Greenville, S.C. – Less than 24 hours after capping a remarkable four-year career at Furman, senior Matt Rafferty was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 22 First Team, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
Rafferty tallied 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded five steals to lead the Paladins in a 76-70 loss to Wichita State in first round NIT action Wednesday night at Timmons Arena. The forward concluded his standout season ranked in the top five in the Southern Conference in every major statistical category by averaging 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game. He shot a league-best 61.5% from the field, boasted a 76.7% free throw percentage that ranked seventh in the SoCon and ranked fourth in the league with a 2.1 assists-to-turnover ratio.
A first team All-SoCon choice, Rafferty helped lead the Paladins to a school-record 25 wins as Furman finished with a 25-8 overall record, 13-5 league mark and its first NIT appearance since 1991. The Paladins spent three weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, shocked defending national champion and 2019 Big East Champion Villanova and also downed 2018 final four participant Loyola Chicago.
Rafferty, who accomplished much of his impressive senior success while playing with a torn labrum for more than six weeks, finished his career ranked 23rd on Furman's all-time scoring list with 1,340 points. He placed eighth in school history with 851 rebounds, tied for sixth with 98 blocked shots, and finished his four-year career ranked fourth on the all-time list with 186 steals. His 311 assists as a Paladin placed him 12th on the career ledger, while his 57.6% field goal percentage was good for fourth best in school history.
Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Matt Rafferty, Furman
Cameron Jackson, Wofford
Josh Sharkey, Samford
Francis Alonso, UNCG
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