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Wofford Pulls Away From Paladins, 76-52

Charlie Reddick
Charlie Reddick

Greenville, S.C. – Karl Cochran scored a game-high 22 points and Spencer Collins added 20 to lead Wofford to a 76-52 victory over Furman in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon on YP Court at Timmons Arena. 

Leading 39-36 with over 17 minutes to play, Eric Garcia buried back-to-back treys to ignite a 19-6 run as the Terriers up their advantage to 58-42 and took  control of the game with 10:28 to play.  Cochran, who added five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in the contest, scored six points during the deciding run.

Wofford outscored the Paladins 39-23 over the final 20 minutes and shot 55.6% from the field in the second half to improve to 10-10 overall and 5-3 in the SoCon.  The Paladins slipped to 7-13 overall and 1-6 in league play.

Cochran hit 10-of-17 shots to pace the Terriers while Collins connected on 7-of-12 attempts.  Garcia, who finished 3-for-5 beyond the arc, rounded out Wofford's double figure scorers with 10 points.  

The Terriers made 7-of-15 threes and shot 47.5% from the floor, but took control of the game by outscoring the Paladins 11-2 on second chance points, 32-20 in the paint and fashioning a 35-30 rebounding edge.

The Paladins jumped out to a 24-20 lead on Larry Wideman's trey with 8:14 to play in the first half, but Wofford held Furman without a field goal for the next 7:59 and used a 17-2 run to carry a 37-29 lead into the break.  After Collins pushed the Terrier lead to 10 with a layup to open the second half, Furman reeled off seven straight points to trim the margin to 39-36 on Wideman's second trey of the game with 17:41 remaining.  Wofford, however, held the Paladins to just 5-of-20 shooting the rest of the way to pull away.

Stephen Croone paced three Paladins in double digits with 15 points.  Charlie Reddick contributed 12 points, seven boards and four assists while Kendrec Ferrara added 10 points.

Furman shot 40.9% from the field, including 6-of-12 from three-point range, but converted on just 10-of-25 free throw attempts and committed 16 turnovers.

The Paladins will look to get back on track when they host the Samford Bulldogs on Thursday night.  Tip-off at Timmons Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

The game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at  The Paladins' official website will also host links for live statistics through StatBroadcast and live video streaming through StretchInternet.

Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.