GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP/WRCB) - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team made history on Thursday night.
And not the good kind.
Brandon Sebirumbi posted a double-double and Furman pulled away in the second half for a 65-55 victory, securing the Mocs' winless road record in the program's Division I era.
UTC finished the regular season 0-14 in games away from McKenzie Arena. Its 10-20 overall record also marks the first 20-loss season in program history.
"We have a long trip back to Chattanooga," said head coach John Shulman. "We have to find some juice. If I said we had no confidence, it would be an understatement. We have below no confidence.
"When you are on a fine line, everything has to go right. At some time or another, we have to make some plays."
Sebirumbi made plenty of them while scoring a game-high 19 points, 10 in the first half, and grabbing 14 rebounds - nine off the offensive glass. He helped give the Paladins (14-14, 8-9) a 30-26 halftime lead despite going a collective 0-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.
"They dominated us on the glass," said Mocs' senior guard Ricky Taylor. "We just need to do a better job on rebounds and hustle plays, then we are going to be just fine. When we don't get the rebounds, we hang our heads down and get discouraged because we know deep down inside that we were supposed to get it.
"Once we correct those mistakes, then we are going to be fine."
Furman, which had lost three of its previous four games, stretched the lead to 50-42 with 6:54 to play before turning up the defense. The Paladins held the Mocs without a field goal for the next four minutes while using a 15-2 run to put the game away.
The Paladins hit five of 13 from 3-point range after halftime, including a trey by Bryson Barnes that capped the run with 3:09 left for a 65-44 advantage.
Chattanooga (10-20, 4-13) got 13 points from Taylor and 10 from fellow guard Rico White. Each hit two 3-pointers, but the Mocs had just one other trey.
They've lost four straight and 11 of their last 12 heading into Saturday's regular season finale against Samford at McKenzie Arena.
"I would love to have a great crowd on Saturday night for our seniors," Shulman said. "In some ways I am mad at them, but in others I feel bad for them. The competitive guy in me is mad at them, but the right human in me, I feel bad for them.
"They don't want to it to end this way. They don't want their legacy to be remembered this way, but it is what it is. We have battle come Saturday night."
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