Anthony Stitt, playing for the first time since Jan. 12, didn't score a field goal until 2 1/2 minutes were left, but his only basket of the game was a big-time 3-pointer to pull the College of Charleston back ahead of Georgia Southern and helped key a 58-53 win over the Eagles Thursday at TD Arena.
The Cougars improved to 18-11 and 9-8 in the Southern Conference and snapped a six-game winning streak by Georgia Southern. The Eagles fell to 14-13, 12-5.
Trent Wiedeman led Charleston with 18 points and have five rebounds. Senior Antwaine Wiggins and junior Andrew Lawrence each scored 10 points. Charleston hit four of six free throws in the final 20 seconds
The Cougars played almost perfect basketball during the opening minutes. Charleston jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Georgia Southern scored its first basket, a dunk by Eric Ferguson. Charleston continued to pound the Eagles and led 25-8 with just under eight minutes left.
But Georgia Southern's relentless pressure began to take its toll. The Eagles went on a 6-0 run to cut Charleston's lead to single digits with 2:14 left and closed the gap to 30-23 by the half.
Charleston struggled early in the second half, scoring only two points in the first six minutes and Georgia Southern whittled the Cougars lead to one point, 32-31.
Bobby Cremins, who has been on a medical leave of absence since Jan. 27, made an appearance as the Cougars honored Wiggins, their lone senior.
See Friday's Post and Courier for more.