Southern Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Georgia Southern 60, Wofford 44
Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Ferguson scored 17 points and Tre Bussey added 12 with nine rebounds, as Georgia Southern notched a 60-44 win over Wofford in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
C.J. Reed shot a miserable 4-of-16 from the field and finished with 10 points for the Eagles (14-18), who will next meet top-seeded Davidson in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Indiana Faithfull and Spencer Collins each scored 10 for Wofford (13-19), which had won three of its last four to conclude the regular season. The Terriers shot a dismal 34 percent on Friday, including 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Wofford held an 18-16 lead after a Collins layup with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half, but didn't score again as Georgia Southern ripped off the final 14 points and took a 30-18 advantage to the break. The Terriers got only as close as eight in the second half.
Final Score: Furman 55, Samford 51
Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - Bobby Austin scored 17 points and Stephen Croone chipped in with 11 as the Furman Paladins outlasted the Samford Bulldogs, 55-51, in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
With the Paladins (7-23) up by two with 11 seconds to play, Austin sank a pair from the free throw line to clinch the victory and set up a clash with fourth-seeded Appalachian State in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Tim Williams finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Samford (11-21), which had dropped three of its last four games prior to tournament play. Tyler Hood contributed 13 points and Clide Geffrard Jr. scored 10 in defeat.
Furman went into the break tied at 25-25 thanks to a triple late in the stanza from Austin, who along with Croone, later combined for a 9-2 run which put the Paladins ahead 49-44 with 6:09 to play and they kept the advantage the rest of the way.
Final Score: UNC Greensboro 87, Chattanooga 81
Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - Derrell Armstrong tallied 25 points and eight rebounds as the 10th-seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to take down the seventh-seeded Chattanooga Mocs, 87-81, in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Trevis Simpson added 17 points and five assists for UNCG (9-21), which will take on second-seeded Elon in the quarterfinal round on Saturday. Nicholas Paulos chipped in 11 points off the bench for the Spartans, while Kayel Locke had 10 points.
For Chattanooga (13-19), Z. Mason logged 20 points and eight rebounds, Ronrico White shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range en route to 19 points and Casey Jones poured in 11 points.
Chattanooga shot 56 percent from the field in the first half as it took a 43-32 lead into intermission.
UNCG improved from 46.2 percent field goal efficiency in the opening stanza to 58.6 percent after the break as it made its charge. The Spartans ripped off a 27-7 late in the second half to seal their fate.
The Spartans won despite a lackluster showing from the free-throw line (18-31).
Final Score: Western Carolina 76, The Citadel 61
Asheville, NC (Sports Network) - Trey Sumler tallied 27 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Western Carolina Catamounts dismissed The Citadel Bulldogs, 76-61, in first-round action of the Southern Conference Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Sumler shot 10-of-15 from the field for WCU (14-18), which will take on third- seeded College of Charleston in the quarterfinal round on Saturday. James Sinclair added 14 points and six rebounds for the sixth-seeded Catamounts, while Tom Tankelewicz scored 11 points.
For the 11th-seeded Bulldogs (8-22), Mike Groselle and Matt Van Scyoc poured in 13 points apiece.
WCU shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and held The Citadel to under 38 percent shooting, as it carried a 34-25 lead into intermission.
The Catamounts' advantage never dipped below seven in the second half.
WCU outscored The Citadel at the foul line, 13-3.
03/08 23:06:48 ET