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Men's Basketball Travels To Elon For Battle 4 Atlantis Regional

2015-16 Furman Men's Basketball
2015-16 Furman Men's Basketball

Furman vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's basketball team will travel to Elon, N.C. to take part in the mainland portion of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday and Friday at Alumni Gym on the Elon University campus.

The tournament tips off on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m. with host Elon battling Mount St. Mary's before Furman takes on Southland Conference member Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4:30 p.m.  The winners of Thursday's games will meet on Friday with Mount St. Mary's scheduled to face Furman or A&M-Corpus Christi at 4:30 p.m. and Elon set to face either the Paladins or Islanders at 7 p.m.  Live streaming and live statistics will be provided for all four games with the Paladins' contests also set to air on the Furman IMG Radio Network.

Furman enters Thursday's showdown with a 2-2 record after dropping an 83-58 decision at 19th-ranked UConn on Saturday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion in the Battle 4 Atlantis.  The Paladins fell behind by 20 points at the break after shooting just 20% in the opening 20 minutes, but rallied to trim the margin to 15 points with under 8:30 left before UConn finished strong to win by 25.  

Freshman Matt Rafferty, who is the only player in the Southern Conference to rank among the league's top 10 in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg), paced the Paladins with 15 points and nine boards on Saturday. Sophomore Geoff Beans drained four three-point baskets to add 14 points, while Kris Acox snagged 10 rebounds.

Thursday's contest will mark the first ever meeting between the Paladins and Islanders. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the game at 2-2 after following a 78-50 win over St. Edward's on Monday night. The Islanders recorded a season-opening win over Our Lady of Lakes before suffering back-to-back losses to instate foes Texas A&M and Texas.

Mount St. Mary's comes to Elon at 0-4 after suffering losses to Maryland, Ohio State, Washington and Gonzaga in the opening days of the 2015-16 season.  The Paladins and Mountaineers would be meeting for the first time.

Elon is 2-2 on the season with wins over Charlotte and Belmont Abbey and losses to Michigan and Syracuse.  The former SoCon member holds an 11-4 lead in the all-time series versus Furman and has won the last four games against the Paladins.

Friday's game will end a five-game road trip for the Paladins, who return to Timmons Arena to host Piedmont International on December 1. Liberty visits Greenville, S.C., on December 8, followed by Gardner-Webb (Dec. 12) and Bluefield (Dec. 16).

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information