College of Charleston guard Anthony Stitt scored 14 points and Andrew Lawrence added 13 points to lead the Cougars past Furman, 60-56, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of about 3,000 at TD Arena.
Early on it looked like the Cougars (10-4, 2-0 in SoCon) would run away with the game, leading 24-11, midway through the first half.
But the Paladins (3-10, 0-2), led by Colin Reddick’s 25 points, worked their back into the game.
The Paladins led 54-49 with less than three minutes left on the game, but the Cougars went on a 10-0 run to grab a 59-54 lead on a Lawrence 3-pointer and an two free throws by Stitt.
Willis Hall finished the game with six points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Thomas had 10 points for the Cougars.
The Cougars will play Samford next Thursday night at TD Arena.