SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina and Wofford men’s basketball teams played the final collegiate athletic event at Wofford’s Benjamin Johnson Arena Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 3,317. The game was back-and-forth early but a 21-6 run by the Terriers to close out the first half blew the game open. Wofford would go on to claim the 84-56 victory.
The Catamounts placed three scorers in double-figures as every single player who was dressed saw action. Junior Devin Peterson, who was coming off back-to-back career performances, finished with a team-high 15 points. Freshman Adam Sledd was nearly perfect from the field as he connected on five of his six attempts to finish with 12 points. He was also 2-of-2 at the free throw line. Sledd added five rebounds and a team-high two blocks to his effort as well. The final double-digit performer was sophomore Marc Gosselin who was once again flirting with a double-double. After playing for just eight minutes in the opening half due to foul trouble, Gosselin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
The Terriers were perfect at the charity stripe knocking down 16 free throws including 13 in the first half which proved to be a strong factor in the late run. They also knocked down 10 3-pointers marking the 10th time this season the Catamounts have given up 10 or more triples in a game.
WCU was hampered by 18 turnovers, nine in the first half and nine in the second. The Catamounts also struggled to shoot the ball hitting just 38.2 percent (21-55) of their attempts including 20.0 percent (3-15) from three. The Terriers on the other hand hit 42.0 percent (29-69) of their shots and 32.3 percent (10-31) from 3-point range.
The Terriers outrebounded the Catamounts by 11 and scored 13 second chance points compared to WCU’s 2.
The victory gives Wofford an 11-2 mark at home this season but just a 14-15 overall record. The Terriers improved to 9-7 in league action. WCU fell to 7-21 overall and 2-13 in SoCon play.
Wofford was led by Eric Garcia and Cameron Jackson. They each scored 19 points while Garcia added nine assists and Jackson had 10 rebounds.
WCU will return to action this Wednesday, Feb. 22 as the Catamounts hit the road for the final time this season traveling to The Citadel for a key Southern Conference match-up. Game time is scheduled for 7 pm in Charleston.