Coming off a loss to their rivals (more on this later) Davidson, the College of Charleston 10-7, 3-2 (SoCon) Cougars won in McAlister Field House against the 5-11, 2-3 (SoCon) last night, 74 to 62.
Trailing by as much as 10-points in the first half, the Bulldogs fought the Cougs in the paint to tie the game at 29 all at the half. Demetrius Nelson put up 16-points on 8 of 16 attempts for the Bulldogs, but the powerful offensive display by the Cougars silenced the Dog-Pound and the McAlister Maniacs.
The Cougars opened the 2nd half with a fireworks display by Draper's 3 consecutive (unanswered) 3-pointers, starting a 13-2 run to give the Cougs a 42-31 lead. The Citadel staged a comeback putting 8-points on the board and making things respectable, but the Cougs went on another run, 10-3, making the score 52-42.
The Cougs hit 11 of 24 from behind the arc, compared to the Bulldog's paltry display of 4 of 16 from 3-point land. Charleston scored 45-points in the second half compared to the 33-points produced by the Bulldogs.
From the Den:
Dontaye Draper led the Cougs with 25-points and 8 assists, followed by Marcus Hammond's (7-13) 21-points. David Lawrence scored 15-points in his 35-minutes of play, Josh Jackson had but 4-points in the paint. Tony White Jr. made a couple of turnovers, but put 6 on the board for the Cougs. The College's big man, Jermaine Johnson went 0 for 3 from the field, missing his usual lay-up attempts, but he did put one on the board from the charity stripe. The Citadel had a chance to make the scoreboard look respectable when Coach Cremins played the "human-victory cigar" David Baller and the sophomore Javon Purris for the final minute of the game.Did I make Craig watch the paltry excuse for a basketball team, as heart-breaking as it was until the bitter end of the game? You are damn right I did-he was pulling for Florida Monday night.