MYERS, Fla. (Wofford SID) – Cameron Jackson scored a career high 20 points, but Vermont’s Trae Bell-Haynes made a layup with three seconds to go to give the Catamounts a 60-59 win over Wofford on Monday morning in the Gulf Coast Showcase. The matchup was the first ever between the two programs. Wofford moves to 1-2 on the season and Vermont improves to 4-1 overall.
“I hate that we lost,” said head coach Mike Young. “I told them, I wasn’t sure I was going to see it here but that (today’s game) was approaching how we play and how we do it. I was very encouraged. I make no excuses and I’m not going to bail them out, but Vermont is very good. They have good players, good coaches, and they don’t beat themselves.”
Jackson’s 20 points was a game-high. Fletcher Magee followed with 12 points as the sophomore saw 34 minutes of action. Jaylen Allen finished with seven points, five of which came in the first half, and Ryan Sawvell tallied six points and brought down four rebounds.
“Cameron is a gifted scorer,” said Young. “He finds himself in some awkward positions sometimes but that’s just a matter of getting more plays and more experience. But, he’s doing some really nice things for us and I’m proud of how he’s playing.”
The game was evenly matched throughout as the score was tied 10 times. Wofford got on the board first just 30 seconds into the game as Jaylen Allen pulled up for a jumper in the paint to put the Terriers ahead 2-0. Wofford shot 50% in the first half and held Vermont to just 35.7% and the Terriers would take a 31-30 lead into the half.
The second half was much of the same until Vermont took a seven point lead at 48-41. The Terriers would go on a 5-0 run to answer, but Vermont would come back to score themselves to give them a 50-46 lead. The Terriers would again make up some ground and, with 1:41 to go in the game, Wofford took a 59-58 lead off of Cameron Jackson jumper.
Vermont missed a three and then fouled Derrick Brooks. Brooks went to the line with 53 seconds to go but missed both free throw attempts. On the next possession, Cameron Jackson blocked Payton Henson’s layup, but Wofford’s possession resulted in a shot clock violation. Trailing by one with 9.8 seconds to go, Vermont’s offense took over and Trae Bell-Haynes made a layup with 3.5 seconds on the clock to give the Catamounts a 60-59 lead that they wouldn’t give up.
The Terriers held Vermont to 16 points less than their season average. Wofford shot 44.4% from the field and Vermont shot 38%.
Wofford will play Bradley University on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in the team’s second game of the three day tournament. Bradley, too, fell at the buzzer 92-90 to Hofstra in their game on Monday afternoon.