SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford men’s basketball team returned home from a three game road trip and defeated Furman 63-50 on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Terriers used a 20-5 run in the middle of the second half to break open a two-point game.
Wofford moves to 8-12 on the season and 2-5 in the Southern Conference. Furman is 5-13 overall and 2-5 in the SoCon. The Terriers were led by freshman Spencer Collins with 21 points. Karl Cochran added 15 points, while Lee Skinner scored ten points and was the leading rebounder with nine. Furman was led by Stephen Croone with 15 points.
“That was a patented Wofford team wins where we got solid play from a lot of guys,” said head coach Mike Young. “Jarell Byrd and James Long came in and helped our team, and Justin Gordon had a terrific hustle play to save a possession. Aerris Smith might have played his best game in a Wofford uniform. It was a good win for our team. Furman has been playing very well lately. We now prepare to play Charleston here in less than 48 hours.”
The Paladins scored the first four points of the game, but Wofford answered with lay-ups by Aerris Smith and Spencer Collins to tie the game at four with 14:58 on the clock. Karl Cochran had a dunk off a missed shot to give the Terriers an 8-7 lead. Back-to-back shots by Lee Skinner, including one at the end of the shot clock, gave Wofford a 13-9 advantage with 11:14 remaining in the first half.
Wofford pushed the lead to 15-9 after two free throws by C.J. Neumann, but the Paladins ended the 7-0 run for the Terriers with a pair of free throws. After Furman made it a 17-13 game, Spencer Collins hit a three and had a fast break dunk off a turnover for a 22-13 lead with 7:12 on the clock. Furman answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 22-20 before a lay-up by Spencer Collins for a 24-20 score. The Paladins tied the game at 24 with 3:03 remaining in the half. Jarell Byrd hit a three at the 1:35 mark to give Wofford a 27-24 advantage. Spencer Collins scored with a minute remaining and the Terriers had a 29-24 lead at the break.
The Terriers opened the second half with two free throws by Karl Cochran and with 15:37 on the clock Wofford held a 35-30 lead. After the Paladins cut the score to 35-33 after a three pointer, the Terriers scored the next four points for a 39-33 advantage at the 12:24 mark. A long jump shot by Spencer Collins at the shot clock buzzer, plus a couple free throws gave Wofford a 43-35 lead with 9:52 remaining.
Lee Skinner added two free throws and a huge dunk by Jarell Byrd pushed the Wofford lead to 47-36 with nine minutes on the clock. Lee Skinner added a jumper and two free throws by Karl Cochran made it a 51-38 score with 5:46 remaining in the game. Karl Cochran hit a jumper to push the lead to 57-39, then a bucket and free throw by Indiana Faithfull made it a 60-42 game with 2:32 left on the clock. Furman hit a three pointer with less than a minute remaining, but the Terriers came away with the 63-50 win to split the season series.
Wofford shot 41.8% from the floor while Furman shot 42.5% overall. The Terriers were 2-of-10 from with three, while the Paladins were 4-of-13 from behind the arc. Furman was 12-of-16 from the line while Wofford was 15-of-20 on free throws. Wofford had a 32 to 25 lead on the glass and had only ten turnovers in the contest. John Swinton and Kevin Hickson missed the game due to injury.
Wofford will remain at home and host the College of Charleston on Saturday, January 26. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be aired on ESPN3 and myTV Charleston.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team got back to its winning ways at home Thursday evening, holding off a late North Florida rally to pick up a 63-57 victory in the Hodge Center in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
The Spartans (10-10, 4-3 A-Sun) have now won 18 of their last 21 games inside the Hodge Center and move to 11-7 in the all-time series with North Florida, while the Ospreys (8-13, 3-5 A-Sun) drop their second straight contest and four of their last five.
"We need to get better playing with a lead, but all in all we needed the win and needed to get it going," said Upstate Head Coach Eddie Payne. "It was great to see the interior players step up a little bit and we are certainly glad to get a win over a good North Florida team."
The first half featured five ties and nine lead changes as the Spartans and Ospreys traded blows over the first 10 minutes. After Beau Beech knotted the score at 26-26 with 7:31 left in the opening period, Upstate clamped down on defense and went on a game-high 9-0 run, capped by a dunk from Jodd Maxey to give the Spartans a 35-26 advantage.
The Ospreys went on a run of their own to close the half however, as seven straight points from UNF, including a jumper at the buzzer from Will Wilson, cut the Upstate lead to just two at 35-33 heading to intermission.
The Spartans opened the second half and slowly pulled away over the first nine minutes and eventually took a game-high 10-point lead with 11:21 remaining on a three-pointer from Torrey Craig to make it 49-39. The Double-digit lead proved to be the largest of the night for Upstate, as UNF made just enough shots to hang around and make it interesting.
The Ospreys would claw back over the final five minutes of regulation and cut the Spartan lead to just four at 58-54 with 2:19 remaining, but Upstate had an answer on the following possession as Ricardo Glenn muscled home a layup with 1:44 left to push the lead right back out to six points.
While the Spartans struggled from the charity stripe with 12 missed attempts, Adrian Rodgers sealed the game on a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left, giving Upstate a 63-57 victory.
Glenn paced the Spartans with 14 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for his team-high fourth double-double of the year, while Craig was the only other Upstate players in double figures with a dozen points and five rebounds.
Maxey continued to knock on the door of his first double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds and adding nine points and a career-high five blocks. The junior is averaging 10.6 rebounds per game over his last three contests.
Ty Greene struggled from the field, but he drilled two of his five three-point attempts and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of action.
Upstate held Parker Smith, the A-Sun's third leading scorer, to 10 points on 2-for-7 shooting from long range, while he connected on just four of 12 attempts from the field.
The Spartans will continue a stretch of five consecutive home games and three contests in five days on Saturday when Upstate plays host to Jacksonville. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. inside the Hodge Center and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN3.