Minnesota-Furman Basketball Preview

The Gophers' men's basketball team will play their first game away from the friendly confines of Williams Arena when they face the Furman Paladins in the first round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Gophers defeated Furman at home last season 91-84 in overtime. The Paladins are 1-1, having defeated Campbell 64-52 in the season opener and losing to Auburn 85-74.

Furman, which returns nine lettermen and three starters, posted a 17-12 record a year ago under head coach Larry Davis, who is entering his eighth season at the helm of the Paladin program. Davis was an assistant at Minnesota under Clem Haskins.

The Paladins' top returnee is sophomore forward Quan Prowell (9.9 ppg), the reigning Southern Conference Freshman-of-the-Year. They also have a pair of SoCon All-Freshman Team selections from a year ago, forward Moussa Diagne (9.2 ppg) and guard Robby Bostain (10.2 ppg). The Paladins welcome back starting junior point guard Tony Carter (9.2 ppg, 112 assists) and senior forward Nicholas Sanders (6.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

A fourth Paladin freshman, guard Eric Webb (9.6 ppg), finished fourth among league freshman in scoring a year ago and tallied a season high 28 points in a 94-84 SoCon Tournament quarterfinal-round loss to eventual champion East Tennessee State. Webb is a native of Grand Rapids.

Webb is not the only Minnesotan on the roster. They also have freshman Jadee Jones, who played at Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins as a senior. Jones did not play in the opening two games and is expected to be redshirted.

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