|February 07, 2019||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WOF||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.500 (27-54)||.420 (29-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.423 (11-26)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.619 (13-21)||.533 (8-15)|
- 32||Patrick Good
Jackson - 8
- 4||Bo Hodges
- 2||Isaiah Tisdale
Patrick Good - 2
- 3||Mladen Armus
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 7, 2019) -- The 5,911 fans inside Freedom Hall were treated to a heavyweight bout between a pair of Southern Conference powers on Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Bo Hodges (Nashville, Tenn.) sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer from the corner with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, but after ETSU went ahead by one with under a minute to play in the extra stanza, Fletcher Magee answered with the biggest shot of the night.
With ETSU leading 73-72, Magee – the SoCon’s all-time leading three-point shooter – nailed a contested shot from beyond the arc with 31 seconds remaining to carry Wofford to a 78-76 win. Magee had 11 of the Terriers’ 14 in overtime and finished with a game-high 32 points on 7-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Bucs had a chance to regain the lead when Magee missed the free throw after being fouled on his shot, but Patrick Good’s (Johnson City, Tenn.) three was off the mark and Magee connected on a pair of free throws to go up four with 9.8 seconds remaining. Good pulled the Blue and Gold within one with his sixth trey of the night with 1.1 ticks showing on the clock, but after making his first three throw, Magee intentionally missed the second and Cameron Jackson came down with the offensive rebound as time expired.
Good, who had a half-court three wiped out at the buzzer to end the first half, scored a team-high 18 points, while Jeromy Rodriguez (Santiago, Dominican Republic) and Mladen Armus (Belgrade, Serbia) each finished with double-doubles. Rodriguez posted his 13th of the year after totaling 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Armus added 12 points and 10 boards for his fourth of the season. Hodges, whose only made three came at the end of regulation, finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.
In a matchup that had a feel of a NCAA Tournament game, the teams combined for 10 ties and nine lead changes, while the Bucs led by no more than six and Wofford’s largest lead was four points.
Despite making two more field goals than the Terriers (29-27), the Bucs went 8-of-15 from the free throw line and shot 36 percent from the field in the second half (10-28). ETSU was plus-12 on the glass, 44-32, but the Blue and Gold only cashed 19 offensive rebounds (13 by Rodriguez) into eight second-chance points. The Bucs finished with 18 assists and only turned the ball over 10 times, including zero turnovers by point guards Isaiah Tisdale (Lexington, Ky.) and Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) for the third straight game.
Following the game, the Bucs moved to 19-6, 9-3, while Wofford, who extended its win streak to 11 straight, improved to 20-4, 12-0.
ETSU got off to a strong start as they held a pair of six-point leads at 21-15 and 25-19, but the Bucs were unable to make a larger run.
After leading 25-19 with 10:03 remaining in the first half, Wofford tied the game by scoring six unanswered, but a three by Williamson made it 28-25 at the 6:37 mark. Again, the Blue and Gold went ahead by six when Williamson found Tray Boyd III (Memphis, Tenn.) for a three to make it 38-32 with 2:47 remaining before the break, but Wofford ended the half on a 5-0 run to pull within one, 38-37.
Both teams shot 47 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while ETSU was 5-of-11 from three and Wofford went 6-of-12. The teams only totaled four turnovers each and combined for 23 fast-break points in the opening half.
The Bucs held momentum at the beginning of the second half as they led for the first 10-plus minutes, but after being unable to take total control, Wofford rattled off five straight points to go back up, 51-50, with 8:31 remaining in regulation.
From there, the game remained tight as there were three ties and four lead changes over the final stretch run.
After the fifth tie of the night made it 55-all, Good knocked down another triple at the 3:44 mark to make it 58-55, but again, the Terriers responded with a five-point spurt to go up, 60-58. The Bucs pulled even at 60 when Tisdale hit Hodges on an alley-oop with less than two minutes to play, and after Keve Aluma put Wofford ahead by three, Hodges came through with the clutch trey in the corner to tie it at 64.
Wofford had a chance for a game-winning shot but Magee missed a baseline jumper in the closing seconds.
Overtime mirrored the stretch run of the second half as neither team gained much breathing room with three ties and two lead changes, and after Rodriguez hit the second free throw attempt, the Bucs led 73-72 with 50 seconds remaining.
Unfortunately, Magee stepped up with another big three to regain the lead and Wofford held on for the conference win.
Jackson finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Storm Murphy added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Bucs now hit the road again as they take on Furman Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. inside Timmons Arena.
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