Just two days after downing the CAA’s leading team in William & Mary, the College of Charleston dropped a 59-45 decision to Drexel University on Saturday night at TD Arena.
On Thursday, the Cougars shot 54 percent from the field against William & Mary, including eight three-point shots. Charleston turned in a polar opposite performance on Saturday night, shooting a tough 29 percent from the floor and did not record their 10th field goal until 7:38 in the second half.
Drexel entered the game on a four-game winning streak behind the brilliance of the fifth best scorer in the country, Damion Lee, who averages over 21 points per game. Charleston held Lee in check with just 12 points, but the Dragons got a big game from Tavon Allen, who scored 18 points and added five assists.
Much like their shooting percentage, the Cougars’ leading scorer, Canyon Barry, finished with just four points on 2-11 shooting. Barry had 19 in the big win over William & Mary.
The Dragons recorded 13 assists, while Charleston had just three helpers on the night.
As a team, the Cougars played relatively good defense and kept the Dragons off the free throw line. Drexel shot just nine free throws, compared to 18 attempts for Charleston.
Anthony Stitt led the Cougars with 15 points and Joe Chealey scored 11. Outside of Stitt and Chealey, no player scored more than five points.
“I thought we had a lot of opportunities to score,” head coach Earl Grant said. “I told the guys that I can’t fault their efforts, we did have 16 offensive rebounds. We are a good three point shooting team, it just wasn’t our night since we went 0-11.”
Charleston will head up Highway 17 to Wilmington to face the Seahawks on Wednesday night. The Cougars return home next Sunday for a nationally televised matchup with Towson at 12:30 p.m.