College of Charleston Men’s Basketball: CAA Regular Season Champs

Today’s date is February 23rd, and the College of Charleston men’s basketball team has still not lost a game at home this season.

In fact, they won’t have the opportunity to lose another one until next fall.

The College completed the perfect home season last night, as the seniors of the team were sent off on the best possible note for Senior Night.

The game was not a pretty one early on, as both teams struggled to put points on the board.

That being said, the Cougars were the first to find a rhythm. The score of this game sat at just 14-5 almost 9 minutes into the game.

Despite their initial shooting woes, Elon rallied back swiftly with an 8-2 run to bring the score to 16-10 with 9:00 to go in the period.

Although both squads shot poorly from the field, the Cougars remained on top thanks to their 3-pointers.

The team made 10 shots in total in the first half, seven of which were from three-point land.

Thanks to the Cougars’ success from deep, they held a 29-18 lead at halftime.

The squad came out fired up for the final half of their home season, scoring 50 of their 79 total points in that time.

Grant Riller, the CAA’s back to back player of the week, was back to his normal efficient scoring ways as the game drew to a close. After going 2-8 for 7 points in the first, he finished with 30 points on 10-19 shooting overall.

Senior marksman Joe Chealey also came out for the second half a different player than he was in the first. He ended up with 22 points and a team-high 7 rebounds to round out his incredible career at TD Arena.

As the second half went on, the game transitioned from a competitive outing into a blowout to honor this senior class and their dominance.

The long-range dominance continued for the College, who finished with a season-high 17 three-pointers on 46% shooting from behind the arc.

Elon was the last team to defeat the College, prior to their now 11-game winning streak.

Throttling a squad as talented as Elon at this point in the season is a fantastic sign for the Cougars, who have now secured the #1 seed in the CAA tournament.

This game may have been the team’s final “formal” home game of the season, but Cougar fans will have yet another chance to watch their squad show out.

The CAA tournament starts on March 3rd, right in our backyard at the North Charleston Coliseum.

It’s only fitting that the most dominant team in the conference hosts the tournament, and the guys will certainly be looking to silence their doubters come time for the postseason.


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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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