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Wofford completes season sweep of GSU

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Wofford completes season sweep of GSU

Georgia Southern guard Cleon Roberts, right, earns a trip to the foul line as he is fouled by Wofford forward Lee Skinner during the second half at Hanner Fieldhouse Thursday.

    Karl Cochran, the game’s high scorer, made the go-ahead basket with less than four minutes remaining and led Wofford to a 53-47 win over Georgia Southern on Thursday in Hanner Fieldhouse.
    Wofford completed the season sweep of the Eagles.
    Cochran scored 16 points, and Wofford’s Spencer Collins added 14. The pair made a combined 13 of 34 shots from the floor, taking well over half of the team’s 56 shots.
    Collins also pulled in 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive side.
    “I’m very disappointed that one of their perimeter players could come up with six offensive rebounds,” GSU coach Charlton Young said. “That’s more offensive rebounds than our entire team. We had five as a team.”
    Georgia Southern (11-17, 5-10 Southern Conference) was led by Eric Ferguson, who didn't start due to a nagging knee injury and came off the bench for the third game in a row. He finished with 11 points. He was the only double-digit scorer for the Eagles.
    Cleon Roberts missed a pair of free throws with 2:55 to go in the game, that would have tied it 44-44.
    Collins scored on the other end, and Roberts answered with a layup, on which he drew a blocking foul. He made that free throw to cut it to 48-47, but that was as close as Wofford (12-17, 6-10) allowed the Eagles to come.
    GSU committed only one foul in the first 18 minutes of the second half, so most of the final minute and a half was spent fouling Wofford.
    The Eagles took their largest lead with 7:32 remaining when C.J. Reed hit a 3 to make it 40-36, and the Terriers had their largest advantage in the first minute of the second half when Cochrane scored the first four points and made it 30-21.
    Points were hard to come by, as both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor on the night.
    “Our team, when we don’t shoot the ball well, we don’t respond well in terms of continuing to fight and do the dirty work — the nuts-and-bolts things that win basketball games,” Young said. “Tonight, we didn’t shoot the ball well.”
    Marvin Baynham scored the game’s first basket two and a half minutes in, and it was the only GSU field goal for the first 7:14 of the game.
    Wofford exploded on a 9-0 run while the Eagles missed their next eight shots.
    Brian Holmes made a pair of free throws to make it 9-4, and GSU went on a run of its own, scoring seven-straight points and then taking the lead on a Holmes 3-pointer.
    Five of the Eagles’ final seven points of the half came at the free-throw line, and GSU made just 6 of the 24 first-half shots it attempted.
    Wofford closed the opening 20 minutes on top and held a 26-21 lead at halftime.
    The Eagles will play their final home game of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m., against Furman. It will be the last game in Hanner for the team’s two seniors, Reed and Cameron Baskerville.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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