SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern surrendered a 13-point second half advantage on Thursday night to drop a 74-61 decision to the Wofford Terriers in the final regular season league meeting between the programs. The Eagles were outscored 33-9 over the final 12:14 as the Terriers converted a 11-point deficit into a 13-point victory.
“Tonight we let mistakes on the offensive end hurt us on the defensive side of the court,” said Head Coach Mark Byington. “We played well for the first 26 minutes of the game and we will take some positives from that. We’ve got a short turnaround before Saturday’s game at Elon so we’re going to work on fixing some execution and toughness problems.”
Jelani Hewitt led the Eagles (11-13, 4-5 SoCon) with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field as he moves into a tie with Fernando Daniel for 33rd place all-time scoring with 1,095 career points. Curtis Diamond scored 10 points, all in the first half.
Defending SoCon Freshman of the Week Kyle Doyle had 10 points and eight rebounds. Angel Matias scored 11 points with nine rebounds, coming one board shy of his second career double-double.
Wofford (12-10, 7-3) was paced by a game-high 29 points from Karl Cochran who engineered the Terriers’ comeback, making 4-of-10 on the night from downtown. Lee Skinner had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Spencer Collins also added 19 points to the cause for Wofford.
The Eagles earned their largest lead of the first half in the final minutes, extending the advantage to 10 points before posting an eight-point lead going into the halftime break.
The Terriers shot 64% in the second half, scoring 16-of-25 from the field in the final 20 minutes of the game. The Eagles held a 52-41 lead with 12:14 remaining, but was outscored 33-9 over the final minutes to fall behind.
Wofford tied the game with 7:08 remaining and made three-straight buckets from downtown to establish a lead that would not be touched.
Georgia Southern continues on the road on Saturday night with a trip to face the Elon Phoenix. That game can be seen live on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. from Alumni Gym.