SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – The Wofford men’s basketball team dominated UNCG 80-50 on Saturday night, winning a program-record 14th straight game and clinching the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference tournament.
“We were good tonight fellas,” said Wofford head coach Mike Young. “Greensboro is a very good basketball team, but my team that went up there in January and won is the same team I’ve had all year, and our guys played well again tonight.”
The regular-season championship is Wofford’s fourth overall and first since the 2014-15 went 16-2 to claim the league’s No. 1 seed. Saturday’s win, which came on senior night, set a new Terrier record for consecutive wins, besting the 2009-10 outfit that won 13 games in a row before falling to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.
“These are great accomplishments, they really are,” said Young. “But we have so much more to do. We don’t hang regular season banners around here. We’re really proud, but all that matters right now is next Saturday.”
Wofford, which is now 24-3 (15-0 SoCon), has a week off before traveling to Furman next Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip with the Paladins.
Fletcher Magee remained red hot from downtown, scoring 26 points in a 7-for-11 effort from beyond the arc, hitting seven threes for the fifth time all season and fourth time since January 24. Nathan Hoover scored 13 points while Cameron Jackson totaled 12 and guards Storm Murphy and Ryan Larson each added nine.
As a team, Wofford shot 45.8 percent from the floor while holding the Spartans to just six second-half buckets and 36 percent shooting for the game. The Terriers won the turnover battle as well, dishing out 18 assists and committing just eight turnovers, while forcing 17 turnovers from UNCG.
“Our first trip around with Furman, ETSU and Greensboro, we held each of them to under 38 percent which is awesome,” Young said. “It takes a great deal of focus to do what we’ve been able to do for most of the season defensively, and we were great tonight.”
The seniors were clicking from the start, with Magee knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and Jackson converting a 3-point play to tie the game at 9-9. The game was back and forth early, as the Spartans jumped out to a five-point lead before a pair of buckets from Aluma and Jackson gave Wofford a 25-23 advantage.
Murphy and Magee each drained 3-pointers and three free throws from Hoover made the Wofford lead seven. UNCG looked to close the gap before the break by holding the ball for the last possession, but suffocating defense from Wofford forced a shot clock violation as the Terriers took a 36-30 lead into halftime.
Magee opened up the second like he did the first, knocking down a three to put Wofford back ahead by seven points. Hoover began to get things going, hitting a three and a pair of buckets near the free throw line to make the score 48-34 in favor of the Terriers.
From here, Larson stepped in to help extend the Wofford lead, finding Jackson inside for a spinning layup and knocking down a corner three next trip down the floor that brought the crowd to its feet and pushed the lead to 20. The Terriers would keep rolling, getting threes from Larson and Tray Hollowell and slam from Matthew Pegram, cruising to the 80-50 victory.
“I have such admiration for this senior class. I don’t know what more I can say about them,” said Young of Jackson, Magee and Pegram. “They are great people and I’ve had so much fun coaching those three guys, but they’re not done.”