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Wofford Handles Furman In Regular Season Finale, 67-52

Bryson Barnes
Bryson Barnes

Spartanburg, S.C. – Freshman Karl Cochran poured in a career-high 22 points and Wofford buried 11-of-22 three-point attempts en route to a 67-52 victory over Furman in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,500 at the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The victory improved the Terriers to 19-12 overall and 12-6 in Southern Conference play.  Wofford, with its victory and Georgia Southern's loss to Davidson, captured the No. 2 seed from the SoCon South Division and a bye in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament.  Furman concluded the regular season at 14-15 overall and 8-10 in league play.  The Paladins, the fifth seed in the SoCon South Division, open tournament play at 6 p.m. on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., against the Samford Bulldogs.

Furman jumped out to an early 10-4 lead before Wofford grabbed control of the game with an 11-1 run that gave the Terriers a 15-11 advantage with 7:29 left in the half.  The spurt turned into a 26-10 run and Wofford opened up a 30-20 lead on Cochran's triple from the corner with 1:26 to play in the first half.

After leading 30-25 at the break, Wofford shot 56.5% from the field in the second half and made 6-of-9 three-point attempts to pull away from the Paladins, who connected on only 4-of-18 shots from beyond the arc.  

Cochran made 7-of-10 field goal attempts, including 4-of-6 from long range, and converted on all four of his trips to the foul line.  In their final home game, seniors Kevin Giltner and Brad Loesing added 17 and 15 points, respectively, to join Cochran in double figures.  Giltner, who hit 6-of-11 shots, drained 4-of-8 three-point attempts.

Wofford shot 48% from the floor and 50% from beyond the arc while forcing the Paladins into 15 turnovers.

Senior Bryson Barnes led Furman with 14 points and six rebounds while Brandon Sebirumbi and Jordan Loyd tallied 13 and 10 points, respectively.  Furman shot just 43.2% from the floor to suffer its seventh defeat in its last eight meeting with the Terriers.  The Paladins managed a 30-25 rebounding edge and outscored Wofford 24-18 in the paint.

Furman fans can follow all the action of Friday's SoCon Tournament opener against Samford on the radio with play-by-play voice Dan Scott on WOLT-FM 103.3, WGOG-FM 96.3 and through Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com.