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