Jordan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Rafferty and Clay Mounce each had 15, and Furman stunned defending national champion Villanova in overtime, 76-68, on Saturday.

Noah Gurley and Alex Hunter added 13 points apiece for the surging Paladins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years.

Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gillespie had 19 for the No. 8 Wildcats, who were coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan in a rematch of April’s national championship game. It marked the first time Villanova lost back-to-back home games since December of 2013.

Furman guard Alex Hunter (10) and forward Clay Mounce (45) celebrate after their team defeated Villanova 76-68 in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Furman guard Alex Hunter (10) and forward Clay Mounce (45) celebrate after their team defeated Villanova 76-68 in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Lyons and Rafferty delivered huge buckets in overtime to key a 7-0 spurt that put the Paladins ahead 69-63 in the final minute, enough cushion for them to hang on for the victory in front of a shocked sellout crowd at the recently renovated Finneran Pavilion.

Trailing 58-53 with under four minutes to play in regulation, Joe Cremo hit a 3-pointer, Booth scored and Gillespie made a layup in transition to put Villanova in front, 60-58, in the final minute.

Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) tries to move around Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) tries to move around Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

After Lyons hit two free throws to tie the game at 60, Booth missed on the other end and Hunter misfired on a long 3-pointer in the final seconds. Cremo was called for a foul while going for the rebound, but Rafferty couldn’t connect on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.6 seconds left, setting the game up for OT.

Two days after pouring in 54 points while matching an NCAA record with 15 3-pointers, Lyons had a slew of big buckets, including one that put Furman ahead 48-46 with a little over 8 minutes remaining.

Furman head coach Bob Richey shouts from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Furman head coach Bob Richey shouts from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

After Booth scored five straight points for ‘Nova, Hunter tied it back up with a 3-pointer before Furman pulled ahead 55-51 on four straight points from Gurley. Another big 3 from Hunter gave the Paladins a five-point lead with just over four minutes to play as Furman looked completely unfazed by Villanova’s notoriously hostile home venue.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova guard Collin Gillespie (2) keeps the ball away from Furman guard Jordan Lyons (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Villanova guard Collin Gillespie (2) keeps the ball away from Furman guard Jordan Lyons (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Furman: The Paladins are looking to be a dominant mid-major squad and big-team killer. In their only other road game of the season, they upset another 2018 Final Four participant, Loyola-Chicago, on a last-second dunk.

Villanova: After losing four players from last year’s national championship squad to the NBA draft, coach Jay Wright continues to search for his best rotation. On Saturday, freshman Jahvon Quinerly, a five-star recruit, didn’t get in the game after playing key minutes in Villanova’s first three games. The Wildcats’ depth took a hit Friday when the team announced that redshirt sophomore Dylan Painter will transfer.

Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) tries to get around Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) tries to get around Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

UP NEXT

Furman hosts Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday.

Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) and Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) and guard Jordan Lyons (23) fight for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Furman won 76-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Villanova forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) and Furman forward Matt Rafferty (32) and guard Jordan Lyons (23) fight for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Furman won 76-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Villanova faces Canisius in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Thanksgiving.

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Source: The Associated Press

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