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Paladins Set To Host Liberty On Tuesday Night

Stephen Croone
Stephen Croone

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Listen to the Coach Niko Medved Show  / Liberty Game Video Preview

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's basketball team continues its four-game homestand on Tuesday night when it hosts the Liberty Flames at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Fans can listen to the contest on the Furman IMG Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the iHeart Radio app.

The Paladins (4-3) hold a 3-1 lead in the all-time series versus Liberty (3-6, 0-2 Big South).  The Flames claimed a 66-52 decision in Lynchburg, Va., on December 1, 2014, after the Paladins took an 86-83 victory at Timmons Arena the previous season when Stephen Croone poured in a career-high 40 points to become the first Paladin to reach the 40-point plateau since 1972.

Croone is averaging a team-best 15 points and three assists so far this season and has helped Furman to wins in its last two outings.  Freshman forward Matt Rafferty has added 12 points and a league-best 9.3 rebounds per game, while notching three double-doubles so far this year.

Last time out, freshman Andrew Brown posted career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds to guide Furman to a 99-38 win over Piedmont International last Tuesday in Timmons Arena.  Croone and forward Kris Acox added 15 points apiece as the Paladins established season-highs with 99 points, 56 rebounds, 51 points in the paint and a 54.2% shooting percentage from the field.

The Paladins, who have connected on better than 50% of their field goal attempts in each of their last two games, posted their largest margin of victory in 10 years and highest rebounding total in almost 15 years in the win over the Bruins.

The Coach Niko Medved Show will air on Monday night from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Shortfield's Restaurant in Travelers Rest, S.C. The show will be hosted by Furman play-by-play voice Dan Scott and will air on WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM. It will also be available by searching "Furman Paladins" on your TuneIn Radio app.

Furman Basketball is partnering with once again to sponsor this year's Toy Drive.  The Toys will be distributed to the Pendleton Place & Church of God Home for Children as well as the Salvation Army Toys for Tots. Everyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy in the original box to the men's basketball game on December 8, versus Liberty will receive one free ticket for every ticket purchased.  

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information