Homecoming Victory Pushes Cougar Win Streak to 8 Games

To celebrate their homecoming night, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team aimed to hold down the fort against conference foe Drexel.

At home is where the Cougars have excelled this season. Heading into this matchup, the College remained undefeated at TD Arena, boasting a 12-0 record.

Thanks to monster performances from Jarrell Brantley and Nick Harris, the Cougars’ win column for home games grew even bigger — to 13 wins.

Brantley and Harris, scoring 30 and 21 points respectively, led the charge for an efficient offensive showing for the squad.

The first half of this critical game didn’t really see either team pull ahead, as the period ended with the Cougars holding onto a 5 point lead.

That being said, the offense for the College was hardly the issue this half, as they shot 54% from the field and 57% from the 3-point arc.

The defense was the culprit for the lead being that small, as the Dragons were allowed to shoot a 60% clip from the field, and 46% from deep.

As the second period began, the tide shifted even further in the Cougars’ direction.

The College outscored Drexel 45-28 in the game’s final half, as Brantley put up 20 of his 30 points in that time.

Nick Harris continued his absurdly efficient night, as he only missed one shot, early in the first half.

Efficiency was the name of the game this period, as the trio of Grant Riller, Nick Harris and Jarrell Brantley shot a combined 17-21 to take charge of the game.

With this win, the College added even more cushion to their #1 spot in the CAA, as they sit with an impressive 11-3 conference record.

The Cougars, currently in the midst of an 8-game win streak, look to continue their winning ways on the road this week, against CAA rivals James Madison and UNCW.

The team will be in TD Arena for the final time on February 22nd, where they will look to avenge their last loss to Elon while celebrating Senior Night.

With the CAA tournament swiftly approaching, each and every game is a must-win for the team.

Each of the College’s final 4 games of the regular season will be against conference opponents, and the #1 seed for the tournament is theirs to lose.

The team’s next action will be on February 15th as they hit the road to square off with James Madison.

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Sean Pedernales is a Senior Communications Major at The College. Sean is the sports editor for CisternYard Media, and when not at school, can be found in Charlotte, NC with family. If that’s not interesting enough, Sean has also received a black belt in Taekwondo, eats (probably too much) chipotle, and has owned a hedgehog.

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