The College of Charleston men’s basketball team went on the road to face off against conference foe, Hofstra on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars fell to Hofstra 72-86, continuing their slide in conference play. This is the College’s second loss in a row to conference opponents.
At times, the Cougars struggled to score as they went on stretches where they didn’t score for as long as three minutes. This drought occurred once in each half of the game.
Despite this untypical lack of scoring from across the board, it didn’t stop junior guard, Grant Riller as he led the team with 24 points along with 4 assists.
Senior forward Jarrell Brantley punched in yet another double-double, with a game-high 12 rebounds and 19 points to go along with 5 assists, a block and 2 steals in the game.
Once Hofstra got a lead on the Cougars, they never looked back.
The Pride went up by as much as 16 points at one point of the game. This led to the College trying to play catch-up for most of the game.
There wasn’t much that the College of Charleston could do as far as gameplay goes, as they were just simply outplayed by Hofstra.
Basketball is a make-or-miss sport, and some nights, one team just has the hot hand while the other finds themselves out of rhythm. Hofstra was able to make more of their shots, capitalizing on the chances they were given.
The Pride shot 62% from the field and a highly efficient 47.6% from deep. Eli Pemberton led the team in scoring with a game high 26 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jacquil Taylor led the team in blocks with 3, along with 4 rebounds and 16 points.
Hofstra is currently 1st in the Colonial Athletic Association with a perfect 7-0 conference record and a 17-3 overall record. This win stretched the Tribe’s win streak to 14 for the season, after a win against the defending CAA champions.
Even though the Cougars’ 14-6 overall record is the 2nd best in the Colonial Athletic Association, their conference record doesn’t show for it. College of Charleston is now 3-4 in conference play and is currently 5th in the conference standings.
The next game for the Cougars will be Thursday, January 24 at home. At 7:00 on Thursday, they will be looking to bounce back against Elon, a team currently locked in a three-way tie for worst CAA record at 2-5.