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GSU faces trio of SoCon's best

    It’s about as tough a stretch as anybody in the Southern Conference has to face.
    The Georgia Southern Eagles face Wofford, Davidson and College of Charleston in consecutive games, beginning today at 7 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.
    Wofford and the Eagles have identical records at the moment (6-9, 0-2 SoCon), but the Terriers won back-to-back conference titles in 2010 and 2011, and finished with the second best record in the league — tied with GSU at 12-6 — in 2012.
    Charleston and Davidson are a combined 5-1 in conference games so far this season, and are the only teams in the SoCon South Division with overall winning records.
    GSU coach Charleston Young knows the upcoming week won’t be easy, but doesn’t want the team caught looking ahead, either.
    “Our philosophy is basically one game at a time,” Young said. “We’ve got a one-game season with Wofford. In order to win a championship, we’re going to have to beat all these teams. That’s the only way to look at it. We’re going to have to beat them whether it’s now or in the conference tournament, so we look at it as an opportunity more than anything else. If we win all three, everybody’s talking about the Eagles.”
    Wofford is led by Karl Cochran, a guard who jacks up 16 shots per game and averages 15.7 points.
    “He’s their guy,” Young said. “He takes a lot of shots. He’s a tough shot taker, but he’s a tough shot maker. You’re going to constantly have to run through screens and try to contain him.”
    Appalachian State held Cochran to 9 points on 4 of 14 shooting in a 50-49 win on Jan. 8.
    In contrast, Cochran dropped 20 in Wofford’s marquee win when the Terriers beat Xavier, 56-55, on the road on Dec. 22.
    “He can hang 30 on your head real quick if you’re not there to contest shots,” Young said.
    The GSU trio of Eric Ferguson, Tre Bussey and C.J. Reed average a combined 37 of the team’s 61 points per game.
    The Eagles return home Monday to face Davidson at 7 p.m.
    The Wildcats have won 11 in a row against GSU, and five in a row in Hanner Fieldhouse. The last time the Eagles defeated Davidson was Feb. 26, 2006 in Hanner.
    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.