HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – College of Charleston’s Grant Riller recorded a team-high 27 points in a 76-63 road loss to preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Hofstra on Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
The Pride (19-7, 10-3 CAA) won their fifth-straight game in league play to remain in first place in the CAA race behind a game-high 28 points from Eli Pemberton. Jalen Ray (14), Desure Buie (13) and Isaac Kante (11) were also in double figures in the scoring column.
It was a key game for the Cougars (15-11, 9-5 CAA), who are now tied for third with William & Mary. Delaware moved into the second spot with an 81-75 victory over Elon.
Hofstra led the entire ballgame and outrebounded Charleston, 34-22. The Pride split the regular-season series with the Cougars after dropping a close 69-67 decision on Jan. 18 at TD Arena.
The Cougars will have a quick turnaround as they continue their three-game CAA road swing at Northeastern (12-13, 6-7 CAA) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon (ET) in Boston, Mass.
• College of Charleston started Zep Jasper, Grant Riller, Brevin Galloway, Jaylen McManus and Osinachi Smart (5-6). It marked the 11th career start for Smart.
• College of Charleston split the regular-season series with Hofstra. The series is now tied at 7-7.
• Grant Riller led the Cougars with a team-high 27 points at Hofstra. It marked his 15th 20-point outing this season and 47th of his career. He extended his double-digit scoring streak to 54-consecutive games and has now tabulated 2,371 career points to date.
• Brevin Galloway made a career-high six of the team’s 11 steals against the Pride.
• Brenden Tucker came off the bench and poured in a career-high nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field including one made 3-pointer at Hofstra. He also brought down two rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.
College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant
On the loss …
“I thought that early in the game we had too many miscues. We turned it over and fed their (Hofstra) offense by giving them some transition baskets. That was our No. 1 key – to keep them out of transition. This team is too good to come on their home court and turn it over. We did just that for the first five-to-six minutes. It took us a while to really find a way to start competing at the level we needed to compete at, to win a game like this.”
On missed opportunities to finish out plays inside …