Wofford Beats Elon; Furman Falls to UNCG; Stetson Tops Upstate - WSPA.com

Wofford Beats Elon; Furman Falls to UNCG; Stetson Tops Upstate

By Wofford College, Furman University & Usc Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford men’s basketball team used a strong defensive performance in a 60-50 win over Elon on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena.  The Terriers were down by one point at the half, but outscored the Phoenix by eleven in the second half to end Elon’s winning streak at seven games.


Wofford moves to 9-15 on the season and 3-8 in the Southern Conference. Elon is 15-9 overall and 8-3 in the SoCon. The Terriers were led by freshman Spencer Collins with 16 points, while Karl Cochran added 13 points and Lee Skinner had ten. Indiana Faithfull had eight points, eight rebounds and two assists. The Phoenix was led by Ryley Beaumont with 17 points and seven rebounds, while current SoCon Player of the Week Lucas Troutman was held to ten points.


“We had better movement and our passing was better tonight,” said head coach Mike Young. “We had the ball in better places and did a nice job of attacking the rim which is reflected in the number of times we got to the foul line in the second half. We guarded them very well tonight. It was a little bit of a tractor pull in the first half, but it was a pretty good basketball game in the second half. We will take it and keep on going as we get ready for UNCG on Saturday night.”


The Phoenix scored first and they built a 7-2 lead after the first four minutes of play. Wofford scored the next four points to cut the lead to 7-6 with 14:51 on the clock. Spencer Collins gave the Terriers a 10-9 advantage after a jumper by Spencer Collins at the 10:15 mark. Elon had a three bank in off the glass as the shot clock expired for a 12-10 lead, but a drive to the basket by Lee Skinner tied the game at 12 after eight minutes.


Wofford took a 14-12 lead on a shot by Spencer Collins with 6:58 remaining in the first half. The Terriers continued the 8-1 run and had an 18-13 lead at the five minute mark. Back-to-back three pointers by the Phoenix gave them a 19-18 advantage with 3:36 left on the clock. A free throw by James Long, his first career point, tied the game at 19. A bucket by Lee Skinner with 59 seconds remaining gave Wofford a 21-20 lead. Elon scored the final bucket of the half for a 22-21 advantage at the break.


To open the second half, Wofford scored first and a dunk by Karl Cochran made it a 25-22 lead. Elon answered with a three to tie the game at 25 before two free throws by Spencer Collins gave the Terriers a 27-25 lead with 16:57 on the clock. Wofford pushed the lead to 33-27 after a break-away dunk by Spencer Collins at the 15:42 mark. Elon answered with the next four points before C.J. Neumann hit a pair of free throws for a 35-31 lead.


The Terriers used a three pointer by Indiana Faithfull to take a 40-34 lead with 10:40 left in the second half. A break-away lay-up by Karl Cochran and two free throws by C.J. Neumann gave the Terriers a 44-36 lead at the 7:55 mark. Back-to-back buckets by Lee Skinner and Indiana Faithfull pushed the advantage to 52-40 with 3:36 on the clock. After Elon hit a three, the Terriers scored the next six points for a 58-45 lead with 55 seconds left. Another three by Elon cut the score to 59-50 with just 14.7 on the clock, but Wofford added one free throw for the 60-50 final.


Wofford shot 42.9% from the floor while Elon shot 37.3% overall. The Terriers were 1-of-6 from with three, while the Phoenix was 7-of-25 from behind the arc. Elon was 5-of-12 from the line while Wofford was 17-of-23 on free throws. The Terriers had a 35 to 32 lead on the glass. John Swinton missed the game due to injury.


Wofford will remain at home for a contest on Saturday night against UNCG at 7:00 p.m. before road games at Western Carolina and Samford.


Greenville, S.C. – Trevis Simpson, the Southern Conference’s leading scorer, poured in a game-high 29 points to guide UNCG to an 88-65 victory over Furman in men’s basketball action Thursday evening on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.


Simpson connected on 10-of-18 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and UNCG (7-15, 5-6 SoCon) shot 60% from the field on 9-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc to earn a regular season split with the Paladins (6-15, 3-7 SoCon).


The Spartans built a 48-26 halftime lead by converting on 20-of-33 first half shots, including 8-of-12 three-point attempts.  Furman, just 3-for-21 from three-point range on the night, made only 1-of-9 long range attempts in the opening 20 minutes and shot just 35.6% for the game.


Kayel Locke, Nicholas Paulos and Derrell Armstrong joined Simpson in double figures with each tallying 11 points.  UNCG outscored the Paladins 38-20 in the paint and held a 42-29 edge in rebounding.


Freshman Larry Wideman paced Furman with a career-high 18 points while Stephen Croone added 13 points and senior Colin Reddick contributed 12 points and a game-high nine boards.


Furman caps its four-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts SoCon North Division leading Elon at 4 p.m.



DeLAND, Fla. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team struggled from the field Thursday evening and a late double-digit deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Spartans fell 73-66 at Stetson University inside the Edmunds Center in Atlantic Sun Conference action.

The Spartans (13-12, 7-5 A-Sun) drop the season series with Stetson and fall to 3-2 in A-Sun road games, while the Hatters (10-13, 7-5 A-Sun) put an end to a three-game skid and pull even with Upstate and Jacksonville in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings.

On a night where Upstate's two leading scorers connected on just nine of 40 attempts from the field, the Spartans found themselves in a fight down to the final minutes but came up short as Stetson guard Chris Perez drilled five free throws in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory.

"If you look at the entire game we took a bunch of extremely difficult shots," said USC Upstate Head Coach Eddie Payne. "Until we learn how to trust each other on the offensive end and get better possessions we are not going to be successful."

The Hatters led by as many as 11 points in the second half, coming with 5:38 to play on a layup from Adam Pegg, but Torrey Craig gave Upstate a spark on the next two possessions, draining back-to-back three-pointers to quickly cut the lead to just five at 65-60.

Upstate and Stetson traded a pair of field goals over the next four possessions before the Spartans were forced to foul and Perez iced the game at the charity stripe.

The Spartans capitalized on 16 offensive rebounds and turned those boards into 17 second chance points, but Stetson held a 32-30 edge in the paint, including a game-high 19 points from Pegg.

"I thought we played fairly well in a lot of ways, but we did not get quality looks when we needed them, said Payne. "We are disappointed because we did a lot of good things but just didn't get it done."

Upstate forced 21 turnovers, but managed to score just 14 points off the Stetson miscues. The Spartans shot 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from long range, while the Hatters hit on 50 percent of their shots from the floor and behind the arc.

Fred Miller gave Upstate a much-needed lift off the bench, scoring 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field in 20 minutes of action. Craig led the team with 16 points, while Ricardo Glenn added 10 and Jodd Maxey finished a bucket shy of a double-double with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

"Fred Miller had a really nice game for us tonight, said Payne. "I was pleased to see what he did on the offensive and defensive side of the ball."

The Spartans will look to get back on track Saturday evening, traveling to Fort Myers, Fla., to battle Florida Gulf Coast in front of a national audience on ESPN3. The Eagles currently top the A-Sun standings at 9-3. Tip-off is slated for 5:15 p.m. at Alico Arena.

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