College of Charleston’s Cougars fell to the Bulldogs of Samford in their first game of the spring semester, Thursday night, 62-57.
The Cougars were led by an impressive performance from sophomore Adjehi Baru, with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Lawrence added 14 points of his own, while Willis Hall and Anthony Thomas pulled down seven rebounds each.
Samford shot an astounding 50 percent from behind the arc, hitting 8-of-16 3-pointers. Raijon Kelly led the squad with 15 points on the evening.
Coming off a close call last Saturday against Furman, the Cougars welcomed a supportive crowd in TD Arena, but the Bulldogs came out strong and quickly deflated the crowd.
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo in the first half as Charleston had trouble finding their offensive footing. Charleston found their only lead of the half at 10-9 but each time the Cougars came close, Samford equalized.
In the second half the Bulldogs followed in the same style, trading baskets with the Cougars and never letting them get ahead.
With a three from Theo Johnson, mid-half, the Cougars grabbed the lead and reenergized the crowd. Strong performances from Baru and Lawrence aided Charleston as they extended their lead to 49-43.
Five quick points from the Bulldogs shifted the momentum back in their favor and the Cougars lost their edge, eventually falling to Samford by five points.
Charleston looks to rebound from their tough loss, Saturday afternoon, against SoCon rival, Chattanooga.