SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford College) – Five players scored in double figures for the Wofford men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon in a 90-48 win over Johnson & Wales at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Terriers hit a season-high 14 three pointers on the way to the victory.
Wofford is 2-4 to open the season and Johnson & Wales is 3-7 overall. The Terriers were led by Lee Skinner with 14 points and eight rebounds. Spencer Collins had 13 points, while Eric Garcia, Jaylen Allen, and Karl Cochran each added 12 points. The Wildcats were led by Nick Crawford with 17 points.
“There is something to be said for confidence and that is why you schedule a few of these,” said head coach Mike Young. “Hopefully today gave us some of that confidence. We are not great by any stretch yet. Can we get there? Absolutely. I like this team as much as any that I have had in quite some time. This is a big week for us at Gardner-Webb on Wednesday and William & Mary in here next Saturday. We have an opportunity to take a step forward and continue to build our win total.”
The Terriers score first and had a 5-4 lead after a three pointer by Eric Garcia. Jaylen Allen added a three for an 11-4 advantage after four minutes of play. Spencer Collins hit a three pointer to give the Terriers an 18-8 lead with 12:05 on the clock. The Wildcats cut the score to 20-15 before Karl Cochran had a three and a lay-up by Lee Skinner made it 25-15 with 8:22 left in the first half.
Wofford pushed the run to 12-0 and had a 32-15 lead at the 5:45 mark of the first half. The run ended with a pair of free throws for the Wildcats. Jaylen Allen made a lay-up for a 35-18 advantage with four minutes left on the clock. A jumper by Jaylen Allen gave the Terriers a 40-20 lead with 2:39 remaining. Wofford made it a 47-22 score at the half after a lay-up by Zac Grossenbacher.
In the second half, Wofford scored the first six points for a 53-22 advantage. After the Wildcats scored five straight, the Terriers answered with a three by Eric Garcia and an easy lay-up by Lee Skinner for a 58-27 lead at the 15:22 mark of the second half. A dunk by Justin Gordon and a three by Spencer Collins made it a 63-29 game just a minute later.
After Wofford took a 68-29 lead, the Wildcats hit a three. The Terriers answered with a pair of threes by Karl Cochran and Zac Grossenbacher for a 74-32 score with 11:00 on the clock. With 7:15 left in the game, the Terriers cleared the bench. Zach Korkowski hit two free throws for an 85-38 lead. John Swinton added a three with a minute left to make it 90-46. The Wildcats hit the final shot for the 90-48 final score.
Wofford shot 55.0% from the floor while Johnson & Wales shot 32.7% overall. The Terriers were 14-of-25 from with three, while the Wildcats were 2-of-19 from behind the arc. Johnson & Wales was 10-of-15 from the line while Wofford was also 10-of-15 on free throws. Wofford had a 45 to 23 lead on the glass. Wofford had 16 turnovers on the night along with 23 assists.
The Terriers had five players score in double figures for the first time since January 6, 2011 against The Citadel (Loesing, Diggs, Dahlman, Giltner, Rundles). Eric Garcia (12), Zac Grossenbacher (7), Zach Korkowski (4), and Jaylen Allen (12) set new career highs in scoring.
Wofford will play at Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to face William & Mary on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in a contest that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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