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Cochran Leads Wofford Past Furman, 74-49

Larry Wideman
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Spartanburg, S.C. -- Karl Cochran keyed a 25-6 first half run with four three-pointers and netted 17 of his game-high 23 points in the opening period to guide the Wofford Terriers to a 74-49 victory over Furman in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday night at the Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Terriers, 9-0 at home this season, improved to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in SoCon play, while Furman fell to 5-13 overall and 3-5 in the league.

After Furman jumped out to an early 7-2 lead on the strength of a four-point play from Stephen Croone just 2:56 into the game, Cochran's first trey ignited a 12-0 Wofford run that staked the Terriers to a 14-7 lead on C.J. Neumann's layup with 14:25 left in the half.  The Terriers forced Furman into 10 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes of the period to build the advantage to 27-13 and Wofford shot 51.7% from the floor to up the margin to 38-20 at intermission.

Wofford shot 59.1% in the second half, 54.9% for the game and outscored the Paladins 38-14 in the paint.  Cochran scored his game-high with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.  Justin Gordon and Spencer Collins added 14 points apiece for the Terriers.

Croone tallied 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but the junior was the only Paladin to reach double figures.  Furman shot 32.6% from the field and converted on just 15-of-28 trips to the foul line.  

Furman returns home to host NAIA member Allen University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Paladins' non-conference finale at Timmons Arena.  The Yellow Jackets and the Paladins can be heard on the Furman IMG Sports Network on flagship station WGOG 96.3 FM and Fox Sports 1440 AM with play-by-play voice Dan Scott and color commentator Ron Smith.  The audio broadcast will also be available by logging onto TuneIn.com.  Links for the broadcast and live statistics will be available at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information