This is the first of the last two non-conference opponents before the Dolphins (4-7) host Northern Kentucky in the A-Sun opener. After Christmas, the Dolphins will travel to No. 6 Indiana (Dec. 28).
“Saturday is another chance to get better,” JU head coach Cliff Warren said. “Furman is also looking to head into the Christmas break with some momentum. We will need a total team effort against them to be successful.”
On Tuesday, Wofford hit 13 three-pointers en route to a 94-52 win against JU at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It was the worst overall home loss for the Dolphins since getting downed by Troy, 113-73, to end the 2003-04 regular season.
Junior Javon Dawson led the Dolphins with 11 points. Freshman Jarvis Haywood was limited to seven points to snap his double-digit scoring streak at five games. Junior Dylan Fritsch also had seven points, while senior Glenn Powell finished with eight boards.
Like JU, the Paladins (3-7) are also looking to regroup following a loss at Wake Forest, 79-55, Tuesday night. Stephen Croone and Colin Reddick each scored 12 points to pace the Furman offense.
Reddick leads the Paladins in scoring (11.2), rebounds (6.7) and blocks (12). His twin brother, Charlie, is second in scoring (8.8) and rebounds (5.4), but is first in steals with 10.
In the all-time series, JU and Furman are tied at seven apiece. Furman has won seven of the last eight contests, including an 85-79 victory at home last season. JU’s last win in the series was an 81-75 overtime victory on the road on Feb. 14, 1976. The last home win was Jan. 16, 1974, 77-68.
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