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SoCon Contenders Furman, UNCG Battle Thursday Night At Timmons Arena

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Furman vs. UNCG Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- Southern Conference contenders Furman and UNCG are set to clash on the hardwood Thursday evening at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Tickets for Thursday's contest are still available and can be purchased at FurmanPaladins.com or at the Timmons Arena Box Office. Fans can listen to the action on the Furman IMG Sports Network at FoxSports 1440AM, via StretchAudio at FurmanPaladins.com or by using the TuneIn Radio app.

The Paladins, 20-5 overall and 9-4 in the league, have won four straight games and enter Thursday ranked No. 14 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, while also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Head coach Bob Richey's squad, which recently completed a 3-0 road swing, opened its four-game homestand with a decisive 91-61 victory over ETSU on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena. Seniors Matt Rafferty and Andrew Brown netted 19 and 17 points, respectively, and Furman shot a season-best 64% from the floor and 66.7% from behind the three-point line to avenge a December loss to the Bucs.

Saturday's win helped Furman clinch its third consecutive 20-win campaign and improved the Paladins to 29-4 at home versus SoCon foes since the start of the 2015-16 season. Rafferty, who leads the team averaging 17.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game, recorded three steals versus ETSU to become Furman's single season thefts leader with 67.

UNCG is 22-3 overall and 11-1 in SoCon play entering Thursday and the Spartans are riding an eight-game winning streak that started with an 89-79 triumph over Furman on January 12, in Greensboro, N.C. Guard Isaiah Miller posted a career-best 25 points in the first meeting to help UNCG overcome a Paladin squad that shot 52.9%, including 10-of-18 from three-point range. Rafferty paced Furman with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

The Spartans hold an 18-16 series advantage versus Furman and have won each of the last four meetings, including handing Furman two of its four home conference losses over the past four seasons.

Furman continues its homestand on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when it entertains VMI. The Paladins cap the 2018-19 home schedule on February 23, against first place Wofford.