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Furman Prepares For Saturday SoCon Showdown At Wofford

Jordan Lyons
Jordan Lyons

Furman at Wofford Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- First-place Furman goes for its fifth straight victory and looks to remain perfect in Southern Conference play when it makes its first trip to the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., for an anticipated league matchup against the Wofford Terriers on Saturday.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3. Fans can also listen to Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy call the action on FoxSports 1440AM, via the TuneIn Radio app or through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.

Saturday's game is the 141st meeting between the Paladins (13-4, 4-0 SoCon) and the Terriers (11-5, 2-1 SoCon). Furman holds an 85-55 series lead and claimed a 78-69 victory in the last meeting on February 25, 2017, at Timmons Arena, but Wofford has won 17 of the last 22 meetings and six straight in Spartanburg. The Paladins last victory at Wofford was a 73-68 decision in overtime on January 24, 2011. The teams have split the season series in each of the last two years.

Furman claimed its fourth straight win and opened SoCon play at 4-0 for the first time since the 1986-87 campaign with a 73-55 win at Chattanooga on Wednesday night. Leading 49-46 with under 10 minutes to play, the Paladins used a 17-2 run to open up a 66-48 margin and put the game away. Junior Matt Rafferty finished with a team-high 17 points, while fellow junior Andrew Brown added 16 points. Senior Devin Sibley, who leads the Paladins averaging 15.6 points per game, matched a career-best with 10 rebounds.

Sibley has averaged 4.8 rebounds per game to go with his 15.6 points. Senior Daniel Fowler has added 11.9 points per game, while Rafferty and John Davis III have scored 11.6 and 11.5 per contest, respectively. Rafferty ranks first in the SoCon in field goal percentage (65.3%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and stands second in the league averaging 7.9 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mike Young's Terriers edged Harvard on Wednesday to improve to 11-5. Wofford leads the SoCon in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage and is led by junior Fletcher Magee's SoCon-best 23.0 points per game.

Following Saturday's tilt in Spartanburg, Furman returns home to host ETSU on Thursday at 7 p.m. for "90's Night" at Timmons Arena before entertaining Samford at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, as part of "Legends Weekend".


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information