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Furman Basketball Drive For Excellence Campaign Announced

Furman Basketball Drive For Excellence
Furman Basketball Drive For Excellence

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University Director of Athletics Mike Buddie today announced a $1 million fundraising campaign to support the school's men's and women's basketball programs.

The "Furman Basketball Drive For Excellence" is a five-year initiative to support men's and women's operations and the installation of video boards in Timmons Arena, the on-campus home of Paladin basketball.

"The future of Furman Basketball has never been brighter, and this campaign will put us on solid footing for the foreseeable future," said Buddie on Friday.  "This effort will greatly improve the fan experience in Timmons Arena and also equip our head coaches with the resources necessary to continue their rise to the top of the Southern Conference standings."

Winners of six straight games, Furman's men's basketball team posted a 22-9 regular season record under first-year head coach Bob Richey and heads into 2018 SoCon Tournament action on Saturday as the No. 3 seed.  The Paladins' 22 wins marked a school record and gave Furman its first back-to-back 20-win campaigns since the 1979 and '80 seasons.  Furman has also proven especially tough at home, fashioning a 38-8 mark in Timmons Arena over the last three years.

Under the direction of head coach Jackie Carson '00, Furman's women's program posted a 17-13 record this year and were again tough at home, going 12-2 in Timmons Arena.  The Paladins have won 73 percent of their home games in Carson's eight seasons as head coach at her alma mater.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information