Game 5: Furman (4-0) at Cincinnati (1-1)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Fifth Third Arena | Cincinnati, Ohio
Radio: ESPN Upstate (97.7 FM/1330 AM Greenville, 97.1 FM/950 AM Spartanburg, Radio.com)
Live Stats: FurmanPaladins.com
Furman, ranked No. 2 in the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 behind Gonzaga, enters Wednesday’s game at 4-0 after an 81-57 victory at the College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon.
The Paladins have started 4-0 in each of the last three seasons, including a school-record 12-0 start during the 2018-19 campaign.
Junior Mike Bothwell connected on 10-of-14 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range to score a season-high 26 points.
Bothwell, who leads Furman averaging 21.8 points per game, has reached double figures in the first half of every game this season.
Junior Jalen Slawson posted his second straight double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots versus the Cougars.
Furman’s 16 three-point baskets versus CofC were just one off the school record versus NCAA Division I competition of 17, which has been done five times.
The Paladins 24-point margin of victory on Saturday was its largest versus the Cougars since a 114-67 win in Charleston, S.C., during the 1952-53 season.
Fifth-year senior Clay Mounce enters Wednesday needing just 25 points to become the 46th Paladin to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Mounce leads all active Southern Conference players in career field goal percentage (51.9%), rebounds (486), and blocked shots (69), while ranking second in steals (103) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (37.8%).
Furman vs. Cincinnati Series
Wednesday marks the second meeting between the Bearcats and Paladins.
Cincinnati claimed a 93-77 victory in the only previous meeting on December 31, 1953, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Bearcats’ victory came against a Furman team led by All-American Frank Selvy, who led the nation in scoring.
Selvy, the No. 1 pick in the 1954 NBA Draft, led the nation in scoring in 1953 & 1954 before the Paladins Darrell Floyd paced the country in 1955 & 1956.
Cincinnati legend Oscar Robertson led the NCAA in scoring for three straight seasons (1958-60) giving the Paladins and Bearcats the nation’s leading scorer seven times in a stretch of eight seasons.
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”!
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.
Timmons Arena | Greenville, S.C.
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