Cougars Beat Tribe To Claim Sole Possession Of First Place In CAA

Cougars Beat Tribe To Claim Sole Possession Of First Place In CAA
Brandon Galloway scored 23 points to lead College of Charleston to a win over William & Mary (Source: CofC Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three players scored in double figures including a career-high 23 points from Brevin Galloway to lead College of Charleston to a 68-50 statement victory over William & Mary on Thursday night at TD Arena.

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The Cougars (15-9, 9-3 CAA) claimed sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a key CAA win over the Tribe (16-9, 8-4 CAA), who beat Charleston in both teams' prior meeting in Williamsburg.

Joining Galloway in double figures was Sam Miller with 13 and Grant Riller with 10.

Charleston has now won three-straight games in conference play, while the Tribe has lost their last two.

The Cougars led 35-28 at halftime and relinquished the lead only twice in the second half of play. Defensively, they held W&M to a season-low 50 points.

Big man Nathan Knight turned in a double-double performance for William & Mary with a game-high 28 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.

The Cougars will celebrate the College of Charleston’s 250th Anniversary and don throwback uniforms against former Southern Conference rival Elon (8-17, 4-8 CAA) on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. Tickets for the #CofC250 game can be purchased by calling (843) 953-COFC or going online at: www.CofCSports.com/tickets

POSTGAME NOTES

• For the 14th-straight game including 12 in conference play, College of Charleston started Zep Jasper, Grant Riller, Brevin Galloway, Jaylen McManus and Sam Miller (10-4).

• With the win, College of Charleston split the regular-season series with William & Mary. However, the Tribe still owns a 9-7 in the all-time series with the Cougars. They are now 6-1 lifetime when playing W&M at TD Arena.

• Brevin Galloway registered a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field including four 3-pointers to lead Charleston to the win over the Tribe. He also added four steals, two assists and a career-best two blocked shots. It marked his fourth-straight contest in double figures and his 16th double-figure scoring game of the season.

• Sam Miller turned in back-to-back games in double figures with 13 points against William & Mary. He drained three of the team’s nine 3-pointers in the game.

• Grant Riller extended his double-digit scoring streak to 52-consecutive games with 10 points, three assists and five rebounds versus the Tribe. He has now tabulated 2,318 career points to date.

• The Cougar defense held William & Mary to an opponent season-low 50 points. It was also the Tribe’s lowest scoring output of the season next to 50 points at Stanford on Nov. 21.

• CofC also scored 34 of its 68 points in the paint.

POSTGAME QUOTES

College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant

On the game …

“We had an unbelievable crowd tonight that gave us a lot of energy. I really thought our guys played hard on defense. They did a good job of following the game plan. We played with great energy and spirit. I’m glad we were able to win a game for the crowd. Very balanced offensively with multiple guys helping us out. It was nice to see us really defend at a high level, and hopefully, we can build on it.”

On holding William & Mary to 50 points …

“When you make them miss, you have to go get the rebound. We made them miss a lot. In the first half, they shot 28 percent, so that’s a lot of misses. The next key is when you make them miss, go get the rebound. We had a hard time with that tonight. The big guy (Nathan Knight) had all of the rebounds and he would rebound his own miss. We a lot of hands in there trying to dig it out. The other rebounds were long rebounds on three-point shots. Sometimes you can’t worry about the long rebounds. Fifty points. We will take it.”

College of Charleston Senior Guard Grant Riller

On Brevin Galloway’s career-high 23 points …

“He came out and did what everyone knows he is capable of doing. Hitting shots, defending and getting to the basket. It was a big game and we needed it from him – and he delivered.”

College of Charleston Junior Guard Brevin Galloway

On finding his shot in the second half of the season …

“I’m having a lot of fun. Earlier in the year, I was putting a lot of pressure and stress on myself to preform, to help (Grant) out and help the team. I felt like I just changed my mindset. I’m having more fun and being a little bit more childish, which is my personality out on the court.”