COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nathan Hoover made nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points to help Wofford take down South Carolina 81-61 on Monday night.
Wofford used South Carolina’s rocky starts to each half to rout the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks trailed 19-6 in the first and 44-31 in the second before they found their offense, but the Terriers always seemed to have an answer. All-American candidate Fletcher Magee, held to zero points in the first half due to tight defense from South Carolina’s Hassani Gravett, scored eight points out of the locker room to give Wofford (5-2) a double-digit lead.
Like it did in the first half, South Carolina (3-3) came back but couldn’t quite get ahead. The Gamecocks got within two points with 11 minutes to play but Wofford scored the next seven points. Chris Silva struggled again with just eight points and freshman star A.J. Lawson was scoreless with foul trouble.
The Gamecocks were led by Felipe Haase and Maik Kotsar, who each scored 13 points.
Wofford: The Terriers are confident with their entire starting five back and knowing if they can win at North Carolina, which they did last season, they can win anywhere. They’re shaping up for a run at the Southern Conference title.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks have a young team and still haven’t fielded a full roster due to injuries. Yet their offensive picture is murky with Silva and three-year starter Maik Kotsar continuing to not play to expectation and their defense, counting on shutting down Wofford by shutting down Magee, was roasted by Hoover.
Wofford begins conference play Saturday with a home game against East Tennessee State before playing five straight non-conference games. The Terriers will take on No. 2 Kansas and No. 25 Mississippi State during the stretch.