Buffaloes take on Furman, 74-66 in first meeting
Cleveland State basketball will look to continue its impressive run of form on Saturday when the Buffaloe Bulldogs take on the Furman Panthers at the Ford Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Buffaloes (10-4, 8-4 Big East) are just one win away from making their first postseason appearance since 2010 and will look for their fourth win of the season, a 109-106 overtime victory over George Mason on Sunday.
Freshman point guard Jordan Adams scored 14 points and Jodie Thompson added 12 for the Cats, who shot 59.4% from the floor and outrebounded the Hornets 63-53.
Furman (11-3, 9-2) is coming off a loss to No. 8 Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament and has lost seven straight games.
The Panthers, who entered the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, are trying to end a four-game losing streak.
“It’s going to be tough to defend them,” Furman coach Michael Cone said.
“I think they’ve been playing well.
It’s going be tough for us.
They have a lot of good players.
We’ve just got to make sure we play with energy and effort.”
Furmantons forward, Loyce Williams, had 18 points, four assists and four rebounds.
Williams was 6 of 9 from the field.
Furman’s other big man, forward Deandre Walker, had nine points.
FSU won by a combined 14 points in the second half.FURMAN, which is 0-7 against Furman in the past nine games, lost to Gonzaga by 16 in the semifinals on Feb. 11, 2010.
That was the last time the Panthers reached the NCAA tournament.
Fresno State, which has won four of its last five games, will look a different team in front of a packed house at the arena.
The Eagles, who have won five straight over Furman and were undefeated in the Big East regular season, were held to just 10 points in their previous matchup on March 6.FREMONT, Calif.
– The San Jose Sharks announced Tuesday that the team has named its second-round opponent for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, with the Buffalo Bulls joining the list.
The Sharks, who were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA playoffs last season, will host the Bulls in the two-game first round in Denver on March 10.
The Bears are coming off an 82-78 loss to rival Minnesota in the third round of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
The Bulls were eliminated from the NCAA postseason after losing their third game in a row in the conference tournament.