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Furci Maintains Lead Through Two Rounds



PALM HARBOR, Fla. - DePaul sophomore Michael Furci held his lead for the second straight day and is alone at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday of the BIG EAST Championship. Furci carded an even-par 71 on Monday and holds a one-stroke advantage over Georgetown's Vincenzo Salina at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.

Furci's two-round total of 140 puts him at two-under par for the tournament. He lowered his overall score to four-under par entering the final two holes on Monday, but posted a bogey on both the 17th and 18th holes to finish his second round at 71. In 36 holes of competition, Furci has been very steady with 28 pars, five birdies and just three bogeys.

As a team, the Blue Demons are in 11th place. Greg Doherty and Ben Westley are in a group in 41st place while Russell Budd is tied for 55 and Charles Boucher is 59th. Doherty shot a 75 on Monday and Westley fired a 74 with each player totaling 152 (+10) for the tournament. Budd followed an 80 on Sunday with a 78 in the second round to sit six strokes behind Doherty and Westley and Boucher has posted a pair of 80's so far in the tournament.

Only Furci and Salina are below par entering the final round on Tuesday with Max Scodro of Notre Dame in third place with an even-par score of 142 (71-71). Salina opened the tournament with a 72 before carding a 69 on Monday.

Georgetown leads the team leaderboard at 580 just five strokes ahead of second-place St. John's. Seton Hall and Louisville are tie for third with team scores of 587.

Tuesday's final round starts at 8 a.m. ET with the Blue Demons beginning play on the back nine of the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Live scoring is available for the tournament at www.golfstat.com.