Championship Week: Wofford Upsets Charleston, Will Dance for 2nd Straight Year

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

Wofford was supposed to be a top mid-major this season, but after a 2-5 start to the season, the Terriers were wiped off the national stage. They then got off to a solid start in SoCon play, but Charleston had been leading the conference all year.

Then, Wofford finally started playing as so many anticipated in the preseason, ending the regular season on a five-game winning streak. 

And when SoCon tournament time came around, Wofford did not let up.

The Terriers won all three of their tournament games by double digits, including a 77-67 win over Charleston on Monday night to claim a bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The game stayed neck-and-neck from the start, with no team leading by more than six points through the first 32 minutes of play.

Near the end of the first half, with Charleston up by three points, Charleston star Andrew Goudelock picked up his first foul. The No. 4 scorer in the nation had to sit out the rest of the first half and then be much less physical early in the second half.

Wofford took advantage, taking a a 59-53 lead in the final eight minutes on a pair of Terry Martin free throws. From there on out, Charleston was playing catch up.

The Cougars cut the lead to as little as four in the late minutes, but they could never get over the hump.

Wofford played good defense and made free throws down the stretch to survive and advance with a 77-67 win.

With that win, Wofford heads to the NCAA tournament with an automatic bid. Last year, the Terriers went to the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed and lost a close game to Wisconsin in the first round.

This year, the Terriers have slim chances of being seeded as high as a No. 13 seed, but most likely they will be a No. 14 seed.

In the SoCon championship, Cameron Rundles led the Terriers with 21 points on 6-for-12 shooting.

Noah Dahlman fell one rebound shy of the a double-double, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, but he still walks away from Chattanooga with the Most Outstanding Player award.

Jamar Diggs was the only other Terrier in double digits. Diggs had 17 points and six rebounds.

Senior Tim Johnson also turned in a very strong game with nine points.

For Charleston, Goudelock, who is No. 4 in scoring in the nation, led the Cougars with 25 points, while Donavan Monroe backed him up with 19 points of his own.

Watch out for Wofford. The Terriers could be a potentially dangerous squad for a high-seeded opponent next week.

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