On Wofford's first possession of the game at The Citadel Saturday night, Karl Cochran missed a 3-pointer.
Then teammate Aerris Smith grabbed the rebound and missed. He rebounded that shot and missed again. Then Lee Skinner snagged the basketball and missed a jumper. Finally, freshman point guard Eric Garcia tracked down a long rebound and drained a 3-pointer.
Five shots, four rebounds on the Terriers' first possession.
Wofford's energy and purpose was superior from the opening tap, and the Terriers handed the Bulldogs their 14th straight loss by 77-56 before 1,333 fans at McAlister Field House.
Junior guard Karl Cochran scored 18 points and played stellar defense on The Citadel's top scorer, Matt Van Scyoc, as the Terriers won their sixth straight to improve to 13-10 overall and 8-3 in the Southern Conference.
"They came out more ready to play than we did," said Citadel sophomore Quinton Marshall, who scored 11 points for the Bulldogs (4-22, 0-12). "We should have come out and played a lot harder. They got all those rebounds on the first play of the game, and kept rolling from there."
As the Bulldogs' futility starts to reach historic proportions - the 14-game skid is The Citadel's longest single-season losing streak since 1954-55 and the second-longest in school history - it is weighing on the players.
"We talk about overcoming and all this positive stuff," said Marshall, a sophomore. "But when we come out on the court, at times like today, we don't come to play. We've got to talk and back it up, too."
Van Scyoc, face-guarded by the 6-1 Cochran, scored nine points on 4 of 6 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. Freshman Brian White led The Citadel with 14 points, after going scoreless in just five minutes of a 54-45 loss at App State on Thursday.
But The Citadel's 15 turnovers - 10 in the first half - loomed the largest, leading to 24 Wofford points.
"Losing is tough, no matter what, no matter what the streak is," Van Scyoc said. "But you can't accept losing. I remember when the Brooklyn Nets lost 10 straight, their coach said, 'We've accepted losing.' That's something we haven't done yet. We work our butts off in practice, and we've got to translate that to the games. And we will."
With freshman point guard Eric Garcia now at the controls, Wofford turned the ball over just once in the first half and seven times for the game. Garcia scored 14 points on just four shots from the field, with only one turnover in 24 minutes. Cochran, meanwhile, added eight assists and five steals to his 15 points and defensive effort on Van Scyoc.
"I will fight whomever," said Wofford coach Mike Young. "Karl Cochran is playing better than any perimeter player in our league right now, and it's not real close. That's taken nothing away from the other great perimeter players in our league, but Karl is the best perimeter player in our league right now."
Young said The Citadel should have won the 79-75 overtime decision the Terriers took in Spartanburg on Jan. 9, but this game was over early. Wofford jumped out to leads of 11-4 and 27-8 before taking a 45-24 edge at the half. The lead reached 28 points in the final five minutes.
"Wofford was good tonight," said Citadel coach Chuck Driesell. "I'm disappointed our guys didn't match that. The first-half turnovers really got us in a hole, and it was tough to come back from that."
. Former Wando High School standouts John Swinton and Eric Wagenlander both made appearances for Wofford. Swinton, a 6-2 junior, played 21 minutes and scored two points. Wagenlander, a 6-2 freshman, played two minutes.
. The Citadel has five regular-season games left, three at home. The Bulldogs host Davidson on Thursday.