Greenville, S.C. (FurmanSID) — The Furman men’s basketball team clinched a share of its first regular season Southern Conference title in 26 years and earned the No. 2 seed for next weekend’s SoCon Men’s Basketball Championship on Monday when UNCG topped ETSU to forge a three-way tie atop the league standings between the Paladins, Spartans and Bucs.
The Paladins (21-10, 14-4 SoCon), who last earned a share of the league title in 1991 when they finished in a tie with ETSU and Chattanooga, will open play in the SoCon Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal round at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, against the winner of Friday night’s first round match-up between No. 7 seed Samford and No. 10 seed VMI.
Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The audio broadcast will be available locally in Greenville on FoxSports 1440AM and worldwide by using the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, audio stream and live statistics can be found at FurmanPaladins.com. The winner will advance to face the winner of Saturday’s No. 3 seed ETSU versus No. 6 seed Mercer game in an 7:30 p.m. semifinal showdown on Sunday. Monday’s SoCon Championship Game is slated for 7 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN2.
Furman closed out the regular season and put itself in position to claim a share of the regular season championship by downing Wofford, 78-69, on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena. Senior Kris Acox celebrated Senior Day by pouring in a career-high 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting and reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career. Junior Geoff Beans drained 6-of-8 three-point tries to add 18 points for the Paladins, who won for the 17th time in their last 18 SoCon home contests. The victory over the Terriers marked Furman’s 14th SoCon victory, which tied a school record for most league wins.
The Paladins’ SoCon regular season championship marks their fifth in school history. Furman will travel to Asheville in search of its seventh SoCon Tournament crown and first since 1980.