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, 114-82.
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 points, respectively.
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 assists.
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 distance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Furman 73, The Citadel 63
02/02 10:55:04 ET