Coming off a gutsy win on Thursday against Drexel, the men’s basketball team had a difficult time finding their shot on Saturday night and lost to Northeastern, 60-44.
The Cougars (13-14, 5-7), who did not lead at any point in the game, made a season low 29.6 percent of their shots from the floor.
Willis Hall struggled from the field once again, as he failed to crack double digits for a second straight game and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
Trailing by only four going into the second half, Charleston looked to be gaining momentum midway through the second half, as they closed the Northeastern (9-18, 6-7) lead to five on consecutive baskets from Anthony Sitt and Adjehi Baru.
But after the layup by Baru, Northeastern went on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach with just over five minutes remaining.
“I honestly felt like we were in a position to score, we had great looks at the basket and the guys, especially Adjehi and I, didn’t convert when we needed to. Whether that be my [travel violation] in the second half or the missed tip-in early in the first half. Those things have to go in, they have to go our way because we make them go our way, and I honestly feel like that’s what we didn’t do tonight,” Hall commented.
Reserve guard Joe Chealey led the Cougars with 11 points, while Canyon Barry pushed his double digit scoring streak to three and finished with 10 points.
Hall recorded rebound number 800 in this game, which makes him one of only seven players in school history to reach that mark.
“We were just trying to encourage [the team] and trying to get some mojo going. I think it is a grind that this program has never had before [in the CAA]. Whether it’s the travel or the top to bottom [talent] of the league, and I have to take into consideration how much they practice. These guys are also playing big minutes, but you have to stay positive. That’s all you can do.” said Head Coach Doug Wojcik.
The loss to Northeastern puts the Cougars in sixth place in the CAA, one game behind fifth place Drexel in the loss column and one game behind fourth place Northeastern in the win column.
Charleston will conclude their home stand on Wednesday night against William & Mary. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with a tailgate sponsored by CisternYard Media prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the practice gym.