Underwood’s Game-Winner Caps Epic Comeback as CofC Downs Chattanooga, 66-64

The Cougs rode a 20-0 second-half run to complete the comeback victory
The Cougs rode a 20-0 second-half run to complete the comeback victory(College of Charleston Basketball)
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 9:42 PM EST
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Charleston, S.C. --  The College of Charleston men’s basketball team went on the road on Saturday and beat previously undefeated and preseason-SoCon favorite Chattanooga, 66-64. Senior Dimitrius Underwood’s game-winning putback with 1.7 seconds left lifted the Cougars to their first road win of the Pat Kelsey era.  

After falling down 46-32 early in the second half, Charleston turned the tide with tenacious defense and hot shooting, ripping off an epic 20-0 run to erase the deficit and surge in front, 50-46. CofC forced 16 Chattanooga turnovers and nabbed eight steals, many coming during the run to seize momentum. 

After taking the lead, Charleston held the Mocs at bay until the 1:29 mark when another bucket from Silvio DeSousa knotted the score at 64-64. DeSousa wound up with a game-high 21 points down low. CofC’s freshman phenom Reyne Smith countered with a baseline floater before a Chattanooga steal and score set up the final possession with 12.9 seconds left and the score tied at 66-66. 

That’s when senior John Meeks’ tough drive rattled around the rim and off, and Underwood hustled to tip it back in and seal the win for Charleston. Charleston improves to 4-2, snapping a two-game skid while Chattanooga suffered its first loss of the campaign and dropped to 5-1.

Smith led four Cougars in double figures with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Underwood and Meeks added 12 points apiece. CofC erupted for 43 second-half points and outpaced the Mocs 38-26 in points in the paint.

Charleston was fueled by its depth, as the Cougars poured in 20 bench points to Chattanooga’s 11. 

Key Cougars

  • Sophomore point guard Fah’mir Ali came off the bench to score 10 key points and dish three assists. He’s tallied at least three dimes in five of CofC’s six games.
  • Freshman Reyne Smith was stellar yet again, scoring 18 points and going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. He’s averaging 17.3 PPG over his last three games.
  • Senior John Meeks was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, but still managed to chip in 12 points, hitting tough shot after tough shot during Charleston’s second-half spurt.
  • Senior Dimitrius Underwood scored the game-winner and finished with 12 points, three boards, three assists and three steals. He has 11 combined steals over the last three games.

Game Notes

  • CofC improved to 7-1 in its last eight meetings with Chattanooga.
  • Charleston has now won eight times on the road at Chattanooga in series history,
  • Charleston is now 33-23 on the road since 2016-17.

Up Next

The Cougars return home for the first of two matchups with Tulane in a 7-day span. Charleston and the Green Wave tip off at TD Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will air on FloSports.