The College of Charleston returned to TD Arena for the first time in over a month to record the program’s ninth win in 10 games, defeating Towson, 62-57.
“For us to come out and beat the team that was picked to finish No. 2 in the CAA was a big accomplishment for us,” said Charleston head coach Earl Grant. “It was a tough and physical game, which we expected. I’m proud we were able to come out on top.”
Towson led the Cougars 30-27 at the halftime intermission, but paced by Joe Chealey’s 22 points and Jarrell Brantley’s ninth career double-double (19 points and 13 rebounds), the Cougars held onto a slim lead through most of the second half. Charleston led 58-57 with 8 seconds to go, when Cameron Johnson hauled in a defensive rebound, and made the ensuing free throws to ice the win.
“We just stuck with it,” Grant said. “We knew coming in that they (Towson) dropped two games in conference play. We knew they would be itching to play again and we would get their best shot. They are a really good team. We knew it would be a dog fight tonight.”
Following road wins over Delaware and Elon to kick off play in the CAA, the victory over Towson moves the Cougars to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season. At 12-4 overall, the College is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season, which began 14-2 through 16 games.
The College ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 59.3 points per game. When limiting opponents to under 60 points, Charleston is now 7-0 on the season.
Charleston will look to continue its winning ways with a match up against Delaware on Saturday (Jan. 7, 4 p.m.) at TD Arena.