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First Half Run Lifts Wofford Over Furman, 70-50

Keith Belfield
Keith Belfield

Spartanburg, S.C. – Karl Cochran scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half and Wofford used a 20-0 run in the opening period to down Furman, 70-50, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C. 

The loss dropped Furman to 8-18 overall and 2-11 in SoCon play while the Terriers improved to 16-10 overall and 10-3 in the league with their ninth straight win.

Cochran, who connected on 5-of-7 three-point attempts on the night, buried trey with 17:15 to play in the first half to give the Terriers a 6-4 lead and ignite a 20-0 Wofford run.  The junior scored eight points during the spurt as Wofford held the Paladins scoreless for almost nine minutes before Keith Belfield ended the run with a three-pointer with 8:17 left in the period after the Terriers had built a 23-4 lead.

Furman, down 36-17 at intermission, shot 64.7% in the second half and trimmed the margin to 12 points at 58-46 on Stephen Croone's free throws with 6:44 left, but Eric Garcia answered with a three-pointer and Lee Skinner scored in the paint following a Furman turnover to put the game out of reach.

Skinner tallied seven points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for Wofford while Spencer Collins and Garcia netted nine points apiece.  The Terriers shot 50% from the floor and converted on 7-of-13 sots behind the arc.  Wofford managed a 35-28 rebounding edge and committed just nine turnovers.

Belfield, who buried three triples, tallied a career-high tying 14 points to lead the Paladins.  Croone added 13 points to reached double figures for the 25th time in 26 games while Kendrec Ferrara scored 10 points.

The Paladins, just 6-of-26 from the field in the first half, shot 39.5% from the floor and made only three of their 14 three-point attempts.  

Furman returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Appalachian State on YP Court at Timmons Arena Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

Saturday's game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at www.FurmanPaladins.com.  Live streaming video of the contest will also be available at FurmanPaladins.com for a subscription fee.  Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.