GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Idle since absorbing a 52-46 loss at Marshall on Dec. 20, Furman returns to action on Saturday when it makes the short trip to Spartanburg to take on USC Upstate in a 4:30 p.m. contest at the Hodge Center in the Paladins' final non-conference game of the year.
Saturday's game will be broadcast online by StretchAudio through Furman All-Access at www.furmanpaladins.com, with Bryant Lambert on the call. Live stats will be provided through www.furmanpaladins.com and in-game twitter updates via twitter.com/FurmanPaladins
The Paladins have dropped six straight and haven't won since posting a 73-64 win over Mercer on Nov. 24 in Greenville. The stretch has seen Furman average only 39.8 points and shoot just 25.6 percent (81-of-316 FGs).
Furman's struggles have been magnified by the loss of sophomore forward Sarah Durdaller (15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) to a broken foot sustained in the win over Mercer.
The Paladins and Spartans last met in Greenville during the 1984-85 season in a game Furman won, 81-57. USC Upstate enters Saturday's game sporting a 4-6 record, having last played on Dec. 16 against High Point (77-67 loss). One of the Spartans' four triumphs was a 51-48 verdict over SoCon member Western Carolina.
Following Saturday's game the Paladins will return to league play when they entertain Appalachian State on Jan. 7 in Greenville.