Greenville, S.C. – The 24th-ranked Furman Paladins go for their nation-leading 13th consecutive win on Friday in the non-conference finale versus LSU at the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. EST and the game will be streamed live on the SEC Network+.
Furman, ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, improved to 12-0 with a 93-50 victory over UNC Wilmington Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena. Sophomore Clay Mounce paced the Paladins with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while senior Matt Rafferty tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks on his way to earning Southern Conference Player of the Week honors.
Junior Jordan Lyons, who contributed 16 points in the win over UNCW, lead the Paladins averaging 18.2 points per game. Rafferty has added 17.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Friday's contest will mark just the second meeting on the hardwood between the Paladins and Tigers. In the first series meeting on December 29, 1960, Bobby Pinson scored with six seconds left to propel Furman to a 56-55, triple overtime victory in the Poinsettia Classic at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium. Jerry Smith and Tom Conard led Furman with 13 points apiece.
LSU upped its record to 8-3 with a 78-74 victory over St. Mary's on Saturday evening. The Tigers will be the first SEC opponent that Furman has faced since falling 66-61 at Tennessee last December.
Furman enters Friday riding a school-record 18-game regular season winning streak and has won 19 of its last 20 games overall. The Paladins, who have won 10 straight games at home and eight consecutive true road contests, are the first SoCon team to start the season 12-0 since Davidson won its first 15 games during the 1963-64 season.
Fans can listen to Friday's game on FoxSports 1440AM, through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com and via the TuneIn Radio app. The Furman broadcast will also by carried on SiriusXM channel 201 for the first time.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information