Western Carolina Plays Host To First Place Furman Basketball On Wednesday Night

Kris Acox (photo by: Citadel Media Relations)
Kris Acox (photo by: Citadel Media Relations)

Furman vs. WCU Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- Southern Conference-leading Furman, ranked 12th in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 and a winner of nine straight games, continues its quest for a league title on Wednesday when it travels to Cullowhee, N.C., and the Liston B. Ramsey Center to face Western Carolina.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The audio broadcast will be available locally in Greenville on FoxSports 1440AM and worldwide by using the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, audio stream and live statistics can be found at FurmanPaladins.com.

The Paladin Club will host a Furman Basketball Watch Party on Wednesday night, beginning at 6 p.m. at American Burger Company at 301 E. McBee Avenue in downtown Greenville. Come meet friends and fellow Furman fans to cheer on the Paladins as they go for their 10th straight victory. Let the American Burger folks know you are there for the Furman game and receive a free domestic bottled beer of non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.

Wednesday's contest marks the fourth game in seven days for the Paladins, who downed VMI, 80-52, on Monday night at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va. Junior John Davis III tallied a team-best 13 points to pace five Paladins in double figures, while the Furman defense limited the Keydets to just 33% shooting on the night and only 19 first half points.

Furman heads to Cullowhee with a 40-29 lead in the all-time series versus Western Carolina and winners of three of the last four meetings. On January 25, the Paladins downed the Catamounts, 85-37, at Timmons Arena behind 25 points from junior Devin Sibley. The 48-point margin of victory was the largest for a Furman team against a SoCon opponent since defeating Davidson by 49 points and The Citadel by 87 points during the 1954-55 campaign. Despite its recent success versus WCU, Furman has dropped its last three decisions in Cullowhee.

A win on Wednesday for Furman  (19-8, 12-2 SoCon) would give the Paladins 10 straight victories for the first time since 1980, equal the school's longest road winning streak (5 games) in the modern era, allow the Paladins to reach the 20-win plateau for just the 10th time in school history and maintain at least a game-and-a-half lead over ETSU in the league standings.

Furman returns home on Saturday when it entertains the UNCG Spartans in a key SoCon showdown at 4 p.m. at Timmons Arena. Tickets for Saturday's game are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office or online at FurmanPaladins.com.




Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information