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Wofford Wins, Furman, USC Upstate, Presbyterian Lose

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With a strong defensive performance, the Wofford men’s basketball team earned a 59-50 win over UNCG on Saturday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Terriers held the Spartan’s top scoring offense in the Southern Conference to their lowest point total of the season and only 32.1% shooting for the victory.

Wofford moves to 10-15 on the season and 4-8 in the Southern Conference. UNCG is 7-16 overall and 5-7 in the SoCon. The Terriers were led by Spencer Collins with 20 points and Karl Cochran had his first double-double of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Spartans were led by Trevis Simpson with 16 points and eight rebounds. 

“We needed a great team defensive performance and we needed to guard,” said head coach Mike Young. “Karl Cochran was dandy on the best scorer in the league in Trevis Simpson. I told our team if we could keep him to 12-16 points, we could win the game. That was a bit of wishful thinking, but proved correct. We rebounded well and we will take it. It was not a pretty game to watch, but where we are right now everything is a grind. We defend and rebound night in and night out and that gives us a shot.”

The Spartans opened the game with a three pointer and they had a 5-2 lead after five minutes of action. After Wofford cut the score to 9-6 after a basket by Spencer Collins, the Spartans hit a three pointer for a 12-6 lead at the 10:17 mark. Spencer Collins added a three and Karl Cochran hit a long two as the Spartans led 13-11 with 8:18 left in the first half.

Wofford pushed the run to 8-1 and took a 14-13 lead on a lay-up by Aerris Smith. The Spartans answered with a three, but the Terriers tied the game at 16 on a shot by Karl Cochran with 5:14 remaining in the half. C.J. Neumann made a lay-up and free throw at the 3:42 mark for a 19-16 lead for the Terriers. After taking a 21-18 lead on a shot by Jarell Byrd, Trevis Simpson hit a three to tie the contest at 21. The Spartans scored the final bucket of the half for a 23-21 lead at the break.

Spencer Collins tied the game at 23 to open the second half and Wofford took a 26-25 lead on a three pointer by Karl Cochran. After trading baskets, the Spartans regained the lead at 29-28 with 16:58 on the clock. Wofford used a basket and free throw by Indiana Faithfull for a 31-29 lead at the 14:17 mark. A three pointer by Karl Cochran pushed the Terrier advantage to 36-31 two minutes later.

UNCG scored the next four points to cut the lead to 36-35 before a jumper by Spencer Collins gave Wofford a 38-35 lead with 9:10 remaining in the second half. After the Spartans tied the game at 38, the Terriers regained the lead after a lay-up and free throw by Spencer Collins for a 45-40 lead with 5:48 on the clock. After taking a 49-40 lead, the Spartans chipped away and the advantage was 51-46 with 2:54 left. Spencer Collins hit two free throws with 53 seconds on the clock for a 53-46 lead, but a bucket by UNCG cut the lead to 53-48 nine seconds later. The score was 55-50 when Wofford was able to hit four-of-six free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds for the 59-50 win.

Wofford shot 38.2% from the floor while UNCG shot 32.1% overall. The Terriers were 3-of-12 from with three, while the Spartans were 4-of-20 from behind the arc. UNCG was 10-of-17 from the line while Wofford was 14-of-19 on free throws. The Terriers had a 40 to 38 lead on the glass. John Swinton missed the game due to injury. Lee Skinner fouled out for Wofford with 31 seconds left in the game.

Wofford will play the next two games on the road, visiting Western Carolina on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. and Samford on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Terriers return home on Saturday night when they host Chattanooga.

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Greenville, S.C. – Elon overcame a 12-point first half deficit and held off Furman with five free throws in the final 26 seconds to claim a 64-60 victory over the Paladins in Southern Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

Furman (6-16, 3-8 SoCon) led 57-53 with under four minutes to play when Ryley Beaumont scored in the paint to cut the lead in half.  After Furman missed three-pointers on back-to-back possessions, Sebastian Koch hit a baseline jumper before the shot clocked expired to even the game at 57-57 with 1:52 remaining.

Senior Colin Reddick converted on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to put Furman back in the lead at the 1:28 mark, but Tanner Samson answered with a basket 20 seconds later to give the Phoenix (16-8, 9-3 SoCon) a 59-58 advantage.  After the Paladins came up empty on a pair of chances on the other end, Koch hit two free throws with 26 second left to up the lead to 61-58.  Stephen Croone scored on a driving layup, but Jack Isenbarger made two free throws and Koch drained 1-of-2 at the charity stripe following a Croone turnover to seal the game.

Furman shot 51.7% in the first half to build a 33-21 lead before Elon capped the period on an 8-0 run.  The Phoneix stretched the spurt to a 15-2 run and took a lead on Beaumont’s free throws with over 16 minutes left.  The lead chancged hands four times the rest of the way before Elon took control in the final seconds.

Koch hit 6-of-6 field goal attempts to lead Elon with 19 points while Beaumont and Samson added 15 and 13, respectively.  The Phoenix shot 46.9% from the floor and committed just seven turnovers on the night.

Colin Reddick paced Furman with his second double-double of the season.  The Powder Springs, Ga., native scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.  Charlie Reddick scored 11 points and Croone added 10.

