BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Valentine’s Day was not kind to the Wofford men’s basketball team as they were defeated 40-33 on Thursday night at the Pete Hanna Center. The Terriers held the Bulldogs to 32.6% from the floor, but Wofford could only shoot 27.1% on the night.
Wofford moves to 10-17 on the season and 4-10 in the Southern Conference. Samford is 9-17 overall and 7-6 in the SoCon. The Terriers were led by Lee Skinner with ten points and seven rebounds. Karl Cochran and Spencer Collins were a combined 5-29 from the floor for 13 points. The Bulldogs were led by Clide Geffrard with 17 points, which included three from behind the arc.
“We had great shot after great shot but could not get it in the basket,” said head coach Mike Young. “I can’t explain it. We had great shots, so this is on me. We need to get home and figure it out to play a better basketball game on Saturday against Chattanooga.”
The Bulldogs scored first, but the Terriers were able to take a 4-2 lead after a dunk by Karl Cochran off a turnover. A three pointer by Indiana Faithfull with 15:23 on the clock gave Wofford a 7-2 advantage. Back-to-back buckets by Lee Skinner pushed the score to 11-2 before the Bulldogs score four straight points to cut the lead to 11-6 after seven minutes of play.
After a scoreless stretch of almost four minutes, the Bulldogs made the run 8-0 before a reverse lay-up by C.J. Neumann gave Wofford a 13-10 lead at the 8:01 mark of the first half. Lee Skinner added a bucket for a 16-10 score with four minutes left on the clock. Samford went on a 7-0 run to close out the half, including a three pointer, to take a 17-16 lead at the break.
To begin the second half, Samford hit a pair of free throws to take a 19-16 lead with 17:42 on the clock. The Bulldogs pushed the run to 13-0 and had a 23-16 advantage after four minutes of play. Wofford ended the run with a bucket and free throw by Karl Cochran, the first points in nine minutes of play for the Terriers, to make it a 23-19 score. Lee Skinner cut the lead to 23-21, but the Bulldogs answered with a three to go up by five. A lay-up and free throw by Spencer Collins made it a 26-24 game at the 10:57 mark of the second half.
Samford used a quick 7-0 run to push the lead back to 33-24 with nine minutes left in the half. C.J. Neumann had a lay-up to end the run, but the Bulldogs led 36-26 with 5:46 remaining on the clock. Spencer Collins hit a jumper and a dunk by Karl Cochran cut the lead to 36-30 at the five minute mark. After neither team scored for four minutes, the Bulldogs took a 38-30 advantage with 57 seconds left. Two free throws by Samford made it a ten point game before a three pointer by Indiana Faithfull cut the score to 40-33 with 13 seconds on the clock which would prove to be the final score.
Wofford shot 27.1% from the floor while Samford shot 32.6% overall. The Terriers were 2-of-15 from with three, while the Bulldogs were 3-of-13 from behind the arc. Samford was 9-of-15 from the line while Wofford was 5-of-6 on free throws. The Bulldogs had a 35 to 33 lead on the glass. Wofford had 17 turnovers on the night, while Samford had 16. John Swinton missed the game due to injury. The 33 points scored matched a low scored at Wisconsin in 2011.
Wofford will return home on Saturday night when they host Chattanooga at 7:00 p.m.