The 2018-19 basketball season has come to an end for the College of Charleston’s Men’s Basketball team. The team finish off the season with a 23-8 record, going 12-6 in conference play.
The Cougars had some notable wins this season against NCAA tournament teams such as Rhode Island, Memphis and VCU.
The Cougars also received their first home loss in almost two years. On January 10, 2019, the Drexel Dragons ended the Cougars’ 22-game home streak in a close 78-79 defeat. This loss left fans in shock because of the fact that they haven’t seen their team lose in almost two years. Most of them didn’t know how to feel. The last time College of Charleston lost at home before this was February 23, 2017, against another conference foe, the Northeastern Huskies.
Grant Riller was on a roll this season. He was announced as a member of the preseason all CAA team. Riller averaged career highs in points with 22.3, assist with 4 and rebounds with 3.4. Riller scored a career high 43 points this season in an electrifying game against conference opponent Hofstra. Riller also made two appearances on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays with two ferocious posterizing dunks against Drexel and Northeastern. Riller was named first team All-CAA honers for the 2018-19 season.
Senior Jarrell Brantley left his mark on the College of Charleston this season. Brantley was also named as a member of the preseason All-CAA team at the beginning of the season. Brantley averaged career highs in points with 19.5, rebounds with 8.4 and assist with 2.3. Brantley stepped up and became more of a leader this season along with the other seniors. Brantley also was named to the All-CAA first team for this season.
The freshmen contribution helped the Cougars’ success this year. This season, we finally got the chance to see redshirt freshman, Zep Jasper touch the floor for the Cougars. The freshman guard averaged 5.4 points, 1.2 assist and 2.2 rebounds. Jasper became a defensive nightmare for opponents. He racked in 24 steals for the season. Freshman Jaylen Richard made his prescience felt as he averaged 4.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. These players were able to provide College of Charleston with valuable production coming off the bench.
Through all the challenges the Cougars faced this season, they managed to come in third in their conference. As they look to repeat as CAA champions, the 3rd ranked Cougars will face off against Drexel in the quarter-finals of the CAA Tournament.