CHARLESTON – Four College of Charleston players – Grant Riller, Jarrell Brantley, Zep Jasper and Isaih Moore – combined to score 74 points for the Cougars in an 85-73 victory over Presbyterian in the men’s basketball opener for both teams.
Riller led College of Charleston with 27 points, and Brantley grabbed 14 rebounds.
Down by 10 midway through the second half, the Blue Hose rallied to cut the lead to just one, but the Cougars responded with back-to-back threes to quell the comeback. Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with 21 points, just four shy of his career-high.
Two three-pointers by Lewis in the opening three and a half minutes gave PC an early 12-4 lead, but it was C of C, with a 12-4 run over the next five minutes, that tied the score 16-16 with 10:43 to go in the half. The Cougars led 36-30 at the half.
A Romeo Crouch three-pointer with 16:38 left in the second half made it a two-point game, 41-39, but Charleston took its first double-digit lead at 12:58 off an Isaih Moore three-pointer. The Blue Hose never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Rebounds played a factor in C of C’s win, with the Cougars holding a 48-30 advantage, including a 22-8 mark on the offensive end, resulting in a 25-13 margin in second-chance points. PC shot 43 percent from the field, with Charleston finishing with 41 percent. The Blue Hose hit seven three-pointers, compared to six for C of C.
PC was a perfect 14-14 from the free-throw line, with the Cougars hitting 21 of 26. Charleston finished with eight turnovers to PC’s 11.