Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's basketball team continues its preparations for the 2012-13 campaign when it hosts the NCAA Division II Limestone Saints in an exhibition game on Saturday at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
The Paladins, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Jeff Jackson, are looking to improve on a 15-16 overall record and 8-10 league mark from a year ago. They return five players with at least 10 starts under their belts, including junior Charlie Reddick who averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. Jackson also welcomes back sixth-year senior Bobby Austin (7.5 ppg, 37.5% 3FG%), 6-foot-7 senior Bryant Irwin (7.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and 6-foot-9 senior Colin Reddick (4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
Sophomore Jordan Loyd, who started 13 games as a freshman, returns after averaging 6.0 points and 3.4 rebound per game while totaling 47 assists in his rookie season. Keith Belfield, a 6-foot-6 forward who sat out last season with an injury, 6-foot-4 freshman Larry Wideman and 6-foot-9 freshman Kendrec Ferrara are among the Paladins who will be fighting for their first playing time in the purple and white.
The Saints will be playing their second preseason tuneup after dropping an 86-71 decision at home against Athletes in Action on Tuesday night. Senior forward Charles Blue paced Limestone in defeat with 22 points.
Fans can follow live statistics of Saturday's exhibition opener by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com. Furman opens its regular season and a four-game homestand on Saturday, November 10, when it hosts Ivy League member Columbia at 7 p.m. in Timmons Arena.