Wednesday, January 16, 2008

From Furman website

Furman Set To Renew SoCon Rivalry With Davidson On Wednesday
Wildcats Have Won 20 Of The Last 21 Meetings With Furman

Jan. 15, 2008

Greenville, S.C. - The Furman men's basketball team will play host to the Southern Conference South Division leading Davidson Wildcats in a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday at Timmons Arena.

The SoCon game will mark the 148th meeting in a series between Furman and Davidson that dates back to 1909. The Wildcats hold an 87-60 series lead and have won 20 of the last 21 meetings against the Paladins, including a 91-68 triumph in last year's SoCon Tournament quarterfinals. The Paladins only victory over Davidson in the last 12 years was a 70-66 decision at Timmons Arena during the 2005-06 campaign.

The Wildcats enter the game at 8-6 overall and 6-0 in SoCon play following an 85-50 victory at Wofford this past weekend. Davidson has won four straight overall and 19 straight against league opposition dating back to January of 2007.

Stephen Curry, the 2006-07 SoCon Freshman-of-the-Year, leads the Wildcats averaging 23.6 points per game. He is joined in double figures by senior guard Jason Richards at 12.9 per contest.

Furman (2-14, 1-6) dropped its third straight game on Saturday falling 60-58 to Elon in heartbreaking fashion. Tony Anderson buried a three-pointer at the buzzer that looked to have given the Paladins the victory, but it was ruled moments later that the shot was released after time had expired. Junior Alex Opacic sparked Furman's rally from a 15-point deficit with a career-best 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Following Wednesday's game, Furman will host the College of Charleston in a regionally televised game on Saturday at 5 p.m. The battle against the cross state rival Cougars will be broadcast live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

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