HIGH POINT, N.C – The Charleston Southern men's basketball team led for the majority of Saturday's game, but High Point pulled out a 77-75 victory at the Millis Center. The Panthers shot 58.6 percent from the field in the second half, and the Buccaneers were unable to find the winning shot in the final minute.
CSU's record stands at 12-11, 6-5 in Big South play, while High Point improves to 7-13, 4-7 in conference competition.
The Buccaneers shot 41.7 percent from the field for the game, while High Point connected on 50 percent of its field goals. The Panthers held a 36-30 advantage on the boards, and outscored CSU 32-22 in the paint. CSU shot 17-for-20 from the foul line, compared with 15-for-23 for High Point.
Jamarco Warren led five Buccaneers in double-figures with 19 points, adding six assists. Sheldon Strickland scored 13 points while sinking three three-pointers. Johathan Brooks registered 12 points, six rebounds and five steals. Kelvin Martin and Kenny Mitchell chipped in with 11 markers apiece.
Nick Barbour led all scorers with 28 points, including 21 in the second half. Du'Vaughn Maxwell posted 13 points, while Shay Shine tallied 10 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
The Buccaneers built a quick 7-0 lead, with four out of the five starters entering the scoring column in the first 2:05 of play. Barbour sank a layup for High Point's first score at 17:30. Mitchell drained a jumper for a 9-2 advantage with 16:30 left in the first half and Jeremy Sexton continued the early surge with a layup to build the lead to 11 at 13-2.
Following a three-point play by Maxwell, Strickland connected on three three-point shots during a 9-2 run to give CSU a 22-7 advantage with 11:15 showing on the first half clock. Sexton added a triple for a 25-8 edge at 10:40.
The Panthers inched closer with a 13-3 surge over the next five and a half minutes. High Point received points from five players while drawing to within seven at 28-21 with 5:26 to go.
Warren sank two straight baskets, helping CSU maintain its seven-point advantage at 32-25. A Matt Kennedy triple with three minutes left earned the Bucs a 35-25 edge. The teams traded baskets, and High Point trailed by seven, 37-30, after a three-pointer by Jairus Simms. A pair of CSU free throws set the halftime score at 39-30.
Strickland led all first-half scorers with 13 points, hitting three triples. Maxwell paced High Point with nine points. The Bucs scored 19 points off of 13 High Point turnovers during the first half.
High Point opened the second half by sinking four three-pointers during a 14-6 run which drew the Panthers to within one, 45-44. Barbour hit three of the four triples, and added a jumper for 11 of the first 14 Panther points in the second half. Martin deposited two baskets on the inside and CSU led by five, 49-44 with 15 minutes left in the contest.
Warren capped a 7-0 rally with a three-pointer from the wing for a 52-44 advantage at 13:40. The Panthers responded with a 15-7 skein over the ensuing five minutes to tie the score at 59-59, capped by a pair of Shay Shine free throws. Warren then put CSU back in the lead, 62-59 with a deep trifecta.
The home team took its first lead of the game at 67-66 courtesy of a tip-in by Law with 6:34 to go. Law added another basket, and Maxwell provided HPU with a five-point lead with a layup at 5:32. The Bucs fought back to take a 73-71 lead, with Warren dropping in a jumper to cap a 7-0 CSU burst. Tehran Cox propelled High Point back on top, 74-73, with a bank shot at the two-minute mark.
Martin recorded a steal at the center point, and Warren hit a jumper for a 75-74 Buccaneer edge with one minute left. Barbour then scored a layup with 32.6 left, giving HPU the lead, 76-75. CSU misfired on two shot attempts, and were forced to foul. Shine hit one free throw, and the Bucs faced a full court to go with six seconds on the clock. A Warren three-point attempt rattled out, and High Point held on for a 77-75 victory.
The Buccaneers return home to the CSU Field House for the next two games, starting with a matchup against VMI Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. High Point plays host to Presbyterian College Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30.