Through the first 20 minutes, there was a feeling that there could be something special in the air at TD Arena. After all, it was senior night for the College of Charleston’s Anthony Stitt, Adjehi Baru and Pat Branin.
But then the second half began.
Northeastern used a 14-2 run to start the second half to pull away from Charleston and take the victory, 65-56.
The Cougars started off slow, falling down 9-2 early on, but clawed their way back into the game and eventually took a five-point lead late in the first half.
Charleston went into the locker room leading by a point, shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor.
Northeastern took control in the second half largely in part thanks to their free throw shooting. The Huskies shot a perfect 13-13 from the line.
Meanwhile, Charleston managed just eight made shots in the second half.
In the final home game for the Charleston seniors, it was the underclassmen that kept the Cougars afloat. Joe Chealey scored 20 points, while Canyon Barry added 14. Stitt was held scoreless and Baru managed just two points.
The good thing about college basketball is that everyone gets a fresh start in the conference tournament. Charleston will face Drexel in the first round of the CAA Tournament on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
While the Cougars dropped both regular season matchups against the Dragons, Charleston did play Drexel close up in Philadelphia, losing in the final seconds when Drexel’s Damion Lee hit a game-winning three. Drexel will be without Lee, a top-ten scorer in the nation, due to an injury, which gives Charleston some immediate hope.
The broadcast of the tournament matchup between the Cougars and Drexel can be found on CAA.tv.