SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – Wofford senior guard Fletcher Magee hit six 3-pointers in an 80-69 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday night, moving him into fourth place all-time in NCAA Division I history with 436 career 3-pointers.
“I don’t want to get too caught up in, but it’s definitely cool,” said Magee on his accomplishment. “To see yourself in any history book is definitely a rewarding feeling. That will be cooler to look back when I’m a bit older, but right now I just want to do what I can to help take this team as far as we can go.”
Magee led all scorers with 24 points, as Cameron Jackson recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and tying his career-high of 13 rebounds (vs. The Citadel 1/6/18). Sophomore forward Keve Aluma continued his strong play, totaling 13 points and five rebounds in the Terrier win.
Wofford is now 17-4 on the season, improving to 9-0 in Southern Conference play.
“How about Keve Aluma tonight? The guy is an animal. He leaves everything out there on the floor, and he’s a big reason why we are playing so well right now.”
Magee was locked in from the start of the game, opening the scoring with a transition three. Chattanooga would jump out to a brief three-point lead, but back-to-back tip slams from Chevez Goodwin and Matthew Pegram put the Terriers in front. Wofford would extend its lead to eight, but the Mocs scored seven unanswered to cut the deficit to one (22-21).
Goodwin would be the spark plug once again, throwing down his second dunk of the game to give the Terriers some breathing room. Moments later, Jackson bullied his way through two defenders to make the score 26-21 in favor of Wofford.
“Our bench was great tonight. Chevez Goodwin was awesome,” Young said. “There’s a plus-minus on our stat sheet now, and Ryan Larson was a plus 22 tonight and he helped our team win.”
After Chattanooga tied the score at 26, Magee knocked down the 432 three of his career, moving him into sixth place all-time in Division I history, passing Kevin Foster (Santa Clara) and Chris Lofton (Tennessee). Magee would hit another tray before half as the Terriers went into the break ahead 32-31.
“If it was easy, everybody would do it,” said former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton of Magee’s 3-point shooting. “Congratulations to him on beating my record, but don’t stop there, keep chasing the top spot!”
Chattanooga came out firing in the second half, scoring 11 of the first 13 points to take its biggest lead of the game (42-34). This time, it was Pegram who provided the energy for Wofford, scoring a putback and a jump hook as the Terriers cut the deficit to two. Magee would give Wofford the lead back, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to make the score 51-46.
Magee continued to deliver for Wofford, finding Jackson in the paint for a dunk. Moments later, the Orlando native rose up over a Chattanooga defender and connected on his sixth 3-pointer of the game, putting Wofford ahead 61-56 and moving into fourth place all-time in NCAA Division history for career 3-pointers.
“Fletcher’s got it dialed up right now,” said Young. “He’s playing great basketball for us, and I’m proud of him.”
From here, the Terriers took over in the paint, getting buckets from Aluma and Pegram to jump out to a 67-56 advantage. Wofford continued to pull away from Chattanooga, as a Nathan Hoover steal and score made it 73-58. The Terriers salted the game away, ultimately taking the contest 80-69.
Next up, the Terriers hit the road, traveling to Mercer for a matchup with the Bears on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“It’s been nice being home, but now we’ve got a tough road stretch,” said Young. “We look forward to our next opportunity on Thursday in Macon.”