Charleston wins big over visiting Elon

Joe Chealey added 16 points in the Cougars' 77-63 win over Elon on Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

Joe Chealey added 16 points in the Cougars’ 77-63 win over Elon on Wednesday night.
(Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

The College of Charleston wishes they could play Elon some more.

With a 77-63 win on Wednesday night at TD Arena, the Cougars swept the season series from the Phoenix, their former Southern Conference foe who is in their first season in the CAA. Charleston won the first matchup at Elon by 16 in January.

Canyon Barry led the Cougars with 22 points in a game that Charleston controlled for most of the evening.

With the game tied at nine a piece with 14 minutes remaining in the first half, Cameron Johnson drilled a jumper that gave the Cougars the lead for good.

Elon hung close in the first half thanks to six three-pointers from Tanner Sampson. Charleston led by five at halftime.

The second half was all Charleston, as the Cougars pushed their lead to double figures with 16 minutes remaining. Charleston led by as many as 19 in the second half.

Elon made one last run, closing the gap to eight with just over five minutes to play, but back-to-back buckets by Adjehi Baru and Barry sealed the game for Charleston.

“After losing so many close games, I give so much credit to the players for showing so much character,” head coach Earl Grant said. “It was maturity from our guys. Instead of taking a tough shot, stopping and skipping the ball across for your teammate. Our guys were taking open, rhythm shots.”

Joe Chealey added 16 points and nine rebounds for Charleston.

The Cougars will embark on their final road trip of the season, as they travel up to James Madison on Saturday followed by a stop at Hofstra next Wednesday.

Senior day at TD Arena will be next Saturday, Feb. 28 when Charleston takes on Northeastern in the regular season finale.

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