Cougars coast into Charleston Classic

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team will make its third appearance in the Charleston Classic program history, beginning Thursday (Nov. 17, 7 p.m.) against Boise State.

The College enters the tournament with a perfect 2-0 record on the year, after wins over in-state foes The Citadel and Coastal Carolina punctuated the first week of the season.

Redshirt freshman guard Grant "the express" Riller has scored 29 points in his first two games. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Redshirt freshman guard Grant “the express” Riller has scored 29 points in his first two games. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

After an off night in the season opener, preseason all-CAA first team selection Jarrell Brantley had an efficient game against Coastal, scoring a team-high 15 points, including a pair of crucial free throws in the final minute to put the game out of reach.

“Obviously, there aren’t too many times you can have the Charleston Classic, an ESPN tournament, on your court,” Charleston head coach Earl Grant said. “With Villanova, Boise State, Mississippi State, Wake Forest, UTEP, Central Florida, you know these types of teams, coming to your arena, there aren’t many times you get that.”

With games taking place at TD Arena on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, coverage is available on The tournament field is comprised of Villanova, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., Western Michigan, UCF, UTEP, Boise St. and College of Charleston.

Limited to just one appearance in the event every four years by NCAA rules, the high level of competition presents the Cougars a great opportunity to boost their postseason resume. With the College set to take on No. 3 Villanova on Nov. 22 in Philadelphia, they could play their way into a second match up with the defending national champions, but it will likely require them reaching the finals of the Charleston Classic.

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On a cold January evening in the winter of 2004, Sam Oleksak realized his dream. As a mere fourth grader, he had the chance to announce a high school basketball game for his hometown television station. In the hopes of one day becoming a sports pundit, Sam began at Cisternyard News in Fall 2014. He now serves as the Sports Editor on staff and also makes frequent appearances on Cisternyard Radio.

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