Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wofford men's basketball in better spot than this time last season

The Terriers, who are currently on a five-game winning streak, have a chance to exact revenge on another opponent who bested them last season.

In the year's third contest, the Terriers of last season found themselves making a quiet trip to New Rochelle, N.Y., to encounter an opponent little known to these parts. That foe was none other than Iona, a member of the MAAC that dominated the boards and put away their southerly adversaries with relative ease in a 76-55 basketball game.

Mere weeks later, in the early days of December, Wofford had a home date against William and Mary. Unfortunately, the Terriers came up short once again, suffering a 63-60 setback at the hands of the Tribe, whose season found an abrupt end in the CAA title game against Delaware.

Now, as most know, the Terriers turned the tables on the Gaels, who were tabbed as early favorites to win the MAAC, in a nationally-televised early-morning game this season. Behind Karl Cochran's twenty points, and Lee Skinner's nine rebounds and fifteen additional points, Wofford took round two against Iona, 86-73.

Fresh off a rampage of a weekend in Connecticut, winning three games--against Fairfield, South Dakota, and Sam Houston State--in three days, and full of energy after an 82-54 trashing of lower-division opponent Ohio Valley, the Terriers (5-1) are looking forward to a rematch against the Tribe, who will have home-court advantage once again.

On Saturday evening, to aid in filling the void left by the conclusion of the football squad's campaign, Wofford will encounter William and Mary (4-1) at Kaplan Arena, located in Williamsburg, Va.

The Tribe, who, like the Terriers, haven't lost since their opener, defeated Western Illinois by a score of 83-49 at home on Tuesday. Prior to that, they squeaked out a close 69-65 triumph at Rice, and notched home wins against Howard and lower-division Bluefield College. They dropped their opener to Florida, 68-45.

Up by a single point last season, William and Mary stifled a late Terrier gasp and added two free throws to separate them for good. The Tribe finished the year 20-12 (10-6 CAA), and dropped a heartbreaking one-point game to Delaware in the league championship, effectively denying them a postseason.

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