Rally falls short, GWU falls at Wofford

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 08:39 AM

Shooting 25 percent from the floor in a half and not scoring over the last 4 minutes of a game can be a recipe for a loss.

Just ask the Gardner-Webb men’s basketball team.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs hit just one 3-pointer in the first half en route to shooting just 25 percent and, after tying the game at 42 with just over 4 minutes to play in the game, GWU went cold as they fell at Wofford, 54-42 Wednesday night in Spartanburg, S.C.

In the first half, Gardner-Webb (5-5) missed on 22 of their first 30 shots and fell behind by as many as 14 before a late rally tied the game at 42.

But, the Terriers (4-5) connected on nine free-throws as part of a 12-0 run over the last 4 minutes, 32 seconds to seal the game.

Over the first seven minutes of the game, it was Wofford that had the hot hand, hitting 6-of-7 from the field, to take a 17-6 lead. But, over the next eight minutes, the Terriers were just 1-of-11.

Despite that, the Runnin’ Bulldogs couldn’t mount a run over that eight-minute span, scoring just seven points.

Max Landis ended the 3-point shooting drought with a long-distance jumper with seven seconds left in the first half. It stopped an 0-of-9 start from 3-point range in the first half for GWU.

Wofford came out of halftime on an 11-4 run, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs were able to counter by outscoring the Terriers 24-10 over the next 12 minutes and, finally tied the game after Kevin Hartley put back a miss at the 4:32 mark.

But, that was as close as Gardner-Webb would get as they failed to score over the remainder of the game.

For the game, the Runnin’ Bulldogs held a 32-22 rebounding advantage, including holding Wofford to just one offensive rebound. They also had a 10-0 edge in second-chance points and a 28-6 lead in scoring in the paint.

However, GWU shot just 33 percent from the field for the game and was just 2-of-18 from 3-point range.

Tashan Newsome led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with 10 points and Hartley added nine to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.

Wofford got 19 points from Lee Skinner and 10 from Karl Cochran as the Terriers were 41 percent shooting from the field and were 18-of-22 from the free-throw line.

Gardner-Webb will have a short time to prepare as they will return home for a 7 p.m. tip off with Tennessee Tech Saturday at Paul Porter Arena. Wofford will open up Southern Conference play Saturday at Davidson. That will kick off a five-game road trip before they return home Jan. 8, 2013.

 

Men’s college basketball

at Benjamin Johnson Arena

Spartanburg, S.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Wofford 54, Gardner-Webb 42

GARDNER-WEBB (5-5) — Tashan Newsome 3-6 4-4 10, Kevin Hartley 4-8 0-0 9, Onzie Branch 3-6 0-0 6, Max Landis 2-9 0-0 5, Donta Harper 2-10 0-0 4, Jarvis Davis 2-2 0-0 4, Jerome Hill 1-3 0-0 2, Tyler Strange 0-3 1-2 1, Mike Byron 0-1 1-2 1, Isaiah Ivey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-51 6-8 42.

WOFFORD (4-5) — Lee Skinner 5-10 8-8 19, Karl Cochran 4-10 0-0 10, Spencer Collins 1-4 5-8 7, John Swinton 2-4 0-0 6, CJ Neumann 0-2 5-6 5, Aerris Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Indiana Faithfull 1-2 0-0 3, Jarell Byrd 0-2 0-0 0, Bryan Harris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-37 18-22 54.

Halftime: Wofford 25, GWU 18. 3-point goals — GWU 2-18 (Hartley 1-2, Landis 1-5, Newsome 0-3, Harper 0-3, Strange 0-3, Branch 0-1, Ivey 0-1); Wofford 6-14 (Swinton 2-3, Cochran 2-5, Skinner 1-2, Faithfull 1-1, Collins 0-1, Harris 0-1). Rebounds — GWU 32 (Hartley 7); Wofford 23 (Cochran, Swinton 4). Assists — GWU 8 (Newsome 4); Wofford 10 (Skinner 3). Turnovers — GWU 17; Wofford 17. Blocks — GWU 2; Wofford 2. Personal fouls — GWU 17; Wofford 14. Fouled out — GWU, Hartley. Technical fouls — none. A — 864.