Cougars continue to conquer conference foes

The College of Charleston returned to TD Arena for the first time in over a month to record the program’s ninth win in 10 games, defeating Towson, 62-57.

“For us to come out and beat the team that was picked to finish No. 2 in the CAA was a big accomplishment for us,” said Charleston head coach Earl Grant. “It was a tough and physical game, which we expected. I’m proud we were able to come out on top.”

Second team all-CAA selection Cameron Johnson hit a trio of three pointers in the Cougars win over the Broncos. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Cameron Johnson’s free throws in the final moments preserved a fourth consecutive win for the Cougars. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Towson led the Cougars 30-27 at the halftime intermission, but paced by Joe Chealey’s 22 points and Jarrell Brantley’s ninth career double-double (19 points and 13 rebounds), the Cougars held onto a slim lead through most of the second half. Charleston led 58-57 with 8 seconds to go, when Cameron Johnson hauled in a defensive rebound, and made the ensuing free throws to ice the win.

“We just stuck with it,” Grant said. “We knew coming in that they (Towson) dropped two games in conference play. We knew they would be itching to play again and we would get their best shot. They are a really good team. We knew it would be a dog fight tonight.”

Following road wins over Delaware and Elon to kick off play in the CAA, the victory over Towson moves the Cougars to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season. At 12-4 overall, the College is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season, which began 14-2 through 16 games.

The College ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 59.3 points per game. When limiting opponents to under 60 points, Charleston is now 7-0 on the season.

Charleston will look to continue its winning ways with a match up against Delaware on Saturday (Jan. 7, 4 p.m.) at TD Arena.

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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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