Furman Men’s Basketball Takes on Alabama tonight! News, Notes & How to Watch

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  • December 15, 2020
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  • Furman improved to 5-1 with an 86-61 victory over NCAA Division II Flagler on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
  • Head coach Bob Richey (78-27, 4th Yr), now in his fourth year, ranks 10th among active NCAA Division I coaches with a .743 winning percentage.
  • The victory over Flagler marked the 16th straight win at Timmons Arena for the Paladins, who improved to 67-11 at home since the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Fifth-year senior Clay Mounce netted 21 points on Saturday versus Flagler to become the 46th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
  • Mounce (1,019 pts., 498 rebs., 156 ast.) enters Tuesday’s matchup versus the Crimson Tide just two rebounds shy of becoming the 10th player in Furman history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 assists in a career.
  • Junior Jaylon Pugh drained 5-of-6 three-point attempts to score a career-best 15 points in Saturday’s win over Flagler.
  • The Paladins boast one of the most experienced starting lineups in the country with two seniors and three juniors. The lineup of senior Alex Hunter, junior Mike Bothwell, fifth-year senior Clay Mounce, redshirt-junior Noah Gurley and junior Jalen Slawson have combined to appear in 406 games and record 249 starts in the purple and white.
  • Mike Bothwell, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, leads the Paladins averaging 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game thru six contests.
  • Statistically speaking, Furman leads the Southern Conference in the 3-point FG% defense (24%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (+4.83). The Paladins have shot just 33.1% from three-point range thru six games, but Furman has shot a blistering 63.7% inside the arc this season.

Furman vs. Alabama Series

  • Tuesday’s game marks the third all-time meeting between the Paladins and Crimson Tide on the hardwood.
  • Alabama claimed a 96-69 victory in the first meeting on December 1, 1986, in Tuscaloosa before downing the Paladins, 81-73, at Coleman Coliseum on November 19, 2019, despite 33 points from Furman guard Jordan Lyons.
  • The Paladins are 67-135 all-time versus current SEC members with their last victory, a 91-75 decision versus South Carolina, coming at Timmons Arena on December 22, 2010.
  • Furman went 0-2 versus the SEC last season with an 81-73 loss at Alabama and an 81-78 overtime loss at nationally-ranked Auburn.

Furman’s “Weekends at the Well” Series Returns In 2021

Furman basketball returns to downtown Greenville once again during the 2020-21 season with four “Weekends at the Well”! The Paladins host SoCon rival ETSU at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on January 16 before entertaining the Chattanooga Mocs at the Well on January 30. On February 6, Wofford and Furman will stage a rematch of last season’s thrilling showdown at the Well. The final trip to BSW in 2021 takes place on February 13 versus Western Carolina. Get your tickets now for all four “Weekends at the Well”!

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