Wofford coach Mike Young talks Fletcher Magee, win over Seton Hall
Bigger stage. Bigger arena. Bigger team. Same result.
March Madness No. 7 seed Wofford did the same thing it has done for the past three months Thursday night against No. 10 seed Seton Hall — rain down 3-pointers and find a way to win.
Southern Conference Player of the Year Fletcher Magee poured in 24 points while setting the NCAA Division I record for made 3-pointers in a career in the process as the Terriers earned their first NCAA Tournament win in school history with an 84-68 victory over Seton Hall at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
The Terriers (30-4) have now won 21 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 19 at Mississippi State. They will face No. 2 seed Kentucky (28-6) on Saturday at approximately 2:40 p.m. The winner advances to the Sweet 16.
“Proud of my boys... I can’t tell you how enjoyable this has been for me,” Wofford coach Mike Young said. “The thought of Wofford coming back on Saturday to face off against one of the great programs in our country in the Kentucky Wildcats, that’s pretty cool stuff.”
Wofford led by as many as 16 points in the first half and was up 10 at the break before the Pirates battled back to take 60-59 lead with 7:48 left. But then Magee and the Terriers caught fire.
Magee made five 3-pointers in the second half, including three in the final eight minutes, as the Terriers ended the game on a 25-8 run. Magee finished 7-for-12 from downtown and now has 509 career 3-pointers. Travis Bader of Oakland previously held the record for career 3-pointers in Division I with 504. Magee made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half to tie Bader before exploding in the second half.
The Wofford crowd roared in approval as Magee’s record-setter swished through the net 30 seconds into the second half to give the Terriers a 43-30 lead.
“When I hit it I definitely noticed the crowd was louder than just a normal three in the second half,” Magee said. “But I feel like I didn’t get too caught up in it. I was just focused on doing whatever I could to help us continue to stretch our lead and win down the stretch.”
Nathan Hoover also made two big 3-pointers late as Wofford went on a 17-0 run from the 4:19 mark until the final 30 seconds. Hoover started the run with back-to-back 3s and the Terriers never looked back.
“They never have that look about them like we’ve got a problem,” Young said of his team’s poise. “Seton Hall takes a stab at us, takes the lead, was never an air of panic... They’ve done it time and time again.”
Hoover finished with 18 points for the Terriers, while Cam Jackson had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson had eight points and five rebounds in the first half to help Wofford to its 10-point halftime advantage.
“My biggest fear came true, was that Jackson was going to take over the game,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “I thought the biggest difference in the game was – A, we turned the ball over, but B, early in the game he settled them down, he got them going.”
The Pirates shot 40 percent from the field, compared to Wofford’s 48 and turned the ball over 13 times, compared to Wofford’s nine. Seton Hall leading scorer Myles Powell finished with 27 points, but he was only 10-for-25 from the field.
“Our game plan was to load over and to really make it tough on him and frustrate him. I feel like we did a decent job as a team,” Magee said. “I know he ended up getting 27 on us, but we did a decent job as a team of making his points hard.”
SETON HALL (20-14)
Mamukelashvili 3-6 1-2 8, Nzei 2-4 0-0 4, Powell 10-25 3-5 27, McKnight 2-7 2-2 6, Cale 2-5 2-2 7, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Brodie 0-0 0-0 0, Gill 1-1 0-0 2, Nelson 2-3 0-0 5, Reynolds 0-3 0-0 0, Rhoden 3-8 1-4 9. Totals 25-62 9-15 68.
Jackson 5-8 4-5 14, Aluma 1-2 6-7 8, Murphy 5-10 0-0 11, Magee 7-14 3-3 24, Hoover 5-11 4-4 18, Goodwin 2-2 1-2 5, Pegram 0-1 0-0 0, Larson 0-2 0-0 0, Theme-Love 0-2 1-2 1, Hollowell 1-2 0-0 3, Stumpe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 19-23 84.
Halftime: Wofford 40-30. 3-Point Goals_Seton Hall 9-27 (Powell 4-11, Rhoden 2-4, Mamukelashvili 1-2, Nelson 1-2, Cale 1-4, Reynolds 0-1, McKnight 0-3), Wofford 13-28 (Magee 7-12, Hoover 4-7, Hollowell 1-2, Murphy 1-4, Larson 0-1, Theme-Love 0-2). Fouled Out: McKnight. Rebounds: Seton Hall 31 (McKnight 8), Wofford 26 (Jackson 10). Assists: Seton Hall 12 (Powell, McKnight 3), Wofford 11 (Jackson 5). Total Fouls: Seton Hall 19, Wofford 14.