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Furman (6-20) at Georgia Southern (11-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hanner Fieldhouse (4,378) -- Statesboro, Georgia. Television: None. Home Record: Furman 5-8, GSU 6-6. Away Record: Furman 1-12, GSU 4-10. Neutral Record: Furman 0-0, GSU 1-1. Conference Record: Furman 3-12, GSU 5-10. Series Record: Furman leads, 24-23.
GAME NOTES: This has been a season to forget for the Furman Paladins, but a small consolation for a horrendous record would be a sweep of the Georgia Southern Eagles, as the two Southern Conference foes meet Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Paladins have lost seven in a row since their Jan. 31 win over the Eagles. That includes a 73-36 thumping at Davidson on Wednesday. Larry Wideman scored a game-high 18 points. Furman shot just 25 percent from the floor for its season-low point total. This is the longest skid for the Paladins since losing eight straight during the 2008-09 campaign as part of a 1-15 stretch.
On the positive side for the Paladins, they have won six of the last eight meetings against the Eagles. The Paladins beat the Eagles, 81-74 in the first meeting. Charlie Reddick led five Furman players in double figures with 20 points.
Colin Reddick leads the Paladins averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He's the lone player in the team averaging double figures in points. He also ranks sixth in the league through 26 games shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Stephen Croone is second on the squad in scoring at 9.8 points, while Charlie Reddick is third at 9.5 points and Wideman (8.0 ppg) fourth.
Georgia Southern has lost back-to-back contests, including a 53-47 setback at home against Wofford Thursday. Eric Ferguson tallied 11 points as the only player in double figures for Georgia Southern, which has lost four of its last five games.
Ferguson (14.4 ppg) leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding (6.6 rpg), and he's in the top-10 scoring in the Southern Conference. C.J. Reed (12.8 ppg) is second in scoring. The Eagles certainly haven't helped themselves in free situations, as they are making only 65.9 percent of their foul shots, which is next-to-last in the SoCon. On the defensive side, they're limiting teams to 31.9 percent shooting from 3-point range, which is third-best in the conference.
Furman, which is averaging only 61 points, has lived or died by the 3-point line this season. The Paladins are 6-0 when shooting at least 40 percent from beyond the arc, but 0-20 when not reaching that mark. Furman shot a season- best 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from 3-point range in the Jan. 31 meeting. It's unlikely to happen again, and the Eagles should roll in their final home game of the 2012-13 season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Southern 72, Furman 60
02/23 10:32:34 ET
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