CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – McKenzie Arena is the site of a key moment in the Southern Conference men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon at 3.
Furman puts its 3-game winning streak on the line and looks to increase its lead in the Southern Conference standings against Chattanooga (13-4, 3-1 CoCon).
The Paladins (12-6, 4-1 SoCon) won their 3rd straight game on Wednesday evening with a 78-69 victory over East Tennessee State at Timmons Arena.
After not scoring a point or attempting a field goal in the first half, Conley Garrison scored a game-high 23 points over the final 20 minutes on 8-10 shooting, including 4-6 behind the 3-point line, with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. Mike Bothwell contributed 15 points and 6 assists while Marcus Foster added 14 points. Jalen Slawson tallied 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Furman concluded the game shooting 45.2 percent from the field and held a 35-33 advantage in rebounds. The Paladins forced East Tennessee State into 14 turnovers that led to 20 points. Furman also led 12-8 in second chance points.
Alex Hunter leads the Paladins on offense this season averaging a team high 15.6 points per game while Bothwell contributes 15.4. Slawson also adds 15.2 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game.
Chattanooga is currently 2nd in the conference. The Mocs are coming off a 70-59 loss at Western Carolina on Wednesday. Malachi Smith leads the team in scoring with 21.5 points per game while David Jean-Baptiste adds 14.6 and Silvio De Sousa 12.3. Chattanooga is under the direction of 5th-year head coach Lamont Paris.
Furman is facing the Mocs for the 92nd time in program history with Chattanooga leading the all-time series 54-37.
Fans can follow the action on www.furmanpaladins.com via live stats. The game is being televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Updates will be posted on the Furman men’s basketball Twitter page (@FurmanHoops).
Fans can listen to the “Voice of the Paladins” Dan Scott on 97.7 FM/1330 AM in Greenville, 97.1 FM/950 AM in Spartanburg, and through Audacy.com.
The Paladins return to Timmons Arena on Wednesday, January 19 to host Western Carolina at 7 p.m.