Charleston Southern snapped a three-game losing streak with a much-needed 101-69 victory over Barber-Scotia College on Saturday afternoon at the CSU Field House.
Charleston Southern (2-5) came into the game in a team-wide shooting slump, but had good success against the smaller Sabers (1-7), shooting 58.6 percent from the field for the game. The Bucs also made 26 of 35 free throws and outrebounded the Sabers, 39-29.
Sophomore guard Arlon Harper led all scorers with 23 points, while fellow sophomore guard Saah Nimley added 16. Junior Joe Williams scored a career-high 15 points off the bench for the Bucs and sophomore Paul Gombwer added 12 points with seven rebounds.
“We got some good looks tonight,” CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “We really worked hard offensively. We were much more patient and we shared the ball with 19 assists. I’m still looking for us to find that edge and killer instinct. We didn’t show one tonight like I wanted.”
CSU struggled a bit early, managing only six points in the first six minutes but caught fire over the next five minutes, opening up a 19-5 lead with 11:14 to play in the first half.
The lead grew to 49-29 by halftime.
Midway through the second half, the Sabers made their only solid run of the game, trimming the margin to 15 at 75-60 with 8:32 remaining. CSU, however, answered with an 18-4 run to take a 93-64 lead with 4:30 left.
Damian McLendon paced Barber-Scotia with 15 points.
CSU turns its focus to Tuesday night when it hosts The Citadel.
“It’s another city rivalry game for us,” Radebaugh added. “We have a lot of respect for The Citadel. They’re a much improved team. They’re big. They’re long and they execute their system very well. It will be a battle. We need our fans out for it. We need the same atmosphere we had against College of Charleston and hopefully we’ll come out and play very well.”