Furman shot 46% and out-rebounded Elon 32-26.

The Paladins travel to Appalachian State on Monday at 8 p.m.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team ran full force into the hottest team in the Atlantic Sun Conference Saturday evening, as Florida Gulf Coast University used a huge second half to win its sixth straight game and take down the Spartans 74-49 inside Alico Arena on ESPN3.

The Spartans (13-13, 7-6 A-Sun) drop their third straight game and fall to 3-3 in conference road games, while the Eagles (18-8, 10-3 A-Sun) improve to 13-1 at home this season and win their eighth game in 12 tries in the all-time series with Upstate.

Trailing by six at intermission, the Spartans came out and quickly cut that lead in half in the opening minutes of the second period, but that would be all the good news for Upstate, as FGCU rallied behind a raucous crowd of nearly 4,000 and scored 43 points over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory.

The Eagles were clicking on all cylinders and capitalized on every Upstate miscue, turning 21 turnovers into 25 points the other way to hand the Spartans their worst loss of the season.

Sherwood Brown led the charge for FGCU, scoring 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field, while Bernard Thompson and Eddie Murray tallied 10 points apiece.

Ricardo Glenn scored a season-high 17 points for Upstate and finished a rebound shy of a double-double in 31 minutes of action. Ty Greene was the only other Spartan to finish in double figures, adding 11 points and four rebounds.

The Spartans showed signs of breaking out of their slump in the opening period when Torrey Craig pulled away from the pack and quieted the crowd with a thunderous fast break dunk, giving Upstate a 17-13 lead with 8:26 left in the first half.

FGCU would take over from there, scoring 14 unanswered points, capped by a pair of free throws from DaJuan Graf to create the first double-digit lead of the day and give the Eagles a 27-17 advantage.

Just when it looked like FGCU would pull away, the Spartans weathered the storm when Craig connected on a pair of free throws and Greene drilled a three-pointer to cut the lead right back down to five at 27-22.

After trading buckets in the final minute, Bernard Thompson hit a jumper as the first-half buzzer sounded, giving FGCU a six-point lead at 31-25 heading to intermission. The Eagles led by as many 26 points at two different times late in the second half before picking the 25-point victory.

The Spartans will regroup and turn their attention to next Thursday and a matchup with Mercer University inside the Hodge Center. A special 9 p.m. tip-off against the Bears will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN3.

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RADFORD, VA.The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team rallied back from a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the game at 45-45 with just over 12 minutes to go, but could not get ahead as Radford used a 15-5 run over the next six and a half minutes to pull away and take the eventual 76-65 win in action this afternoon at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va.

PC drops to 6-19 overall and 3-8 in the Big South, while Radford improves to 11-14, 5-6.

Washington led the Blue with 19 points, just two shy of his career-high.  Jordan Downing followed with 17 on the afternoon.  Leading on the boards was Joshua Clyburn with nine rebounds.  Javonte Green paced Radford with 27 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Ya Ya Anderson and Rashun Davis with 11 apiece.

PC shot 39.3% from the field compared to 43.1% for Radford, and was four-of-12 from the three-point line.  The Highlanders hit six-of-20 three-pointers and were 20-of-23 from the free-throw line.  The Blue Hose were 17-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Radford held the rebounding advantage, 40-31, including a 10-5 mark in offensive boards.

Anderson hit back to back three-pointers to open the game as Radford built a 10-0 lead before a basket by Downing made it 10-2 at 17:10.  The Highlanders made it a 10-point game again, 14-4, with 15:56 left before Downing connected on his first three of the game as the Blue Hose trailed 14-7 at the 15:24 mark.

The Highlanders scored seven unanswered to open up a 21-7 lead with just under 13 minutes left to play.  Down 26-9, Downing and Ryan McTavish hit back to back baskets to cut the PC deficit to 13, 26-13 at 10:24 

Both teams traded baskets the next seven minutes as Radford held on to a 13 to 15 point lead until the 3:32 mark when a dunk by Clyburn, off the Khalid Mutakabbir assist, cut the margin to just 11, 36-25.  Two free throws by Washington and the Blue Hose trailed by single digits again, 36-27, with 1:53 to go before intermission.

Green hit two baskets down the stretch to put Radford back up by double-digits, 40-29, at the half.

Washington went to the line twice in the opening three minutes, going four-for four, while Downing added a three-pointer, to lead PC on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to two, 40-36, with 16:57 left in the game.

Clyburn hit a lay-up at 12:27 to tie the game at 45-45, before four unanswered by Radford made it 49-45 with 10:16 left.  Washington’s three cut the RU lead to one, but the Highlanders answered with a three by Anderson and four points by Jalen Carethers to extend their lead to eight, 56-48, at the 7:39 mark.

It was part of a 23-8 run that saw Radford take a 15-point, 68-53 lead with 2:09 left in the game.  The Blue Hose and Highlanders traded baskets and free throws the remainder of the game as Radford came away with the 11-point 76-65 win.

The Blue Hose return for a two-game home stand with Coastal Carolina Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Winthrop Saturday, Feb. 16.  Both games are at 7 p.m.

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