Charleston Southern shot 65.5 percent from the field and held Johnson & Wales below 33 percent shooting to roll to a 102-58 win Thursday at the Buc Dome.
CSU (5-6) opened up a double-digit lead by the 11:43 mark of the first half, led by 32 points at halftime and as many as 47 in the second half. The Bucs will now take a four-day break for Christmas before returning to practice in preparation for the December 30 Big South Conference opener against Longwood.
“It feels good to win and finish the semester on a positive note,” CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “I’m really interested to see how can develop the second half of the season. We’re obviously a work in a progress and probably a win or two away from where we hoped to be but right now it’s most important that we see improvement.”
“We’re playing so many young guys so many big minutes so we need to see continued improvement,” Radebaugh continued. “We’ve seen progress and we’ll come back ready to make some more as we get ready for 18 big ones in Big South play.”
How It Happened
Nine different Bucs scored during the first half to help CSU take a 57-25 lead into halftime. JWU (2-8) made just 28 percent (7-of-25) of its first half shots and struggled against CSU’s perimeter pressure.
Two Cortez Mitchell free throws gave CSU its first double-digit advantage, 17-6, with 11:43 left in the opening half.
CSU capped the half with a 7-0 spurt to take a 57-25 cushion into intermission. Ty Jones recorded a three-point play and hit two free throws before Christian Keeling hit a tough running shot just in front of the buzzer.
In the second half, the Bucs created more distance with an 11-2 run to account for an 86-46 edge with 7:40 remaining. Jamaal David drained a three-pointer and Keeling drained two in a row to highlight the sequence.
Jones made two free throw to get CSU to the century mark with 1:57 left.
Inside the Numbers
Keeling paced five Bucs in double-figures scoring with 18 points. Ty Jones chipped in a career-high 14. Travis McConico added 12, while David and Mitchell posted 10 each.
Alcyone Moore led Johnson & Wales with a season-high 17 points. He connected on 5-of-7 tries from beyond the arc.
CSU dominated the glass, recording a 47-18 rebounding advantage. CSU also controlled the paint, posting a 46-12 edge in points in the paint.
Twelve of the 14 CSU players who saw action reached the scoring column.
CSU’s 65.5 percent field goal mark and 11 made threes both marked season highs. The Bucs went 11-of-20 from downtown, marking the fourth straight game they shot over 40 percent from three.
CSU opens Big South play next Saturday, Dec. 30 against Longwood. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is slated for 5:30 p.m.