Wofford 75, Charleston 58
SPARTANBURG -- Wofford star Noah Dahlman and the "Minnesota Mafia" may be gone, but the Terriers proved Thursday they will continue to be a big obstacle for the College of Charleston.
Wofford, which has won the last two Southern Conference tournaments including a 10-point win last year over the Cougars in the championship game, rolled to a 75-58 victory at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
Dahlman, Wofford's career scoring leader, is playing professionally in Macedonia and fellow Minnesota natives Cameron Rundles and Jamar Diggs are gone.
But Wofford coach Mike Young did a good job restocking. Freshman Karl Cochran, a 6-1 guard from Marietta, Ga., lit up the Cougars with 21 points. Cochran hit his first four 3-pointers and finished the game hitting 6 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Cougars never led in the game, and while they managed to pull within three points early in the second half Wofford answered every College of Charleston run. Wofford led by as many as 12 points in the first half and its biggest advantage was the 17-point final margin.
The Cougars fell to 10-4 and 2-1 in the SoCon. Wofford, which came into the game with a lot of confidence after a 56-52 road win at Wake Forest, improved to 9-6 and also is 2-1 in the league. Davidson and Georgia Southern both scored victories Thursday and lead the SoCon South with 3-0 records.
Charleston hit only 39 percent of its field goal attempts (21 of 54) and was 10 for 25 from 3-point distance. Andrew Lawrence led the Cougars with 14 points.
Trent Wiedeman was the only other Cougar in double figures with 10 points. Senior Antwaine Wiggins, the top scorer in the Southern Conference at 18.1 ppg, was limited to eight points.
In addition to Cochran's 21, Wofford got 15 points, six rebounds and four steals from senior Kevin Giltner and 13 points and seven assists from senior Brad Loesing. Former West Ashley player Drew Crowell scored 11 points. Wofford enjoyed a 37-26 rebounding advantage.
"They played some great basketball. We have some work to do. We have to go to work and figure some things out," said Cougars coach Bobby Cremins, whose team lost its second straight game. "We're in a little bit of a bind. We had a couple of chances to get back in it. You have to credit (Wofford). They played a great basketball game. We couldn't defend them. I was hoping we could get back in it but we're out of synch right now."
Cremins said the Cougars need to regain the confidence they had early in the season.
"We have to do a little sports psychology," Cremins said.
Charleston remains on the road and plays at Furman at 2:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on CSS.
The Post and Courier's Tommy Braswell compiled this report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.