SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford College) – The Wofford men’s basketball team used a dominating defense to earn a 77-58 win over Samford on Saturday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Terriers held the Bulldogs without a basket for the first eight and a half minutes of the game on the way to building a commanding 43-22 lead at the half.
Wofford is 11-10 on the season and 6-3 in the Southern Conference. Samford is 9-14 overall and 3-5 in league play. The Terriers have won four straight games and have moved into third place in the SoCon standings. Wofford was led by Spencer Collins with 16 points and Karl Cochran had 14 points. Lee Skinner pulled down a game-high ten rebounds and scored nine points. The Bulldogs were led by Raijon Kelly with 16 points and five rebounds.
“After a week off I was nervous,” said head coach Mike Young. “After the Furman game I just wanted to keep playing. To our guys credit they were up and chomping at the bit to get back on the floor. It was another night where we had really good play from a number of people. Defensively we contested everything and were just nasty. We limited them to one shot and had nine more rebounds than them in the first half. That is what we will have to hang our hat on. I am proud of our team’s effort and the direction of our team. It was a good one to get and now we will take tomorrow off before getting ready for Georgia Southern on Thursday.”
The Bulldogs opened the game by making one of two free throws. Wofford scored the next six points for a 6-1 lead at the 17:12 mark and the Bulldogs called a timeout. The Terrier run went to 8-0 before Samford hit a pair of free throws for an 8-3 score with 14:42 on the clock. Wofford scored the next eight points, including a three pointer by Spencer Collins, for a 16-3 lead. Samford made their first field goal of the game with 11:31 remaining to make it a 16-5 score. Jaylen Allen answered with a three and Spencer Collins had a jumper for a 21-5 lead.
With 8:47 left in the first half, Jaylen Allen hit a jumper and free throw to make it 24-5. A lay-up by Eric Garcia gave the Terriers a 26-5 advantage. After trading buckets, the Bulldogs cut into the lead for a 28-10 score. Karl Cochran buried a three pointer and Lee Skinner had a lay-up for a 33-12 lead with five minute to go in the half. A three pointer by Karl Cochran with 2:16 left made it a 40-20 advantage for the Terriers. Eric Garcia added a three pointer, but the Bulldogs made the final shot of the half for a 43-22 score at the break.
Karl Cochran hit a jumper and Lee Skinner made a three to begin the second half as Wofford took a 48-22 lead. The Terriers were up 52-24 after two minutes of play. A lay-up by C.J. Neumann made it a 54-28 lead five minutes into the second half. Jaylen Allen hit a three pointer to extend the score to 58-28 at 13:12. Wofford pushed the score to 63-30 before the Bulldogs hit a three at the midpoint of the second half.
The Terriers kept a 30-point lead at 65-35 with a lay-up by Justin Gordon. Samford answered with a three pointer, but Wofford had a 69-40 advantage after a jumper by Justin Gordon with six minutes left in the game. Samford hit a three for a 72-45 score, but John Swinton made a lay-up with 2:34 on the clock for a 74-45 lead. The Terriers cleared the bench for the final two minutes. Samford had a 7-0 run to make it a 74-52 game before Zach Korkowski hit a running jumper with less than a minute remaining. The Bulldogs scored six of the game’s last seven points for a 77-58 final margin.
Wofford shot 51.6% from the floor. Samford was held to 42.6% overall. The Terriers were 7-of-18 from with three, while the Bulldogs were 3-of-12 from behind the arc. Samford was 9-of-17 from the line while Wofford was 6-of-15 on free throws. The Terriers had a 42 to 30 lead on the glass. Wofford added 15 assists with nine turnovers.
The Terriers will remain at home for a contest on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against Georgia Southern.