Wofford College has the best scoring defense in the Southern Conference, and Georgia Southern
University felt the full brunt of it tonight in a 74-64 loss.
A late comeback attempt fueled by the largest crowd of the year decked in white simply ran out of time.
The Eagles (9-11, 2-3 SoCon) were down by 15 points with 5:49 remaining before drawing back within
six. But by the time this happened, there was only 1:00 left on the clock.
Junior guard Karl Cochran iced the game with four consecutive free throws in the last minute of play. He
finished with a game-high 25 points, 18 of which came in the second half.
“It’s been like that the last eight games,” Cochran said. “I’ll start with like five, six, seven and then come
out big in the second half.”
The Terriers (9-10, 4-3 SoCon) came into tonight allowing 65.9 points per game and other than the last
three minutes of the game, never let the Eagles settle into a rhythm on offense. GSU’s possessions were
defined by quick shots and almost no penetration. The Terrier’s defense was just too stout.
The only player on the floor that rivaled the fans’ intensity was junior forward Angel Matias. Matias was
sliding across the hardwood for loose balls almost as much as he was running on it. He finished with 13
points and nine rebounds.
Junior guard Jelani Hewitt and senior guard Tre Bussey both reached the 1,000 career point benchmark.
Hewitt finished with 18 and Bussey with 13.
The crowd was loudest it has been in the past few years. They were doing everything they could to
cheer on their team in the late minutes, but the Terriers’ D and Cochran were just too much to handle.
“Tell your fans it’s their fault. I can hear them chattering all game long, ‘you suck’. Oh okay, well let’s see
about that then,” Cochran said.
The Eagles will try to bounce back to .500 in the conference on Saturday as they travel to Davidson, N.C.
to take on Davidson College.