BY GENE SAPAKOFF

gsapakoff@postandcourier.com

The good news for College of Charleston ticket sellers is that the Cougars currently lead the College Basketball Invitational in attendance.

But while a TD Arena crowd of 1,713 was tops among three CBI games, the Cougars’ home draw for a 78-77 loss to George Mason was 13th among the 18 NCAA Division I postseason college basketball games played Tuesday night. Along with the CBI, there were also nine NIT games and six CollegeBasketballInsider.com Tournament games.

The College of Charleston finished first in the Southern Conference in home attendance this season, averaging 3,823 per game.

The Cougars in a 2011 NIT win over Dayton played before a crowd a crowd of 4,717 at TD Arena.

Attendance figures for the 18 postseason games Tuesday night:

Rank, Matchup, Tournament, Attendance

1. Washington at BYU (NIT), 7,511

2. Norfolk St. at Virginia (NIT), 4,790

3. Niagra at Maryland (NIT), 4,053

4. Kentucky at Robert Morris (NIT), 3,444

5. St. John’s at St. Joseph’s (NIT), 3,148

6. Oakland at Youngstown St. (CIT), 3,056

7. Louisiana Tech at Florida St. (NIT), 2,989

8. Northeastern at Alabama (NIT), 2,889

9. Eastern Kentucky at Gardner-Webb (CIT), 2,650

10. Tennessee St. at Evansville (CIT), 2,324

11. Ohio at Denver (NIT), 2,094

12. Savannah St. at East Carolina (CIT), 2,053

13. George Mason at College of Charleston (CBI), 1,713

14. Lehigh at Wyoming (CBI), 1,528

15. Stephen F. Austin at Stanford (NIT), 1,050

16. Vermont at Santa Clara (CBI), 1,011

17. Boston at Loyola (Maryland) (CIT), 984

18. Rider at Hartford (CIT), 871

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