GAME NOTES: The Furman Paladins hope to snap a three-game losing streak on Monday as they visit the Holmes Center for a Southern Conference tilt against the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
This matchup marks the 82nd meeting between Furman and Appalachian State with the Paladins holding a 44-37 series edge. The Mountaineers have won six of the last eight meetings in the series and six of the last seven in Boone. This is the only regular-season matchup between these schools in 2012-13.
The Paladins came up short and lost 64-60 to Elon on Saturday, sending them to a 6-16 overall record and 3-8 mark in SoCon action. Furman is netting 62.8 ppg, but it is allowing a much higher rate of 70.1 ppg to its opposition. Colin Reddick scored 22 points in the loss to the Elon to raise his team- leading averages to 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Charlie Reddick is second in scoring with just under 10 points per game and is in the team-lead with 31 makes from beyond the arc.
The Paladins were led by Colin Reddick, who added 11 rebounds to register a double-double in their setback to the Phoenix. Charlie Reddick tallied 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Stephen Croone added 10 points. Colin Reddick scored 10 points in the first half for Furman, the team shooting 51.7 percent from the field, en route to a 33-29 advantage at the break. However, in the second half the Phoenix battled back with 52.2 percent accuracy from the floor and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line, grabbing the four-point win in the end.
ASU showed it is a middle of the road team and not yet ready to compete for the SoCon crown on Saturday when it was blown out in an 87-52 setback to Davidson. The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 10-13 overall, including a 6-6 mark in SoCon play. Nathan Healy paced the team against the Wildcats with 13 points and six boards, but both totals lowered his team-leading averages to 15.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Tevin Baskin added 12 points and three boards as Appalachian State had a two- game winning streak snapped. ASU was dominated inside by Davidson in the contest. Davidson controlled the boards, 42-32, and dominated points in the paint, 38-16. The Mountaineers have the second-worst field-goal defense in the SoCon as the opposition converts 46.4 percent from the floor. Despite averaging 71.1 ppg, ASU is being outscored by 2.5 ppg.
The Mountaineers should be able to recover from their loss to Davidson at home against the struggling Paladins. Furman has yet to show the ability to put together a consistent 40 minutes of quality play.
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