SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford men’s basketball team was defeated 68-57 by Davidson on Saturday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Wildcats built a 15 point lead at the half, but the Terriers battled back in the second half to get within six points with five minutes remaining.
Wofford falls to 8-15 on the season and 2-8 in the Southern Conference. Davidson is 15-7 overall and 10-1 in the SoCon. The Terriers were led by Spencer Collins with a career-high 24 points, while Indiana Faithfull had a career-high nine assists to go with eight points and six rebounds. The Wildcats had four players score in double figures, led by Jake Cohen and Chris Czerapowicz with fifteen points each.
“I thought we guarded them well in the second half,” said head coach Mike Young. “We were physical and what Davidson does is as hard to guard as any scheme that we have seen. Great defense takes great teamwork and a close knit group that buys in – I was proud of that area tonight. We played a better basketball game, but unfortunately we were playing the best team in our league. We are going to come back, keep grinding and put a good basketball team on the floor on Thursday night.”
The Wildcats scored the first four points of the game before Spencer Collins hit a three pointer to make it a 4-3 score two minutes into play. The Wildcats pushed the lead to 17-8 at the 11:54 mark with a 9-2 run. A three by Karl Cochran cut the score to 17-11, but Davidson answered by scoring the next four points for a 21-11 lead.
After a shot by Spencer Collins, the Wildcats scored on their next two possessions to take a 25-13 advantage. Spencer Collins added a three and a jumper to cut the lead to 25-18, but Davidson answered with a bucket and free throw by De’Mon Brooks for a 28-18 lead at the 7:12 mark. After a basket by Spencer Collins cut the advantage to eight points, the Wildcats went on an 8-1 run for a 36-21 lead with two minutes remaining in the half. An Aerris Smith dunk made it a 36-23 score, but Davidson hit two free throws with two seconds on the clock to take a 38-23 lead at the break.
To open the second half, Spencer Collins hit a jump shot for the Terriers. A jumper by Lee Skinner cut the lead to 40-27 less than two minutes into play. A three and a break-away dunk by Karl Cochran made it a 42-32 game at the 16:34 mark. Karl Cochran hit a pair of free throws to cut the score to 44-36 with 14:07 on the clock, but the Wildcats answered with the next four points for a 48-36 lead.
Wofford ended the quick run with a bucket by Spencer Collins and Lee Skinner hit a free throw to make it a 50-39 score with 10:26 remaining. A three by Indiana Faithfull and a lay-up by Karl Cochran cut the lead to 52-44 at the 9:14 mark. Another three by Indiana Faithfull made it a 54-47 score with 7:30 remaining in the half, but the Wildcats score the next four points for an eleven point lead.
The Terriers got it back to a 58-50 score after a shot by Spencer Collins and a free throw by Lee Skinner with 6:12 on the clock. A lay-up and free throw by Spencer Collins with 4:52 left cut the score to 59-53. Davidson scored the next five points, including a three by Jake Cohen, to take a 64-53 lead before a bucket by Karl Cochran with 50.8 left on the clock. The Wildcats hit four free throws in the final minute for the 68-57 final.
Wofford shot 42.9% from the floor while Davidson shot 48.8% overall. The Terriers were 6-of-17 from with three, while the Wildcats were 2-of-9 from behind the arc. Davidson was 24-of-27 from the line while Wofford was 9-of-13 on free throws. The Terriers had a 28 to 24 lead on the glass, but had twelve turnovers. John Swinton missed the game due to injury.
Wofford will remain at home for contests on Thursday night against Elon and Saturday night against UNCG. Both games will begin at 7:00 p.m.