SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Take a bow, Cameron Jackson.
Coming into Thursday night’s tilt against the VMI Keydets, Jackson had been on quite the roll. Over his last two games, a stretch in which the Wofford Terriers went 1-1, he averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, both of which were higher than his seasonal averages (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Against the Keydets, the sophomore out of Winchester, VA put forth the best performance of his young collegiate career.
Jackson finished the night with a career-high 25 points, going 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and dished out 1 assist to help lead Wofford to the 88-70 rout of VMI in Southern Conference action.
Fletcher Magee chipped in with 17 points and 3 rebounds, and Nathan Hoover added 13 points and 3 rebounds of his own. Both Magee and Hoover finished the game shooting 5-of-11 from the field, and 3-of-7 from three point range.
Senior guard Eric Garcia added 8 points and 8 assists.
For the Keydets, senior leader QJ Peterson finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in the loss. Fellow guard Julian Eleby was limited to just 5 points, on 2-of-8 shooting.
Forward Armani Branch scored a team-high 21 points.
Wofford broke the game open in the first half, thanks to a 15-2 run that gave them an 18-point lead when all was said and done. With 1:24 left in the half, Donovan Theme-Love capped off the run with a layup to give the Terriers the 49-31 advantage.
The Terriers took a 14-point lead into the break, and didn’t look back over the final 20 minutes.
VMI cut the deficit down to 13 points, at 75-62, on a layup from Branch, with under six minutes to play. However, they were unable to get any closer as the game ticked down to the closing seconds.
Wofford never trailed on the night, and cruised to the 18-point victory over the Keydets, 88-70.
Thursday’s win marked the second-straight victory for the Wofford Terriers (8-11, 3-3), following a three-game slide. They will look to keep to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon when they head on the road to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.
The VMI Keydets (4-13, 1-5) have now lost two straight games, and four of their last six overall. They will look to break out of their recent funk on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Furman Paladins.
– T. Bennett