GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Junior guard Robby Bostain scored a
career high 27 as Furman held off a late Kennesaw State charge to
claim an 83-76 win in the opening round of the Jack In The Box
Eric Webb added 15 for the Paladins (5-5), who will play South
Carolina State in the tournament's championship game Friday night.
The Bulldogs topped Marshall 71-66 in the first round.
Junior guard Golden Ingle scored 22 to pace the Owls (4-6) who
will take on Marshall in the classic's consolation game.
A fast-break slam by Moussa Diagne gave Furman a 76-69 lead with
40 seconds left, but the Owls got four free throws by Ingle and a
three-point shot by Ryan Nelson to close within 2 at 78-76. Bostain
hit one free throw at 19 seconds and four more with 3.5 seconds
left on an intentional foul and a technical on the Kennesaw bench.
Owls coach Tony Ingle earlier earned a pair of technicals and
was ejected from the game by official Tim Clougherty.
Webb hit all four of those free throws to give Furman its
largest lead at 62-53 with 6:45 to go.
The game had 64 total free throw attempts, 40 by Furman and 24
by Kennesaw. Bostain hit 15-of-20 and Ingle 13-of-14.