SPARTANBURG -- Before and after Thursday's game against The Citadel, Wofford basketball coach Mike Young talked about the "utmost respect" he has for the Bulldogs' senior guards.
"When you've got three players like that, who've been in as many big games as they have, that's cause for concern," Young said.
The Terriers' defensive focus on Cameron Wells, Zach Urbanus and Austin Dahn paid off in a big way. Wofford forced 16 turnovers and held the Bulldogs to a season-worst 7.1 percent shooting from 3-point range in a 78-60 victory before 1,401 fans at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
Reigning Southern Conference player of the year Noah Dahlman scored 15 points to lead five Terriers in double figures, as Wofford showed that reports of the demise of the defending SoCon champs may be exaggerated.
The Terriers are just 6-8 overall, but are 3-0 in the SoCon heading into a Saturday showdown with College of Charleston, also 3-0 in the South Division.
The Bulldogs fell to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon, and are at Furman (10-4, 2-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Young entered the game complaining about the Terriers' defense, but it was Wofford's helping man-to-man and sticky zone that disrupted The Citadel's offense, particularly on the perimeter.
Wells scored 17 points, but he and Urbanus and Dahn combined for eight turnovers and made just 1 of 13 from long distance. The team was 1 of 14.
"They pressured us really well and made some the passes we normally make a little bit harder," said Wells, who has 11 turnovers in the last two games, including seven in Sunday's loss at Clemson. "Our offense definitely got slowed down a little bit."
Said Young, "I thought we did a fabulous job on those three. Our ball pressure bought us some time against Wells as he tried to read those screens they set for him, and that was a big part of the game."
For long stretches of the game, the Bulldogs' offense was reduced to one-on-one forays by Wells, sketchy 3-point tries and offensive rebounds from 6-8 sophomore Mike Groselle, who led The Citadel with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bulldogs' offense was so bogged down that they registered just seven assists on 22 baskets, though Groselle grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and fared well in his matchup with the 6-6 Dahlman, who had nine boards to go with his 15 points.
"I was looking forward to playing him," said Groselle, who has two straight double-doubles and three for the season. "I think I did better in the first half. He didn't have as many of his famous duck-ins and angles. But he got me some in the second half."
Two early offensive fouls on Wells hurt the Bulldogs in the first half. It was 13-8 when Wells picked up his second foul, with coach Chuck Driesell asking an official, "What did he do?"
Wells went to the bench for about 1:40, and the Terriers scored six straight points during that time for a 19-8 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs never got closer than nine points after that.
"That really hurt us," Driesell said. "And we just didn't have enough to get back in the game after that."
Reserve guard Kevin Giltner scored 13 points as Wofford's bench outscored The Citadel's, 21-7. Cameron Rundles and Jamar Diggs scored 12 points each and Brad Loesing had 10 points, three assists and four steals.
The Citadel got to within 35-25 at the half, but Wofford scored on six of its first seven possessions to start the second half to open up a 46-27 lead in the first four minutes. The lead reached 20 in the final minutes.
--Driesell said backup guard Cosmo Morabbi will be out 4 to 6 weeks with a broken finger. He had a pin put in the broken bone on Thursday ... With Morabbi out, freshman guard DeVontae Wright played 16 minutes. He was 0 of 6 with a turnover and four points ... Center Morakinyo Williams (foot) was dressed out Thursday but did not play.