WILMINGTON, N.C. - Karl Cochran picked the right time to kick his offense into gear, propelling Wofford to a 56-51 victory against Hampton on Friday afternoon at Trask Coliseum on the UNC Wilmington campus.
Cochran scored seven consecutive points as the Terriers, who trailed most of the game, made their final push.
Cochran followed his scoring spurt with a steal, feeding teammate Lee Skinner for a layup as Wofford (2-4) concluded a 9-0 run by building a 49-43 edge.
It's Wofford's first win against a Division I opponent this season.
Nearly 21/2 minutes passed before the game's first field goal, and such scoring difficulties continued for much of the game.
Skinner, a sophomore forward, finished with career-high 21 points and Cochran added 18. David Bruce led Hampton (0-4) with 10 points.
Hampton would have tied the game if Deron Powers had made his 3-point attempt with 26 seconds to go. But he missed, leaving Wofford with a three-point lead.
After grabbing the rebound, Skinner canned two free throws to make it a five-point game.
Jarell Byrd added two foul shots at the 15.2-second mark, and Skinner added two more free throws to clinch it with 6.3 seconds left.
Hampton managed 10 points across the first 13 minutes of the second half and still held a 37-35 advantage. Jasper Williams hit a 3-pointer to break a scoring drought.
But Wofford finally pulled even at 40-40 with 5:18 remaining on Skinner's 3-pointer from the left corner. It was tied again at 43-43 when Cochran connected on a 3 from about the same spot.
Cochran drained 1 of 3 free throws at the 2:20 mark as the Terriers led for the first time since the opening minutes. He bagged a 3-pointer with a hand in his face on Wofford's next possession.
The Pirates held a 23-12 edge following Du'Vaughn Maxwell's steal and dunk with less than three minutes to play in the first half. The margin reached 13 points before Wofford closed within 27-19 by halftime.
Only three Terriers scored in the first half. Skinner tallied six of the Wofford's first 11 points of the second half, and Spencer Collins' 3-pointer brought the Terriers within 34-33 with less than nine minutes to play.
Bruce, a 6-foot-10 center, scored eight of Hampton's first 16 points but he didn't score again until a putback off a rebound with 7.5 seconds left.
The Pirates shot 50 percent (12 of 24) in the first half, when they committed half of their 24 turnovers. Wofford was good on 25 percent (7 of 28) in the opening half.
The game, part of the Nations of Coaches Classic, featured two teams that played in the NCAA Tournament as recently as 2011. Both figure to have a ways to go to return to that level.
Wofford and UNC Wilmington meet Saturday afternoon before Hampton faces UNC Wilmington on Sunday afternoon.
Notes: Hampton is 1-7 against teams currently in the Southern Conference. ... Wofford's Mike Young, who's in his 11th season as head coach, is 158-157 overall. ... Cochran, the 2011-12 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, has led Wofford in scoring in all but two games.