ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Wofford SID) – The Wofford men’s basketball team went shot for shot with top seeded UNCG, but fell 77-73 on Sunday night in the Southern Conference tournament semifinal. Wofford concludes the season at 16-17.
“Our guys fought and did everything I asked of them,” said head coach Mike Young. “I thought we had a couple of great possessions that we just didn’t get the ball to go down. I credit Greensboro. They’re been a great defensive team all season. They have guys that know how to play and get thing contested. I thought they did a nice job down the stretch.”
Fletcher Magee led Wofford in scoring with 22 points. Magee finished the regular season having scored double digits in all 33 games this season and scored 20 plus points in 19 of those games. The sophomore, a First Team All-SoCon selection, went 6-15 from the field, 4-10 from three point range and 6-6 from the line.
Cameron Jackson followed with 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and a game high four blocks, tying his career high. Jackson was 7-11 from the field in 24 minutes of play.
Eric Garcia finished with eight points and tied a career high with 12 assists. The senior, also a First Team All-SoCon choice, was 2-6 from the field, 2-4 from beyond the arc and 2-2 from the line. Jaylen Allen and Matthew Pegram came off the bench to add eight points and seven points, respectively.
We can’t ask any more of our guys” said Jackson. “We played as hard as we could the whole time.”
R.J. White put UNCG on the board first, just 15 seconds in the game. The teams traded baskets until UNCG took a six point lead, 21-15, with 12 minutes to go in the first half. Wofford then scored the next 12 points to grab a 27-21 lead. The Terriers led by atleast four points for the remainder of the half and took a 39-35 lead into the half.
Jackson scored a quick four points out of the half to extend Wofford’s lead to eight. With 16:44 left in the game, UNCG went on a 12-4 run to take a 48-47 lead. UNCG would not relinquish the lead, though the Terriers closed the gap many times. The Spartans biggest lead of the game, nine points, came with just under 10 minutes to go in the game. Wofford went on a 12-4 run to pull within one, 66-65, with 5:51 left. UNCG extended the lead to four points before Wofford again cut it to one, 71-70 with 1:54 left. Over the next minute and a half, the Spartans used a dunk by White and four made free throws to push the lead to 76-70. With 10 seconds left on the clock, Magee sunk a three to cut the lead to three. Diante Baldwin got fouled and made one of two free throws to push the lead back to four points and clinch the win for the Spartans.
UNCG outscored Wofford 42-26 in points in the paint and 10-2 on fast break points. Both teams led by as many as nine at one point. Wofford led for 12:22 in the contest, UNCG led for 24:54 and the game was tied for 2:44. The Terriers shot 46.4% from the field, 38.1% from three point range and 72.2% from the line while UNCG shot 49% from the field, 30% from three, and 83.3% from the free throw line.