Matt Rafferty and Clay Mounce added 15 points apiece, as Furman now sits at 5-0 for the first time since 1988. After staying competitive through regulation, Furman outscored the eighth-ranked Wildcats, 16-8, in the extra period, including a 7-0 run that helped them pull away for good. Noah Gurley and Alex Hunter each added 13 points for the visitors that stunned the soldout crowd at the Finneran Pavilion, a crowd that is quickly growing impatient with their new-look basketball team.
The Wildcats are now 2-2 on the young season, and one of their few familiar faces did their best to avoid another upset. That was Phil Booth, who led the Wildcats with 20 points, while Colin Gillespie scored 19 in Nova's fourth straight home game to begin the season. They were coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan in a National Championship Game rematch earlier this weekend, and may fall right out of the AP rankings after this defeat.
Miscues on the Villanova side of things helped Furman dominate overtime, as they converted on two three-point plays, while hitting four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Lyons was impressive at the free throw line to help his team, just two days after putting up 54 points in a win over North Greenville. He helped the Paladins tie an NCAA single-game record with 15 three-pointers to earn the 100-67 home victory.
Villanova will hope to figure things out when they visit Canisius on Thanksgiving afternoon. Meanwhile, Furman will look to stay perfect as they move on to host Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday night.