ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Jarrell Brantley scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-8 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and Grant Riller added 19 points to help College of Charleston beat Siena 83-58 on Tuesday night at Times Union Center.
Brantley, a senior who came in averaging 20.2 points per game, moved past Tony White Jr. and Marion Busby into ninth on the program’s career list with 1,519 points. Brevin Galloway made 6-of-8 from the field and finished with 14 points for the Cougars (10-2), who have won seven in a row.
Riller hit a 3-pointer, Galloway made a layup and Zep Jasper added another 3 to make it 22-17 and Charleston led the rest of the way.
The Cougars took a five-point lead into the break and Brantley scored the first seven points in a 9-0 run that extended the lead to 49-32 when Jaylen McManus made a layup with 12:36 to go.
Siena trailed by double figures thereon. Evan Fisher led the Saints (4-7) with 18 points.
Charleston shot a season-high 61.5 percent (32 of 52) from the field, including 10-of-17 from 3-point range.
The Cougars will return home to close out non-conference play with Coastal Carolina (6-5) on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. Tickets can be purchased by calling (843) 953-COFC or online at: www.CofCSports.com/tickets
• For the 12th-consecutive game, College of Charleston went with the starting lineup of Zep Jasper, Grant Riller, Brevin Galloway, Jarrell Brantley and Nick Harris (10-2).
• With the win, College of Charleston remains an undefeated 2-0 in the all-time series with Siena.
• Jarrell Brantley recorded a game-high 23 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field, 5-for-5 shooting from long range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line at Siena. It marked his fifth 20-point game of the season and third straight. He extended his double-digit scoring streak to 12 games. Brantley moved into the Top 10 on the all-time career scoring list surpassing CofC greats in Tony White, Jr. (1,499 points) and Marion Busby (1,504 points). He currently ranks ninth all-time with 1,519 career points to date.
• Grant Riller extended his double-digit scoring streak to seven-straight games with 19 points at Siena.
• Brevin Galloway turned in his sixth double-figure scoring game this season with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting at Siena. He and Grant Riller led all scorers at halftime with 12 points each respectively.
• Junior forward Jaylen McManus came off the bench with Brantley in foul trouble in the first half and brought down a career-high eight rebounds in 22 minutes of action at Siena. It marked the third time of his career to lead the team in rebounding in a game.
• Junior forward Sam Miller scored his first points at CofC with a three-pointer in the second half at Siena.
• The CofC defense held Siena to the third-lowest points made by an opponent this season (58) behind 51 versus UAB and 55 against Rhode Island.
• The Cougars shot a season-high 61.5 percent from the field and season-best 58.8 percent from the long range at Siena. They also made the second-most three-pointers in a single game this season with 10 including a career-high five from Jarrell Brantley.
College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant
On the game …
“The VCU game took a lot out of all of us. There was a lot of energy put into that game. Leaving and going straight to Siena and battling the cold weather. It was a really good performance by our guys. We executed the game plan. We did what we wanted to do and I was just happy that we were able to get the win.”
On the team’s defense against the Saints …
“We knew that they (Siena) could make threes, so every time the ball went up, they took a three. We did talk about the fact that they shoot 30 attempts a game from three and make nine threes a game, but nine times three is 27 and it’s not enough. If they make them, don’t overreact. Just make sure you don’t give up layups out of the ball screen rolls. Just continue to contest the threes. We knew we needed to defend well on this road trip to have a chance to win. We did that, but we also had some good offense as well.”
College of Charleston Junior Guard Grant Riller
On adjusting from his earlier point guard role to his current shooting guard role …
“I’ve started to feel a little better with my jump shot. I kind of struggled with that earlier in the year. That’s starting to open up things for me offensively. Just coming out aggressive, but still making the right play.”
On being a more complete team …