SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) –
In front of the largest home crowd of the season, 3,120 announced, the careers of Collins, Justin Gordon, Zack Korkowski and C.J. Neumann were all honored. When the game began, all four were on the floor.
When it was over, they celebrated. Wofford’s senior quartet scored 44 points on a combined 53-percent shooting. Collins’ 21 was backed by 16 from Gordon and another seven from Neumann. Gordon and Neumann each grabbed five rebounds, leading the Terriers to a 26-19 advantage on the glass and a critical victory in terms of SoCon standings.
“This is a special group of seniors and they were genuinely fired up to get out here, compete and play a good basketball game,” head coach Mike Young said. “Our seniors put us on their backs.”
The Terriers went on an 8-0 run to turn a one-point Furman lead into a 64-57 game. Collins drained a 3-pointer at the 5:09 mark to close the run, bringing a raucous Benjamin Johnson Arena to its feet.
“There was great energy in this arena. The students were awesome and the Spartanburg community was here in full force.”
Junior Eric Garcia gave Wofford its largest lead of the night, 69-61, with just over 2 minutes to play. Furman scored the next five points to make it a one-possession game with less than a minute to play. They even stole the ball away with 10 seconds left and had a shot to tie it, but freshman Matt Rafferty’s 3-pointer was well short.
When it was over, the lead had changed hands 18 times. At no point did either team hold a double-digit lead and for more than 30 minutes it was a four-point game or less.
“Wins in February are hard to come by. Each team knows exactly what the other is going to do and it comes down to kids making plays,” Young added. “It comes down to hustle stats, offensive rebounds and making your foul shots. I’m really proud of this team. It was a heck of a win.”
Wofford shot 53 percent and survived a game in which Furman shot over 60 percent. They did so by hitting 16-of-21 free throws (76.2 pct.), only turning it over eight times and grabbing 10 offensive rebounds to just four for Furman.
The win puts Wofford (15-14, 11-5 SoCon) into a tie with Furman (17-12, 11-5 SoCon) for third in the Southern Conference standings. East Tennessee State (19-10, 12-4 SoCon) is a game ahead in second and Chattanooga (24-5, 13-3 SoCon) remains in first.