Thursday Trip To VMI, Saturday Contest At UNCG Begin Furman Basketball’s Three-Game Road Swing

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Furman at VMI Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's basketball team begins a key three-game Southern Conference  road trip with visits to VMI on Thursday night and UNCG on Saturday afternoon.

The Paladins, 14-2 overall and 3-1 in the SoCon, will take on the Keydets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va., before traveling to Greensboro, N.C., to face the preseason favorite Spartans on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Thursday's game marks the 97th all-time meeting between Furman and VMI with the Paladins leading the series 62-34. Furman has won six straight versus the Keydets and has claimed victory in each of its last three visits to Cameron Hall. Last season, Furman opened conference play with an 87-57 win in Lexington after racing out to a 41-18 halftime advantage. In the most recent meeting between the schools, the Paladins captured a 76-54 win at Timmons Arena on February 20, 2018, behind 15 points from Andrew Brown.

Furman is coming off of a 101-85 win over The Citadel on Saturday at Timmons Arena. SoCon Player of the Week Matt Rafferty, who averaged 23.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the Paladins two victories last week, powered Furman to its 12th straight home win with a career-high 28 points against the Bulldogs. VMI, 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the league, built an eight-point halftime lead at home before falling by three points to UNCG last time out.

Thursday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and can be heard on the Furman IMG Sports Network with Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy calling the action. Fans can listen on FoxSports 1440AM, via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com or by using the TuneIn Radio app.

Following its visit to VMI, Furman will face UNCG (14-2, 3-0 SoCon) on ESPN3 Saturday. The contest will mark the 34th meeting between the Paladins and Spartans with UNCG holding a 17-16 series lead. The Spartans have won three straight versus Furman, including an 80-67 decision at Timmons Arena in the last meeting on February 7, 2018.

Entering the weekend, Rafferty continues to pace the Paladins with 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooting a league-best 66.1% from the field. By reaching the 1,000-point plateau last week, Rafferty joined Robby Bostain, John Castile, Guilherme Da Luz, Daniel Fowler, Jonathan Moore and Derek Waugh as the only player in school history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals as a Paladin.