Jan. 23, 2008
Greenville, S.C. - The Furman men's basketball team will conclude its four-game homestand Thursday hosting streaking Appalachian State in a 7 p.m. Southern Conference contest at Timmons Arena.
The Mountaineers (11-6, 6-2) have rebounded from an 0-2 start in SoCon play winning six straight games entering Thursday's meeting with Furman. Freshman guard Donald Sims, the SoCon's player-of-the-week has averaged 23.5 points per game over ASU's last two outings while senior forward Donte Minter has paced the Mountaineers this season averaging 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Paladins hold a 42-31 edge in the all-time series with ASU that dates back to the 1971-72 season. Furman has won the last four meetings with Appalachian State at Timmons Arena and have not dropped a game to the Mountaineers at the decade-old facility since the 1999-2000 campaign. In its last meeting versus Appalachian at Timmons Arena on February 3, 2007, Furman rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final minutes to force overtime on Moussa Diagne three-pointer as the clock expired. The Paladins finished off Appalachian in the extra period 76-72. Diagne finished with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field.
Furman (3-15, 2-7) is coming off a 74-66 victory over SoCon South Division rival College of Charleston on Saturday at Timmons. The Paladins jumped out to a double digit first half advantage and weathered a late Cougar rally to claim their third victory of the season. Junior Alex Opacic paced the Paladins with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Justin Dehm tallied 12 second half points, including seven down the stretch, to secure the victory.
After Thursday's game, Furman will travel to Georgia Southern for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Saturday before returning home to host The Citadel on Wednesday at 7 p.m.