Trailing by five at the break, Furman took the lead during a 17-0 run in the second half that included Croone's go-ahead bucket. Western Carolina (13-16, 8-9) closed the game with an 8-2 run.
Neither team shot well. Furman hit 28.3 percent on 46 attempts from the floor while holding Western Carolina to 17 of 66 (25.8 percent). The Paladins enjoyed a 24-14 advantage in made free throws.