The Furman Paladins played its first basketball game in 1908 without a coach. W.L. Laval was the first Paladins’ coach and led the team to a 65-65 record over eight seasons from 1919-1927. During his 1970-1978 tenure, Joe Williams coached the Furman team to five Southern Conference Tournament wins and five of the team’s six NCAA Tournament appearances. Coach Niko Medved, who went on to coach the Colorado State Rams, led the Paladins to their latest Southern Conference regular season title, in 2017. Bob Richey has been the Paladins' head coach since 2017 and steered the team to a school-first 25-win season, a surprise victory over ranked Villanova University and the team's first trip to the National Invitation Tournament in more than 25 years. On December 10, 2018, the Paladins entered the Top 25 in the AP Poll for the first time in program history, coming in at No. 23. Two Furman players have been named All-Americans. Darrell Floyd received the honor in 1955 and 1956. Frank Selvy was named to the All-American team in 1953 and 1954. Sixteen Furman Paladins have been drafted into the NBA. Grab your Furman Paladins' basketball tickets at StubHub.
Who are some star players on the Furman Paladins' basketball team?
Jordan Lyons, who made the 2018-19 All-Southern Team, returns from last year after hitting a new school record for three-point shots made in a single season. Clay Mounce and Noah Gurley, a member of the 2018-19 Southern All-Freshman team, are also high scorers for the Paladins.
What traditions are part of Furman Paladins' basketball?
All Furman sports fans know the famous Furman cheer: "FU one time! FU two times! FU three times! FU all the time!" The Furman basketball squad was the first team at the school to carry the Paladin name. In 1961, all other Furman teams adopted the moniker. A Paladin is a symbol of chivalry and heroism, and the Furman Paladin is represented by a knight on horseback.
Where does the Furman Paladins basketball team play home games?
The Furman Paladins play all home games in Timmons Arena, which opened in 1998. The 100,000-square-foot arena seats 3,500 basketball fans and is dedicated to the Timmons family that has had various members attend Furman over the years. Furman women’s basketball as well the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams also play home games at Timmons.
Who are some famous Furman Paladins basketball players?
Furman forward Frank Selvy is considered one of the best Southern Conference basketball players of all time. Selvy once scored 100 points in a single game and was the first college basketball player ever to score more than 1,000 points in a season and average more than 40 points a game. He joined the NBA in 1954 as the No. 1 draft pick. Selvy played pro ball for 10 years with the Baltimore Bullets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Darrell Floyd is also well-known as the Furman player named Southern Player of the Year two seasons in a row.
Who are the Furman Paladins’ traditional rivals?
The rivalry between the Wofford Terriers and Furman has been called a war over the past few years. The two teams have evenly split every season since 2017, each always winning on its home court. Furman won the last matchup with in-state rival The Citadel, beating the Bulldogs 71-61.
What was the Furman Paladins' basketball record last year?
In the 2018-19 season, the Furman Paladins posted a 13-5 conference record and a 25-8 overall record. The team finished the year tied for third place in the Southern Conference. Furman was awarded a three seed in their bracket in the National Invitation Tournament. The Paladins lost to the Wichita State Shockers, 76-70.Back to Top