recover both times to take leads. The Cardinals never got going in overtime with the Paladins scoring the first seven points. Noah Locke had all five of the Cardinals’ points in overtime, including a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining. But those were Louisville’s last with the Paladins finishing with four free throws.

Locke led Louisville with 20 points, Jae’lyn Withers added 14 and Jarrod West 10.

The Cardinals started the second half shooting 1 of 15, and Furman used a 9-0 run to take a 47-42 lead. A 3-pointer by Withers put Louisville back in front with under 10 minutes left and they kept it until Hien completed a three-point play with just over a minute remaining and sent the game to overtime tied at 67.

After making only only one of their first eight shots to start the game, the Cardinals ended up shooting 52% in the first half in rallying to take a 39-35 halftime lead. But they finished the game at only 36%.

Furman, which made a school-record 22 3-pointers in a 111-66 win over North Greenville in its opener, was 12 of 28 from the arc, its 43% from distance better than the 39% it shot overall. The Paladins didn’t have a 3-pointer in overtime and finished with three starters, including Bothwell and Hien, with four fouls.

Louisville made 7 of 29 3-point tries but more telling was Furman’s 43-41 rebounding advantage despite the presence of Louisville’s 6-foot-11 Malik Williams, who had a game-high 10 boards.

Furman hit six 3-pointers, three by Hunter, over the first 10 minutes of the game in building a 12-point lead before the Cardinals came back with Locke scoring the Cardinals’ last seven of the half. The Paladins finished the final five minutes of the half shooting just 3 of 15.

The Cardinals are playing their first six games without fourth-year head coach Chris Mack, who was suspended by the school for failing to follow university guidelines in the firing of ex-assistant Dino Gaudio last spring.


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