Here's the results of Thursday's four SoCon games.
The Citadel at Western Carolina
Western Carolina out-paces The Citadel, 100-95
It was 37 years ago that Western Carolina's Ronnie Carr made the first 3-point shot in NCAA Division I history, at the Catamounts' old Reid Gym. Thursday night, The Citadel and Western Carolina staged a tribute of sorts, combining to make 24 of the long-range shots. When the air was finally cleared of basketballs, WCU emerged with a 100-95 victory over The Citadel at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. The Bulldogs made 15 of 38 from 3-point range, including 8 of 12 by freshman Preston Parks, who led The Citadel with 28 points. Western Carolina countered by going 9 of 16, including Elijah Pughsley's 6 of 9 for 28 points.
ETSU at Furman
Furman Rolls Past ETSU To Claim 12th Straight SoCon Home Victory, 75-62
Furman recorded 13 steals and scored 24 points off 20 ETSU turnovers en route to a 75-62 victory over the Buccaneers in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening at Timmons Arena. The win marked the Paladins' 12th consecutive home victory against SoCon opposition and improved Furman to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in league play. ETSU dipped to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the SoCon. Senior Kris Acox led the Paladins with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and added a team-best eight rebounds. Davis III connected on 7-of-8 free throw attempts to total 14 points and Sibley added 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Daniel Fowler dished out six assists and notched three steals, while Andrew Brown came off of the bench to tally nine points. The Paladins limited ETSU to 37.9% shooting, including just a 3-for-21 effort from three-point range. Furman connected on 47.2% of its shots and made good on 18-of-28 trips to the foul line. Despite being out-rebounded 40-37, Furman held the Bucs to just three second chance points and the Paladins posted a 24-13 edge in points off turnovers. T.J. Cromer led ETSU with 20 points and A.J. Merriweather added 12 points. Desonta Bradford grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Bucs.
VMI at Wofford
Jackson Leads Terriers Past VMI 88-70
Cameron Jackson scored a career high 25 points to pace the Wofford Terriers to an 88-70 win over VMI on Thursday night in the Benjamin Johnson Arena. With the win, Wofford improves to 8-11 on the season and 3-3 in conference play, winning back to back conference games for the first time this season, while VMI falls to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers are 7-1 inside Benjamin Johnson Arena this season and the Keydets remain winless (0-10) in road games.
Mercer at UNCG
What a Comeback! Men's Basketball Stuns Mercer 68-66 in final minutes on Baldwin 3-pointer
UNCG men’s basketball senior guard Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) had a flair for the dramatic Thursday night as Baldwin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds remaining and the Spartans closed the final 2:49 of the game on a 15-5 run to stun Southern Conference foe Mercer 68-66 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The victory ran the Spartans’ winning streak to five-straight games and improved UNCG to 15-5 overall on the season and 6-1 in league play, alone in first place in the SoCon. The Spartans also matched their win total from all of last season with the 15th victory Thursday as UNCG is off to the second-best start in school history and the best since the 1994-95 season.
UNCG 6-1 (15-5)
UTC 5-1 (14-4)
ETSU 4-2 (14-5)
Samford 4-2 (13-6)
Furman 4-2 (11-8)
Wofford 3-3 (8-11)
Mercer 2-5 (8-12)
Citadel 2-6 (9-12)
WCU 1-5 (6-13)
VMI 1-5 (4-13)
Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - MAAC
15 - Mid-America
23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Big South
25 - Conference USA
26 - Atlantic Sun
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