The Citadel (5-15) at Furman (6-13)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Timmons Arena (4,000) -- Greenville, South Carolina.
Television: CSS. Home Record: The Citadel 4-7, Furman 5-4. Away Record:
The Citadel 1-8, Furman 1-9. Neutral Record: The Citadel 0-0, Furman 0-0.
Conference Record: The Citadel 2-8, Furman 3-5. Series Record: Furman leads,
GAME NOTES: Furman has delivered in a big way from long distance recently.
Additionally, in the last couple of years, the Paladins have thrived from
beyond the arc against The Citadel. Those two teams will meet on Saturday
afternoon in a Southern Conference clash.
The Paladins are coming off an 81-74 win over Georgia Southern on Thursday
night. It was a game in which Furman hit 64.3 percent of its field goal
attempts, including a stunning 12-of-18 from beyond the arc. That's the best
shooting percentages for the Paladins since a 126-33 rout of Virginia
Intermont on Dec. 29, 2004.
Charlie Reddick scored 20 points on a perfect 6-of-6 effort from the floor and
5-of-5 from 3-point range in Thursday's win at Timmons Arena. Bobby Austin was
also perfect from behind the arc, making all three of his attempts en route to
17 points for Furman, while Colin Reddick dropped 12 points before fouling
out. Stephen Croone and Bryant Irwin also reached double-digits with 11 and 10
Furman has won the last five meetings in the series with The Citadel. In three
of their last four encounters, the Paladins have hit eight or more shots from
beyond the arc.
The Paladins, who are fifth in the SoCon in 3-point field goal percentage
(.349), are led in scoring by Colin Reddick at 12.1 points per game. He also
paces the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg). Stephen Croone (8.9 ppg) and Charlie
Reddick (8.8 ppg) are second and third, respectively, in scoring for a team
that has recently gone more to the long-distance shot. Going into their Jan.
12 game against Davidson, the Paladins were shooting just 30 percent from
beyond the arc. In the last six games however, Furman has connected on 48.4
percent (46-of-95) from 3-point range.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 69-63 home win over Wofford on Thursday night.
Mike Groselle scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Groselle shot an impressive 10-of-16 from the floor for the Bulldogs as they
snapped a two-game slide, but at the same time he was charged with seven
turnovers which kept the hosts from pulling away earlier. P.J. Horgan
registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Matt
Van Scyoc with 10 points. Marshall Harris III responded with six points and 10
Groselle paces the The Citadel with 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per tilt,
while Van Scyoc (11.7 ppg) is the only other double-digit scorer. The problem
for the Bulldogs has been their perimeter defense, as they rank last in the
SoCon by allowing foes to shoot 37 percent from 3-point range.
A positive result today would give the Bulldogs consecutive triumphs over
upstate opponents Wofford and Furman for the first time since the 2005-06
season. That isn't likely to occur if the Paladins light it up from long
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Furman 73, The Citadel 63
02/02 10:55:04 ET