Citadel Basketball Looks to Maintain Momentum Against Furman
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team looks to build on Thursday evening's six-point victory over Wofford on Saturday when the team heads to Timmons Arena for a 4 p.m. meeting with rival Furman.
The Citadel (5-15, 2-8 SoCon) has not captured victories over foes Wofford and Furman in the same season since 2005-06. In that season, The Citadel triumphed over the Terriers 84-80 in overtime before completing a 65-53 win against Furman in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Furman (6-13, 3-5) has ascended to third place in the South Division following recent victories over Wofford, UNCG and Georgia Southern. The Paladins enter Saturday's game on the heels of an 81-74 victory at home over the Eagles.
The 198th meeting marks the longest standing rivalry in Citadel program history. Furman holds a 114-83 edge in the series and has won the last five dating back to Feb. 25, 2010.
The last outing between the two teams took place on Jan. 28, 2012 when The Citadel's Mike Groselle scored a game-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Furman responded with a series of late game heroics that resulted in a 67-58 victory at McAlister Field House.
Groselle closed the game by hitting 10-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He was the catalyst for a Bulldog offensive unit that finished 20-of-46 (43.5%) from the field.
The Paladins were energized by the scoring trio of Colin Reddick (12 points), Bobby Austin (11) and Brandon Sebirumbi (10).
Furman edged out the victory behind a 26-of-56 (46.4%) shooting performance that included four 3-pointers. The tandem of Reddick and Sebirumbi were responsible for a team-high five field goals each.
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