The Cougars can now declare proudly that their home win streak now sits at a whopping 20 games. This feat came to fruition this past Saturday when the UNCC 49ers thought they could come into TD Arena and leave with a win under their belts.
Contrary to that belief, the College had other plans, plans they kept in mind throughout the entirety of this back and forth matchup.
These two clubs are of roughly the same caliber, as they are led by high-volume scoring guards in Grant Riller and Jon Davis. The difference maker in this game was the play of the Cougars’ other star, Jarrell Brantley. Brantley, along with team-wide contribution helped snatch this critical victory as the CAA stretch of the season approaches.
The first half of the game was just about as back-and-forth as one could be. The first half score sat at 31-30, with the Cougars narrowly edging out the Niners for the lead.
Jon Davis led the way for the away team, with 11 points on 4-8 shooting. Riller, on the other side of the floor, dropped 15 in the first half on 5-8 shooting (5-5 FT).
For the opening half, the Cougars were able to set themselves apart by attacking with contact time and time again. The Cougars shot a total of eight free throws in this half, while the Niners failed to reach the charity stripe even once.
3-point shooting was also a disparity in this half, as the Cougars only sank two, both of which came thanks to Brevin Galloway. The Niners nailed six triples in this time, going 6-11 from deep on the half.
The second half was where the home team was able to truly build their game-clinching separation. Jarrell Brantley came alive this half, scoring 15 of his 17 total points, going 7-10 for the half. After hearing the yelling from UNCC’s fan section while flexing after a layup, Brantley seemed to find the spark he was searching for in the first half.
The senior forward’s domination, coupled with Riller continuing to find the foul line (9-10 in the half) was enough to stretch this home streak for yet another game.
Brevin Galloway found the back of the net from deep twice more this half, bringing him up to 4 threes on the game.
Another key to victory in this half was on the defensive end, where the Cougar defense held star guard Jon Davis to a mere 2-8 shooting clip.
As they look to continue building on the momentum of this current 4-game win streak, Charleston will face Georgia College in the final game of this home stretch on Sunday, December 9.