The Wofford Terriers made history against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday when they went into the Dean E. Smith Center and left with the program’s first-ever win against a Top 25 opponent, 79-75. The victory for the Terriers snapped a 23-game non-conference home winning streak for the Tar Heels.
Two names you should keep an eye on this season: Cameron Jackson and Fletcher Magee. The one-two punch set the tone for Wofford, Jackson on the defensive end and Magee taking charge offensively. The Terriers set the pace, forced the Tar Heels into their style, and committed themselves to playing relentless transition defense en route to taking down the No. 5 team in the country.
Jackson was a dominant force on both ends, but in particular with his defensive presence. He made things challenging for the UNC post all night with six blocks, especially frustrating Luke May. The added emphasis on transition defense allowed the Terriers to only give up four fast-break points. Wofford kept North Carolina off of the offensive glass with great team rebounding.
Magee sparked the Terriers with his high arching, contested jump shooting, finishing with 27 points. Accompanying his perimeter explosion was Jackson’s bruising performance on the block. Jackson dropped 18 points providing the Terriers with a well-balanced inside-out offensive attack.
Wofford took a one-point lead into the half and jumped on the Tar Heels right out the locker room to expand its lead. The Terriers would led by as many as 13 and made a clutch shot or play responding to each UNC run. The strong-shooting Terriers sealed the game from the foul line where they shot 88 percent on the night.
The Wofford Terriers showed they are among the elite teams in the SoCon, a league that is showing it can compete with anyone.