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Ticket Punched: Wofford wins Southern for third trip to NCAA tournament in five years

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Wofford held three consecutive opponents under 60 points to win the Southern Conference tournament and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

The Terriers capped a defensive-minded run through the conference tournament Monday night with a 56-53 win over Western Carolina, which averaged 75 points a game this season and authored an upset of top-seeded Davidson in overtime on Sunday to get to the tournament final.

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The Catamounts nearly tied the game at the buzzer but Trey Sumler’s 3-pointer was just off the mark. Junior guard Karl Cochran scored 23 points for the Terriers, including five 3-pointers.

Davidson was expected to emerge from the Southern Conference after going 15-1 in the conference in the regular season with the lone loss coming against Elon. But it all came together for No. 3 seed Wofford instead.

The Terriers have been to the tournament only twice before in 2010 and 2011 but the program is still looking for its first victory after losses to Wisconsin and Brigham Young in its previous trips.

Wofford has been among the nation’s best teams in terms of taking care of the basketball, but it isn’t particularly impressive in any aspect offensively. It doesn’t have a lot of depth in scoring beyond Cochran, Spncer Collins and Lee Skinner and lacks size with no one on the roster taller than 6-foot-8.

Wofford committed just four turnovers in the title game and will have to produce a similar effort to advance in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. It figures to be seeded 15 or 16 presenting an opportunity for an historic upset. It’s also a team with only one senior, which might bode well for getting back here again next season.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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