GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Outscoring UNCG 36-16 in the first half, Wofford cruised to a 72-43 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Spartans.
led all scorers with 23 points, hitting three 3-pointers as the Terriers shot 10-for-21 (47.6%) from downtown. Nathan Hoover
had 14 points on four threes, while Cameron Jackson
added 12 to lift Wofford to its first win over UNCG since January 25, 2017 when the Terriers defeated the Spartans 93-74.
As a team, Wofford eclipsed the 40-rebound mark for the fourth time this season, outrebounding UNCG 41-24 while getting 20 points from the bench.
"We were ready to go tonight," Wofford head coach Mike Young
said. "And it started with our scout team this week. This is one of the best scout teams that we've had and that helped us a lot in this one."
With the win, Wofford is off to its best SoCon start in program history, moving to 5-0 in league play and 13-4 overall, besting the 2014-15 squad which began 4-0 in conference play.
Wofford struck first, as Magee came off a screen with time winding down on the shot clock to nail an opening-game three. After Jackson slammed it home and drew a foul, a Magee putback made it 7-0 in favor of the Terriers. The next trip down the floor, Hoover nailed a three to force a Wes Miller timeout.
Wofford held UNCG scoreless until the 14:35 mark when Isaiah Miller scored to make it 14-2. The Terriers continued to pull away, getting threes from Hoover and Magee to make the score 26-6 with under eight minutes to play in the first, ultimately taking a 20-point advantage into the break (36-16).
"We wanted to keep our foot on the gas in the second," Young said. "We were up 14 at the half here last year and we lost it. But this is a different team. This is an experienced team and they finished tonight."
The pace was much slower to open up the second, but seven more points from Magee and a 3-point play from Keve Aluma
put the Terriers up 46-18 just minutes into the half.
"I thought Chevez (Goodwin) played really well," said sophomore forward Keve Aluma
. "He helped us out a lot when I was in foul trouble. When I got my opportunity, I just tried to play hard, get rebounds and do whatever I can for the team."
As the Spartans attempted to mount a comeback, Matthew Pegram
answered with a powerful dunk to shut down the UNCG momentum. Moments later, Hoover drilled his fourth 3-pointer of the contest to make it 29-point advantage with 11:39 to play.
From here, Wofford continued to pour it on, getting 3-pointers from Magee, Hoover, Hollowell and Pegram to salt away the game.
Wofford remains on the road, traveling to VMI on Saturday for a matchup with the Keydets at 1 p.m.
"It's nice to go on the road at 5-0," said Young. "Now we have to keep this thing going."