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Wofford, UNCG to meet for SoCon title
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/10/2019
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No. 1 seed Wofford 81, No. 4 seed ETSU 72

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Top seed Wofford claimed the first berth in the Ingles Southern Conference Championship presented by General Shale title game. It fired its way past ETSU 81-72 Sunday afternoon in the U.S. Cellular Center.

Fletcher Magee (26) and Cameron Jackson (20) combined for 46 points to lead the Terriers. ETSU was paced by Daivien Williams and Mladen Armus with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Armus added a game-high nine rebounds.

The early part of the second half had an ebb and flow to it with the lead staying between six to 11 points. Cameron Jackson’s layup made it a 10-point Wofford lead, 59-49, with 9:42 to go and the feeling like maybe the Bucs were out of it.

They weren’t. Tray Boyd and Isaiah Tisdale hit 3-pointers off Terrier turnovers and in less than a minute, the margin was four, 59-55.

Magee answered with the first 3-pointer of the second frame. Bo Hodges cut the lead to six and Magee drilled another trey. The lead swelled to 72-60 on Jackson’s rim-rattler with 5:42 to go.

Tisdale hit a 3. The Bucs got a defensive stop followed by Armus’ jumper and it was a seven-point game, 72-65, with the large contingent of Bucs supporters getting vocal. Magee then drilled his sixth and final 3 of game and the night belonged to the Terriers.

Wofford awaits the winner of UNCG-Furman. Monday night’s championship game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 1 Wofford 28-4 | No. 4 ETSU 24-9

3 Notes to Know
- The Terriers extend their winning streak to 19 games. They’re ranked No. 22 in the country.
- This is the fifth time in 25 SoCon tournaments that Wofford advanced to the finals. It’s 4-for-4 so far with wins in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.
- The collegiate version of the “splash brothers” reached the 700 mark in 3-pointers made. Fletcher Magee (498) and Nathan Hoover (205) now stand at 703 for their careers.

3 Stats to Know
- The Terriers’ free-throw shooting kept the Bucs in the game. They hit a paltry 38.9 percent, going 7-for-18. Odd numbers for a team shooting more than 70 percent entering the contest. Even Fletcher Magee, a career 91 percent shooter, missed his lone attempt.
- A big storyline was rebounding. ETSU entered the contest leading the nation in rebounding margin at 10.9 but was a -3 today. The Terriers converted 10 offensive rebounds for 17 points.
- A lot will be said about Wofford’s 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) performance from 3-point range. But the Bucs matched them with 10 of their own. The Terriers hit 61.1 percent (22-for-36) INSIDE the arc compared to ETSU’s 41.4 percent (12-for-29).

No. 2 seed UNCG 66, No. 3 seed Furman 62

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No. 2 UNC Greensboro came back from a second-half deficit to get past Furman in the Ingles Southern Conference Championship presented by General Shale semifinal nightcap on Sunday. The 66-62 win was a classic March moment.

Furman came out of halftime with a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 37-28. The Paladins scored on three straight layups from Andrew Brown, Clay Mounce and Mike Bothwell to cap the spurt. UNCG battled back and got within two, 55-53, on a Kaleb Hunter jumper.

Alex Hunter drilled a 3-pointer just inside the five-minute mark to get the lead back to five. Francis Alonso answered with a jumper of his own for the Spartans. They tied it two possessions later on a Kyrin Galloway 3 from the left baseline.

The score stayed tied as the clock ticked under two minutes. The Spartans took control. Five quick points from Alonso put his squad up 63-58. Isaiah Miller picked off a Paladin pass and finished with a slam and suddenly the lead was seven, 65-58, with 1:21 remaining. Furman threatened late but a Miller free throw with 11 seconds on the clock provided the final margin.

The Spartans join Wofford in the finals. Monday’s championship game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 2 UNCG 28-5 | No. 3 Furman 25-7

3 Notes to Know
- Third straight finals appearance for the Spartans. Lost to ETSU in 2017, 79-74, before cruising past the Bucs 62-47 in 2018.
- It’s UNCG’s fifth championship game, with a 2-2 mark in the previous four. Along with the last two matchups with the Bucs, The Spartans topped Chattanooga in 2001 and fell to the Mocs in 2005.
- Furman entered the night 23-1 when leading with five minutes to play. The Paladins were up 55-53 and got an Alex Hunter 3-pointer with 4:51 to go to go up five.

3 Stats to Know
- A statistical anomaly on the UNCG side. The Spartans grabbed 16 offensive rebounds but had just one second-chance point. Furman grabbed six on the offensive glass but netted eight points off the extended possessions.
- Last 4:51 of the game from the aforementioned Hunter 3, the Paladins made one of eight shot attempts (12.5 percent) with three turnovers. UNCG went 3-for-3 including 2-for-2 from long range but struggled at the line (3-for-6).
- Furman led for 16:15 of the second half, taking the lead on its first possession after trailing by two, 26-24, at the break.

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 77, (7) Samford 70
Game 6 - (3) Furman 85, (6) Mercer 74

Sunday, March 10 (ESPN+/Nexstar)
Game 7 - (1) Wofford 81, (4) ETSU 72
Game 8 - (2) UNCG 66, (3) Furman 62

Monday, March 11 (ESPN)
Game 9 - (1) Wofford vs. (2) UNCG, 7 p.m.

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