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Men's Basketball Opens Road Trip At Dayton On Saturday

Niko Medved
Niko Medved

Furman vs. Dayton Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's basketball team begins a three-game road swing on Saturday when it travels to UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, to take on the Atlantic 10 Conference's Dayton Flyers at 7 p.m.

The game will be televised on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and will be streamed live at www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.DaytonFlyers.com. Fans can listen to the game on the Furman IMG Radio Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the iHeart Radio app.

Furman enters the game at 6-4 after routing Bluefield College 94-46 on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena. Junior forward Kris Acox led the way with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Matt Rafferty added 16 points, 12 boards and eight assists. The Paladins posted a 52-8 edge in scoring in the paint and 57-19 rebounding advantage against the NAIA's Rams.

Senior Stephen Croone continues to leads the Paladins at 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per game. Rafferty has contributed 10.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and has notched four double-doubles this season.

Saturday's game marks the third all-time meeting between Furman and Dayton with the Flyers holding a 2-0 series lead.  Dayton claimed a 92-86 victory in the first meeting during the 1989-90 campaign before topping Furman 76-61 in the last meeting on December 21, 1994, at UD Arena.

The Flyers, No. 5 in the latest NCAA Division I RPI, come into the weekend at 7-2 on the season. Charles Cooke leads Dayton averaging 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

The Dayton game will serve as a homecoming for Paladin sophomores Geoff Beans and John Davis III. Beans played his prep basketball at Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio, while Davis, who poured in 12 points versus Bluefield on Wednesday, was a standout at Beachwood High in Beachwood, Ohio.

Following Saturday's game, Furman travels to face Navy on Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live and for free at www.FurmanPaladins.com.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information