SPARTANBURG, SC – The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team got off to a slow start against the Wofford Terriers on Sunday during the final day of the Battle of the Carolinas hosted by Wofford at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.
The Aggies tried to recover from the slow start, but the Terriers pushed back every time in a 78-64 win over A&T.
Junior Mark Watson had 16 points and four assists. Sophomore Kam Woods came off the bench and scored 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Senior Demetric Horton was also in double figures with 11 points and five rebounds in a 3-on-6 shooting from three, and Austin Jonson had nine points and seven rebounds.
Wofford took an early 14-5 lead in the first 6½ minutes of the game and never gave up the lead again. But the Aggies fought back all night. Horton got the Aggies within four, 15-11, on a pull-up 3-pointer with 11:15 remaining in the first half.
However, the Terriers extended their lead to 27-11 over the next three minutes. But the Aggies responded with a 7-0 run that culminated with a 3-pointer from Woods that put the Aggies within nine.
Woods connected with two more 3-pointers in the first half, the last of which took the Aggies to eight at 35-27, with 1:37 remaining in the first half. But Wofford ended the half with a 3-pointer from Corey Tripp and BJ Mack to help Wofford take a 41-30 halftime lead.
The second half was more similar. Messiah Jones’ 3-point game gave the Terriers a 49-37 lead 2 ½ minutes into the second half. But Woods fired another three and Watson scored in the paint to reduce Wofford’s lead to seven.
After the U16 media time-out, Woods drove the lane and threw a ricocheted pass at the redshirt rookie Duncan Powell to maintain the momentum of A&T. graduate Webster Filmore completed the 11-0 run by pushing to the basket to make it 49-46, with 13-50 in play.
However, Wofford had the definitive answer. The Terries went on a 15-1 run that ended with a Kyler Filewich layup that gave Wofford a 64-47 lead by 7:13. A&T still had one run left, but it wasn’t enough. A 3-pointer from Wood and a dunk from Watson after a Johson steal cut the Terriers’ lead to 74-64 with just 40 seconds remaining.
Jackson Paveletzke hit all eight free throws and scored 21 points to lead the Terriers, who shot 51.9 percent from the ground and 42.9 percent from 3-point range.