Bucs win at Liberty

Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh’s team evened its Big South Conference record to 1-1 with a victory at Liberty. File Photo

LYNCHBURG, VA. — Freshman guard Armel Potter scored 18 points to lead Charleston Southern to a 68-61 victory over Liberty on Saturday.

Charleston Southern (3-5 overall, 1-1 in the Big South) had five players score in double figures, led by Potters. Junior guard Patrick Wallace added 14 points and junior guard Raemond Robinson added 12. Senior Demetrius Pollard scored 10 points for the Buccaneers, who shot 47 percent from the field for the game. The Buccaneers converted on 12 of 28 three-point attempts.

“Any road win in this league is a good win and we’re so excited about the way we bounced back from a tough loss on Wednesday,” said CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh, referring to the Bucs’ last-second, 83-82 home loss to Winthrop. “We played a good portion of the game pretty well overall. We’re definitely still a work in progress but we did enough good things today to get a victory. We’re very thankful for the win.”

The Buccaneers opened the game on fire from the perimeter, particularly Wallace, who connected on four consecutive 3-pointers to help CSU open a 22-9 lead 10 minutes into the game.

The shooting, however, went cold and the Flames heated up. With CSU leading, 28-12, Liberty went on an 18-0 run over a five-minute stretch to take a 30-28 lead. The Buccaneers missed eight of nine attempts from the field until Potter’s three-pointer just before the buzzer gave CSU a 31-30 advantage at the break.

“We are still looking to develop and maintain momentum with our bench, when our starters come out of the game,” Radebaugh said. “We had some lapses in concentration and that is something we have to get better at.”

CSU maintained the lead throughout the second half. Robinson’s 3-pointer with 16:12 to play pushed CSU to a 41-31 lead. Pollard’s jumper with 3:30 remaining gave CSU a 58-47 lead. CSU’s largest lead came with 1:30 to play at 66-53.

CSU will have a week off for semester exams before hosting Rider next Saturday.

“We look forward to finishing up the semester in the classroom and we also look forward to getting some quality practice time in,” Radebaugh said. “We’ve traveled over 1,000 miles already and played five road games. We look forward to having some time to practice and improve.”