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Eckerd rolls to face Tampa

Published Oct. 6, 2005

Jim Harley could get used to this.

Tuesday night at Wofford College's Benjamin Johnson Arena, Harley watched his Eckerd College Tritons pull off another upset to advance in the NCAA Division II tournament.

Sixth-seeded Eckerd (17-12) used inside power to blow away No. 3 seed Wofford (21-6) in the tournament's first round 94-82, putting the Tritons into Saturday's South Regional against Sunshine State Conference rival Tampa at Huntsville, Ala.

"I'm still not sure where we came from," Harley said. ". . . I thought this team was disintegrating. Now look at us."

Forward Paul Kinsella scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while 6-foot-9 center Kerwin Thompson hit all five of his shots from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Tritons shot 66 percent and outrebounded the Terriers by a 46-23 margin.

"In 18 years as a coach, that's the best anyone's come in and played against one of my teams," Wofford coach Richard Johnson said. ". . . That's the first time I've ever sat there and known we had to do something, but I was out of things to do."

Wofford was able to hang in for a half, leading by one at the intermission thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Matt Forness. But Rodney Chatman led an early second-half run that put Eckerd up for good at 49-48 with 17:31 left.