CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston Southern shot 53 percent and placed four players in double figures to control the game throughout and defeat High Point, 83-74, Thursday at the Buc Dome.
CSU (9-13, 4-7 Big South) took the lead for good on a Travis McConico three-pointer with 7:31 left in the first half and answered every High Point (10-12, 5-6 Big South) surge to avenge a 21-point road loss to the Panthers on Jan. 6. McConico posted a career-high 18 points, while Christian Keeling pumped in 23 to pace a balanced effort that saw the Bucs match a season high (against Division I competition) with 16 assists.
CSU put the game away with a 15-6 run after High Point pulled within three points courtesy of a 7-0 spurt. Deontaye Buskey started the decisive sequence with a layup and Sean Price capped it with a triple form the corner to stake CSU to a 70-58 advantage at the 3:48 mark. The Panthers came no closer than seven the rest of the way as CSU collected its second consecutive win.
"I give a lot of credit to our guys," CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said afterward. "We know High Point's a very talented team with a lot of offensive firepower and they got us pretty good there so we were excited about to the opportunity to see if we could improve. We still a have a lot to work on but we're getting to the point where we're seeing some improvement."