GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Larry Wideman knocked down a game-high four 3-pointers en route to 18 points and Furman beat Southern Wesleyan 90-71 Tuesday night.
Southern Wesleyan jumped ahead 5-4 behind a Kenny Joyner dunk but would not see the lead again as Furman reeled off eight straight to go ahead 12-5.
Furman pushed its lead to 24-9 with 11:36 left in the first half and led 43-30 at halftime.
The Paladins shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) in the first half.
Southern Wesleyan outscored Furman 36-32 in the paint but the Paladins made 9 of 20 shots from 3-point range and scored 32 points off 20 turnovers.
Richard Gibson led Southern Wesleyan with 16 and Nikola Lambic (12 points, 10 rebounds) recorded a double-double.
Despite departures that will hurt the frontcourt depth, the Buckeyes return their top six scorers and will have experience in the starting lineup.
Ben Bentil said that he will remain in the NBA draft and said he is "ready for the next chapter in my life."
Christian Kessee, Coppin State's leading scorer last season, has officially transferred to Memphis. The school announced the move Friday.