A late rally by the Wofford men’s basketball team was not enough in a 70-69 loss to Chattanooga on Saturday night at McKenzie Arena. The Terriers were down nine points with 3:25 left in the game and cut it to six with 29 seconds remaining. Wofford scored five straight points to make it a one-point game and had the ball with six seconds left, but were called for a charge on the final possession.
Wofford is 7-9 on the season and 2-2 in the Southern Conference. Chattanooga is 10-8 overall and 4-0 in league play, winning six straight. The Terriers were led by Karl Cochran with 20 points, while Lee Skinner had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. The Mocs had 23 points from Casey Jones and 17 from Z. Mason.
“We hung in there and battled,” said head coach Mike Young. “There was a reason we found ourselves down eleven. I thought they got after us some on the backboard but it was a heck of an effort on our team’s part. They have some good offensive players and I thought we defended them well. We did not shoot the ball very well despite having good cracks at it. We gave ourselves a chance to win with six seconds left which is a lot of time. We got a real good player all the way to the hole and he was called for the charge.”
The Mocs scored the first four points of the game, but Wofford answered with buckets by Karl Cochran and Lee Skinner to tie the game at four after three minutes of play. Spencer Collins gave the Terriers a 6-4 lead with 16:10 on the clock. A three pointer by Karl Cochran made it a 9-6 score before an 8-0 run by the Mocs gave them a 14-9 lead at the 11:25 mark. Spencer Collins ended the run with a bucket and free throw with 10:19 on the clock for a 14-12 score.
A pair of free throws by C.J. Neumann tied the game at 14 with 9:03 left in the first half. The Mocs scored the next four points, but Wofford tied it at 18 following lay-ups by Lee Skinner and C.J. Neumann with 6:30 remaining on the clock. Chattanooga took a six point lead before a jumper by Spencer Collins made it a 24-20 score with 3:45 remaining in the half. Justin Gordon cut the lead to 24-22 and Lee Skinner made it 26-24 with sixty seconds left. The Mocs scored the final bucket of the half for a 28-24 lead at the break.
To open the second half, the Mocs scored the first four points for a 32-24 lead. A bucket by Lee Skinner and a three by Eric Garcia cut the lead to 34-29 at the 17:35 mark. An easy lay-up by Lee Skinner and a jumper by Eric Garcia made it a 36-33 score after four minutes of play. A huge dunk by C.J. Neumann cut the lead to 36-35 and the score was 41-39 after a shot by Justin Gordon with 14:20 on the clock. The Mocs lead was 46-41 at the 13:24 mark before a lay-up by Karl Cochran made it a three-point game.
Chattanooga pushed the lead to 51-44 with 10:18 left in the second half. The Mocs run went to 8-0 for a 55-44 advantage before Karl Cochran had a lay-up with just under nine minutes to play. Chattanooga led 57-46 a minute later. A bucket and a pair of free throws by Eric Garcia made it a 61-54 score with four minutes remaining in the game. A three pointer by Karl Cochran cut the lead to 65-59 with 3:16 on the clock. A pair of free throws with 1:30 remaining by Lee Skinner made it a 65-61 game.
After the Mocs hit a jumper, Wofford answered with a three by Karl Cochran for a 67-64 score with 51 seconds left. Chattanooga added a jumper and free throw for a 70-65 lead at the 29 second mark. Karl Cochran made a free throw and then got a steal. Jaylen Allen added two free throws, then he stole the inbounds pass and score on a lay-up with 7.2 remaining. Allen missed a free throw that could have tied the game, but the Mocs then missed two free throws at the other end. Wofford had one last shot but Karl Cochran was called for an offensive foul driving to the basket with 1.1 left which ended the game.
Wofford shot 43.3% from the floor. Chattanooga shot 45.6% overall. The Terriers were 4-of-18 from with three, while the Mocs were 2-of-8 from behind the arc. Chattanooga was 16-of-26 from the line while Wofford was 13-of-19 on free throws. The Terriers had a 38 to 36 advantage on the glass. The Mocs blocked seven shots. Spencer Collins fouled out with 3:25 left in the game.
In an odd twist of scheduling, Wofford will host Chattanooga on Saturday, January 18 at Benjamin Johnson Arena at 7:00 p.m.