CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Kendrec Ferrara scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in leading Furman to a 76-71 win over The Citadel on Saturday night.
Both teams entered the game knowing the winner would break out of the cellar of the Southern Conference and Furman (7-12, 1-5) appeared most determined to leave The Citadel behind by taking a 39-25 lead into the half.
The Citadel (4-16, 0-5) regrouped near the middle of the second half and over the next eight minutes cut the Paladin lead to 62-58.
Furman allowed The Citadel to stay in the game down the stretch by missing some key free throws and the Bulldogs trailed 72-69 on a Brian White jumper with 17 seconds left.
A pair of free throws by Stephen Croone and William Gates in the final 12 seconds locked in the win for Furman.
Ashton Moore led The Citadel with 25 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.