GREENVILLE, S.C. -
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Wofford College) – On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford men’s basketball team earned a 76-52 win over Furman at Timmons Arena. The Terriers led by eight at the half, but outscored the Paladins by 16 points in the second half to take the road victory.
Wofford is 10-10 on the season and 5-3 in the Southern Conference. Furman is 7-13 overall and 1-6 in league play. The Terriers were led by Karl Cochran with 22 points, marking his third straight game with 20 or more points. Spencer Collins added 20 points, while C.J. Neumann led the team with eight rebounds. The Paladins were led by Stephen Croone with 15 points.
“We have really been getting things done on the defensive end of the floor,” said head coach Mike Young. “We hung in there and continued to guard and got some shots down. I did not think we would get out of here with that kind of margin, but that is the way it worked out. All that matters is we picked up another league win and that is now three on the road. That bodes well for our team. Karl Cochran has been off-the-charts good lately. He is getting the toughest defensive assignment night in and night out. Tonight he was against Stephen Croone and he did a heck of a job. Karl is taking great shots and putting great games together back-to-back-to-back.”
Wofford opened the scoring with a lay-up by Aerris Smith. After the teams traded three pointers, Furman took a 6-5 lead with 16:38 on the clock. Spencer Collins had a bucket and free throw to give the Terriers an 8-6 lead four minutes into the game. A lay-up by C.J. Neumann made it a 10-8 score, but at 13:14 the game was tied at twelve. After ties at 14 and 16, Furman took a lead with a 5-0 run. Two free throws by Justin Gordon made it a 21-20 score with 8:29 on the clock. On the next possession, Furman hit their fourth three pointer of the half for a 24-20 advantage.
The Terriers scored four straight points, including a lay-up by Aerris Smith, to tie the game at 24 with 6:45 left in the first half. A jumper by Spencer Collins gave the Terriers a 26-24 lead. Back-to-back buckets by Karl Cochran pushed to lead to 30-25 with 3:45 on the clock. A three by Karl Cochran and a lay-up that was good after goaltending by Cochran made it a 35-25 game. A pair of free throws by Spencer Collins gave Wofford a 37-26 lead with 39 seconds left in the half. A three with ten seconds on the clock by the Paladins made it a 37-29 score at the half.
To start the second half, Spencer Collins hit a jumper for a 39-29 lead, but the Paladins answered with a 7-0 run to cut the score to 39-36 with 17:34 on the clock. Back-to back three pointers by Eric Garcia gave the Terriers a 45-37 lead after four minutes of play. A lay-up by John Swinton and a dunk off a steal by Karl Cochran made it a 50-39 game with 13:10 left in the second half. With Wofford holding a ten point lead, the Terriers scored the next six points for a 58-42 advantage at the midpoint of the half.
Eric Garcia and Karl Cochran each added three pointers to give Wofford a 65-47 lead with 7:45 remaining in the second half. Karl Cochran made it a 69-48 game before the Paladins cut it to 69-52 with 5:31 left in the game. The Paladins would not score another point in the game, but Wofford added buckets by Justin Gordon and Spencer Collins, along with a three pointer by Zac Grossenbacher for the 76-52 final margin.
Wofford shot 47.5% from the floor. Furman was held to 40.9% overall. The Terriers were 7-of-15 from with three, while the Paladins were 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Furman was only 10-of-25 from the line while Wofford was 11-of-16 on free throws. The Terriers had a 35 to 30 lead on the glass. Furman had 16 turnovers, while Wofford had ten assists and only nine turnovers. The Wofford staff took part in the National Association of Basketball Coaches annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend by wearing sneakers for the game.
After playing four games in eight days, the Terriers will now have a week off before hosting Samford on February 1 at Benjamin Johnson Arena.