CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)---Karl Cochran scored 27 of his career-high 33 points to key a second half comeback in Wofford's 68-64 Southern Conference win at Chattanooga. His six threes after intermission led a comeback from 14 points down.
The Mocs took the 14-point margin, 39-25, on a Greg Pryor layup with 14:23 to play. Wofford chipped away, but the lead was still 11, 41-30, with 11:42 to go after Casey Jones' layup.
That's when Cochran started his dramatics. He nailed bookend three-pointers in a 9-0 spurt over a 1:16 span to get his squad within two, 41-39.
Justin Tuoyo came up big for the home team. His three-point play righted the ship and got the Mocs back up five, 44-39, at 9:49. The Terriers would not go away.
They continued to whittle away at the lead until finally tying it at 48-all on Lee Skinner's layup at 5:57. It was the first time the score was even since 0-0. Ronrico White answered a mere 20 seconds later with a three. After a Wofford turnover, Pryor nailed a triple of his own at 5:11 to make it a six-point game, 54-48.
The Terriers hit 3-pointers on four straight possessions to take their first lead, 57-56, on Cochran's fourth of the half at 3:12. White and Eric Garcia traded threes as Wofford had a 60-59 advantage as the clock ticked under two minutes.
Jones drove to the basket and drew the foul. His three-point play at 1:56 got the Mocs back on top 62-60. Cochran tied it with two free throws before Tuoyo's slam at 1:27 made it 64-62 for the home team.
Cochran found the nets for his fifth trey late in the shot clock to put the Terriers in the lead, 65-64, with 57 seconds to go. The Mocs worked the ball around and looked inside for Tuoyo. The lob was just out of his reach. UTC looked for a defensive stop, but Cochran hit his sixth three under duress with 7.9 to play to seal the 68-64 win.
“That's as good a performance as I've seen live,” coach Will Wade stated. “Impressive…unbelievably impressive. He did it over Tuoyo when we switched out. I mean he did it a bunch. He was six-of-six in the second half so just a phenomenal performance by him. You have to tip your cap to him.
“They had a great team spirit to them when he brought them back, and that was just a tremendous effort.”
Tuoyo had a career-high 19 points, while tying his high with 13 boards and adding four blocks. Jones tallied his second straight 20-point effort with 21 to go with seven rebound. White added 10.
Cochran turned in three assists and five steals with his 33 points. Skinner chipped in 10 points sharing team-high honors on the boards with C.J. Neumann with eight apiece. Wofford led 34-31 on the glass with 15 offensive rebounds.
“I thought Justin made some good moves down there…he played a good game,” Wade added. “I thought Casey Jones was his normal self. I thought our guys made some toughness plays.
“We didn't rebound the ball like I wanted to,” he continued. “I told our guys it was going to come down to the rebounding battle, and you know they out-rebounded us and got more offensive rebounds than us, and that's a problem when you play a team like that. When it's going to be a little bit more of a possession game, that's a problem.
“We can't give up that many offensive rebounds.”
The Mocs throttled the Terriers offense early. Pryor's layup at 8:08 made it a 20-6 lead at 8:08. Wofford closed to within seven twice before a Tuoyo free throw gave the Mocs a 30-20 halftime advantage.
Wofford was limited to 29.8 percent (11-37) shooting through the first 26 minutes of the contest. Behind Cochran, the Terriers shot 73.7 percent (14-19) over the final 14 minutes. That included making nine of their final 10 beyond the arc, with Cochran going 6-6 down the stretch.
Chattanooga falls to 9-7 on the year, 2-1 in the league. Wofford improves to 11-4, 2-0 in the SoCon, a half-game behind Mercer in first at 3-0.
The Mocs wrap up the five-game home stand Thursday night welcoming Western Carolina to the Scenic City. Game time is 7 p.m., with the game broadcast online via the SoCon Digital Network and on the radio locally at WUSY the Legend 96.1 FM. Gameday links to video (SDN), audio (MSN) and live stats are available on GoMocs.com. Follow @GoMocsMBB on Twitter for live updates.