BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Noah Gurley scored 18 points and Furman defeated Gardner-Webb 70-63 in a season opener on Tuesday night.
The game was tied at 39 early in the second half before Furman went on a 16-5 run to lead 55-44 with 10:57 remaining.
The lead peaked at 14 before Gardner-Webb drew within 60-58, the last three points coming on a 3-pointer by Jose Perez with 3:40 remaining. Furman closed it out by making 8 of 10 free throws over the final 2:37.
Perez scored 19 points for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Ludovic Dufeal added 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Furman faces Loyola of Chicago at home on Friday. Gardner-Webb plays Western Carolina on the road on Saturday.
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