ROCK HILL, SC— The Winthrop men’s basketball team will look to remain unbeaten at home when it hosts Wofford College on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
Winthrop is 5-0 at the Winthrop Coliseum this season and has won eight straight dating back to last season. The Eagles are coming off a loss at North Carolina Central Wednesday night and are now 6-3 on the year. Winthrop takes on a 3-7 Wofford squad on the end of a three-game road swing that has included games at St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth. This is just the second meeting between the two schools since 1985 as the Eagles lead the all-time series 11-4.
Freshman Josh Davenport had his best offensive game as an Eagle with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 behind the arc. He led the team in scoring as freshman Keon Johnson finished with 12 points and senior Joab Jerome added 11 points.
Turnovers have been an issue on the road for the Eagles, averaging 17 per game while just committing 10.4 per game at home. NCCU took full advantage of the Eagles 18 turnovers, scoring 23 points.
Johnson leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game and is shooting 45 percent from the field and 45 percent behind the arc. Jerome is second on the team with 13.3 points per game and is shooting 53 percent from the floor and 52 percent from three. Junior Andre Smith is averaging 12.3 points, but hasn’t scored in double-figures in the last three games.
The Winthrop Coliseum has been kind to those three as Johnson and Jerome are shooting 50 percent from the floor while averaging 14.4 points and 13.8 points respectively. Smith is averaging 13.6 points and shooting 46 percent. The three of them are a combined 32-for-63 behind the arc in five home contests.
One of the keys to the Eagles success at home this season has been the production from the bench. The bench is responsible for 38 percent of the offensive production in the games at 31.6 points per game. Davenport has been one of the team’s top scorers off the bench at 7.2 points at home, but so have Christina Farmer (6.8) and Keon Moore (6.7) to help the team average 84 points. Winthrop has only scores less than 80 in one home game this season.
The Terriers, who handed the Eagles a 70-55 loss in last year’s meeting in Spartanburg, SC, are looking to end a three-game losing streak. Wofford is 1-6 on the year on the road with the lone victory coming at Gardner-Webb on Dec. 4. So far the Terriers have played a very competitive schedule that includes games at Georgia, at Iona, at Minnesota, at St. Louis and at VCU.
Sophomore guard Spencer Collins leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game as he shoots 43 percent from the field and 78 percent at the foul line. Junior guard Karl Cochran (preseason All-Southern Conference selection) has come off the bench in all 10 games and is averaging 10.1 points per game while shooting 34 percent from the floor. Last year in Spartanburg Cochran lit up the Eagles for 27 points as he was 10-for-14 from the field, 5-for-8 from three and 2-for-3 at the foul line. Collins had 17 points at St. Louis but had just two in the loss at VCU. Cochran is coming off a solid performance at VCU with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Lee Skinner, a junior forward, is averaging 9.2 points and 7.1 rebounds, but has combined for just nine points and eight rebounds in the last two games.
4-time South Carolina Sportscater of the Year, Chris Miller and 2003 All-Big South Point Guard, Pierre Wooten will have the call on WRHI FM 94.3/AM 1340/WRHI.com starting at 1:40p with the Toyota of Rock Hill Countdown to Tip-Off.