College of Charleston ruins Chants’ hoops home debut

ccuhoops-5driveElijah Wilson scored a game-high 16 points and Jaylen Shaw added 11, but it was not enough as Coastal Carolina fell to College of Charleston 71-64 in its home opener at the HTC Center on Monday night.

It was a game that saw Charleston (2-0) jump out early and the Chants could never get over the hump despite closing the game to one possession several times. CCU cut the lead to three at 67-64 with 29 seconds left, but Charleston hit four straight free throws to push the lead out to the final seven-point win.

Coastal (0-2) shot 44.4 percent from the field and Charleston shot 43, but it was at the free throw line where the game hinged.  Charleston shot 23 free throws and hit 21 while CCU only hit eight of their 14 attempts.

Charleston was led in scoring by Jarrell Brantley with 15 points and Joe Chealey added 14 and Marquise Pointer added 10.

CCU will not get a long break as it will host Coppin State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Photo by Johnny Gasque/CCU Athletics

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