Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's basketball team welcomes instate rival Clemson to YP.com Court at Timmons Arena for the first time when the Paladins and Tigers square off at 7 p.m. on Friday night in a game that will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.com.
The contest marks the 149th renewal of the rivalry between the Paladins and Tigers and first meeting in Greenville since Clemson scored a 74-70 victory over Furman at the Bi-Lo Center on December 30, 1999. Clemson holds a 97-51 lead in the all-time series and has won 28 consecutive over the Paladins, including a 59-49 victory in last season's meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum. Furman has not defeated the Tigers since claiming an 87-79 win in Clemson, S.C., on January 25, 1978.
After opening its season with a 68-47 loss to Columbia last Saturday in Timmons Arena, Furman notched its first win of the 2012-13 campaign with a 90-71 triumph over Southern Wesleyan on Tuesday night in Greenville, S.C. Freshman Larry Wideman poured in 18 points in just his second collegiate contest while 6-foot-9 senior Colin Reddick netted a career-high 16 points to go with six rebounds. Freshman Stephen Croone, starting at point guard in place of the injured Jordan Loyd, dished out a school record tying 14 assists for the Paladins.
Clemson, behind leading scorer Milton Jennings, opened its season with a 77-44 triumph over Big South member Presbyterian College on Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Tickets for Friday night's showdown with Clemson are available thru Ticketmaster at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Every ticket to a Furman men's basketball home game is an All-Inclusive Ticket, allowing fans free, unlimited trips to the concession stand for hamburgers, hotdogs, Pizza Hut Pizza, nachos and soft drinks.
All Furman men's basketball games during the 2012-13 season will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM. Each game will also be streamed live thru Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott will provide play-by-play with former Paladin guard Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.