FT YERS, Fla. – The Wofford men’s basketball team concluded play in the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 66-59 loss to Kent State on Wednesday. Kent State improves to 4-2 on the season with the win and Wofford falls to 1-4 with the loss.
Fletcher Magee led the Terriers in scoring for the second straight game as the sophomore finished with 14 points and a game high five assists. After just missing a double-double in Tuesday’s game, redshirt senior Ryan Sawvell had another strong showing with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Nathan Hoover was the third Wofford player to finish in double figures. The freshman finished with 10 points and was 3-8 from the field. Senior point guard Eric Garcia finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Garcia was 3-5 from beyond the arc.
Wofford shot 37.5% from the floor as a team while holding Kent State to just 34.5%. Free throws played a big part as the Golden Flashes went to the line 29 times, making 21. Wofford only attempted five free throws in the game (4-5). The Terriers, however, had the advantage from three point range. Wofford went 13-31 (41.9%) from beyond the arc while Kent State finished 5-20 (25%).
As has been the pattern for Wofford in the tournament, the first half was extremely competitive. Kent State took a 30-28 lead into the locker room. Out of the half, Kent State went on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 35-28 but the Terriers made three three pointers and went on a 9-0 run themselves to take a 37-35 lead. The game was within three points until 4:30 to go in the game when Kent State stretched it to as much as six. Garcia made a three pointer with 45 seconds to go to cut the lead to three but Kent State went on a 6-2 run to close out the game. 27 of Wofford’s 31 second half points came off of made three’s.
Wofford returns to action Sunday at Colorado. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. eastern.