When it comes to knocking off the rust, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team does it in style. The Cougars handled business in their first game, cruising past Benedict College in a 95-43 blowout this past Thursday.
Coming off of a historic 26-8 season, including a 14-0 home record, the squad looked to remain dominant going into their first exhibition action. The journey towards repeating as CAA champs started in the offseason and the guys have been eager to see how their preseason work will translate.
Benedict College may just be an NCAA Division 2 program, but seeing this Charleston team tip off against any competition at this developmental stage helps the coaching staff highlight any deficiencies.
The game was dominated by the Cougars on both sides of the court throughout the evening.
The home team’s defense swarmed at the sight of any Benedict possession. The College held the opponent to just 18.1% shooting on the night.
Only one Benedict player, Ricky Peterson, reached double digits in scoring. Peterson shot just 3-9 for 10 points.
On the offensive end, the College was dominant. As expected, reigning 1st-team CAA member Grant Riller led the way, lighting it up for 23 points on an 8-13 clip.
Reigning two-time 2nd team All-CAA member, Jarrell Brantley, followed up right after. Brantley chipped in 19 points of his own, including a dazzling 14 attempts at the free throw line.
Brantley tallied his first of many double-doubles of the season, by snagging 10 boards.
Thursday also marked the first look at redshirt freshman, Zep Jasper. Jasper, a guard out of Augusta, GA, joined the starting lineup on Thursday night alongside Riller.
The potential guard of the future finished his first collegiate outing with a productive 14 points and 4 assists, including a tidy 4-8 clip from three-point territory.
As a team, the College shot the ball efficiently from all over the floor in their first action since March. The guys went a clean 50% from the floor, 36% from long distance and 80% from the charity stripe.
A near 50-point domination like this sets the table quite nicely for Charleston, whose sights are lasered in on following up the success of 2017-18.
On November 6th, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team will begin that journey, with their home opener against Presbyterian College.