Furman Basketball Set To Host Tennessee Tech On Saturday Afternoon

Matt Rafferty
Matt Rafferty

Furman vs. Tennessee Tech Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman continues its five-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Tennessee Tech for a 4 p.m. non-conference men's basketball showdown at Timmons Arena.

Saturday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Tickets are available at FurmanPaladins.com or by visiting the Timmons Arena Box Office, and the first 350 fans in the arena will receive a free Furman rally towel.

The Paladins, 4-3 on the season, are looking to bounce back from a 93-74 loss to Winthrop on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena. The Eagles shot 57% in the first half and raced out to a 52-32 advantage en route to a 19-point win. Xavier Cooks notched a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Ferguson totaled 17 points and 13 boards. Daniel Fowler paced Furman with 16 points and Matt Rafferty added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Devin Sibley leads the Paladins averaging 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. John Davis III and Fowler have contributed 12.3 and 12.1 points per game, respectively, while Rafferty has added 11.0 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per outing.

Saturday's game marks the fourth meeting in the all-time series between Furman and Tennessee Tech with the Paladins holding a 2-1 series lead. Sibley scored 21 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists to guide the Paladins to a 68-62 victory versus the Golden Eagles in Cookeville, Tenn., last season on December 19. Furman is 1-0 versus TTU in Greenville, having claimed a 95-78 decision on December 29, 1977, in the Poinsettia Classic.

Tennessee Tech arrives in Greenville with a 7-1 record and six-game winning streak following an 86-80 home win over Lipscomb on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles, led in scoring by Curtis Phillips' 15.1 points per game, are averaging 89 points per game and shooting 40.4% from three-point range this season.

Following Saturday's matchup, Furman will host UNC Asheville on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Furman women's basketball team.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information