Winthrop rolls past Upstate 106-70 in Big South

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Hunter Hale scored 21 points, Josh Ferguson added 17, both knocking down five 3-pointers and second-seeded Winthrop used a school tournament record 16 triples to cruise past seventh-seeded South Carolina Upstate 106-70 in the Big South Conference tourney quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Eagles (22-10), who face third-seed Gardner-Webb in the semifinals Friday night, were 16 of 30 behind the arc and shot 60% overall. They were 10 of 21 from distance in the first half when Ferguson was 5 of 6, and shot 51% to take a 54-47 lead. Hale also had 15 points.

Winthrop was 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and shot 73% in the second half, including a stretch when the Eagles went 14 of 15.

Charles Falden also scored 17 points and Micheal Anumba added 13 for the Eagles. Ferguson also had 10 rebounds.

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Tommy Bruner scored 19 points for the Spartans (13-20) and Nevin Zink and Everette Hammond added 12 each.

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