No. 1 seed Wofford 99, No. 8 seed VMI 72
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No. 1 seed Wofford put six players in double figures and shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half to blow open a tight game, downing No. 8 seed VMI 99-72 in Saturday’s first quarterfinal game of the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship presented by General Shale.
The 22nd-ranked Terriers await either No. 4 seed ETSU or No. 5 seed Chattanooga, who square off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance. Sunday’s first semifinal contest begins at 4 p.m. and will air on ESPN+ and designated Nexstar affiliates.
Wofford scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 22 in the first half at 38-16 before the Keydets came roaring back behind the leading scorer in the SoCon, Bubba Parham. The sophomore guard hit a 3-pointer and scored eight straight points to ignite a 17-3 run to get the deficit back into single digits at 41-33 with 2:28 left in the first half.
The spread remained eight until just before the half, but SoCon Player of the Year Fletcher Magee, who had been 0-for-5 from 3-point range to that point, hit a long triple at the buzzer to send the Terriers into the half up 48-37.
Parham hit another 3 out of the half to get VMI back within eight, but Magee answered with one of his own. A Sarju Patel layup made it a nine-point spread, but Wofford’s Storm Murphy countered with a jumper in the paint to spark a quick 12-2 run and the Terriers were firmly in control at 65-44 with less than five minutes gone in the second half.
Wofford’s lead never dipped below 15 the rest of the way and ballooned to 29 twice in the late going.
Nathan Hoover scored 17 points to lead Wofford, which also got 14 from Chevez Goodwin, 12 from Keve Aluma and 11 each from Magee, Murphy and Cameron Jackson.
Parham had a game-high 22 points for VMI, with Garrett Gilkeson joining him in double figures with 11.
No. 1 Wofford (27-4) | No. 8 VMI (11-21)
3 Notes to Know
- Wofford is in the semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years. The Terriers have won four of the last nine tournament titles.
- The Terriers extended their winning streak to 18 games, the second-longest active streak behind only No. 1 Gonzaga’s 20-game run.
- VMI saw its season-best four-game winning streak come to an end.
3 Stats to Know
- VMI shot just 37.1 percent from the floor (13-for-35) in the second half after keeping Wofford in sight on 48.4 percent shooting (15-for-31) in the first.
- Wofford won the rebounding battle 44-31.
- 10 players saw at least 10 minutes of action for Wofford, which had 14 players see the floor overall.
No. 4 seed ETSU 68, No. 5 seed Chattanooga 64
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fourth-seeded ETSU got 21 points off the bench from Tray Boyd III and Jeromy Rodriguez’s 15th double-double of the season to hold off No. 5 seed Chattanooga in Saturday’s second quarterfinal game at the Ingles Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale at the U.S. Cellular Center.
The Bucs advance to face No. 1 seed and 22nd-ranked Wofford in the semifinals on Sunday at 4 p.m. That contest will air on ESPN+ and designated Nexstar affiliates.
Neither team led by more than nine points in what has been the most competitive game of the tournament so far. The Bucs never trailed in the second half but Chattanooga would not go away, staying within two possessions for the last 10 minutes of the game.
ETSU always had an answer, with Bo Hodges answering a Ramon Vila layup with one of his own to make it a four-point spread at 58-54 with 6:31 to play before Boyd countered a Kevin Easley 3-pointer with a jumper with make it 60-57 with just under four minutes to go.
David Jean-Baptiste got it back down to one point at 62-61 with a 3 with 2:37 to play but after turnovers by both sides, Hodges and Boyd converted consecutive baskets to stretch the Bucs’ lead to five with under a minute to play.
With the Mocs trailing 66-62, Jean-Baptiste banked in a floater over ETSU 7-footer Lucas N’Guessan with 18.3 seconds left, but ETSU freshman Daivien Williamson converted both ends of a 1-and-1 on the other end two seconds later and Chattanooga had two 3-point attempts go begging in the final 10 seconds to ice it.
For the Bucs, Hodges joined Boyd and Rodriguez in double figures with 12 points. Rodriguez had 15 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. Jean-Baptiste finished with a team-high 17 points for Chattanooga, while Vila had 16.
No. 4 ETSU (24-8) | No. 5 Chattanooga (12-20)
3 Notes to Know
- ETSU is in the semifinals for the fourth straight season. The Bucs have appeared in the title game in each of the last three.
- The win was the 100th at ETSU for coach Steve Forbes. He is now 100-37 in four seasons at the helm. The 100 victories are a program record for a four-year stretch.
- Chattanooga and ETSU met in the quarterfinals for the second straight season. The second-seeded Bucs claimed a 77-59 win over No. 10 seed Chattanooga in 2018.
3 Stats to Know
- ETSU’s bench outscored Chattanooga’s 38-9, with Boyd doing most of that damage with 21 points.
- Chattanooga turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 13 ETSU points. The Mocs scored just five points off of 11 ETSU turnovers.
- Chattanooga hit 10 of its 19 3-point attempts (52.6 percent), while ETSU was just 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from long range.
2019 Ingles Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale schedule
Friday, March 8 (ESPN+)
Game 1 - (8) VMI 96, (9) Western Carolina 83
Game 2 - (7) Samford 100, (10) The Citadel 71
Saturday, March 9 (ESPN+/Nexstar)
Game 3 - (1) Wofford 99, (8) VMI 72
Game 4 - (4) ETSU 68, (5) Chattanooga 64
Game 5 - (2) UNCG vs. (7) Samford, 6 p.m.
Game 6 - (3) Furman vs. (6) Mercer, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 (ESPN+/Nexstar)
Game 7 – (1) Wofford vs. (4) ETSU, 4 p.m.
Game 8 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 11 (ESPN)
Championship game, 7 p.m.