Charleston Southern put four players in double figures and captured its fourth consecutive victory with a 75-64 thumping of Presbyterian in Big South Conference action on Saturday night in Clinton.
CSU won its third conference road game of the season to improve to 14-7 overall and 8-3 in Big South play.
Freshman point guard Saah Nimley, CSU's leading scorer this season, led the charge again with a 16-point scoring effort. Senior Kelvin Martin and junior Mathiang Muo scored 14 points each while freshman Arlon Harper added 13.
Charleston Southern shot 49 percent from the field, including a 9-for-20 effort from beyond the arc. The Buccaneers also shined at the free-throw line, making 18 of 21 attempts.
The win was CSU's first-ever at Presbyterian.
"This is a really big win for us because of the respect that we have for the Presbyterian College program and their seniors," said CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh. "It was a very competitive basketball game. I was so impressed by our team's intensity and just sheer will to win in the second half. It was one of our best efforts of the season in terms of execution, intensity and fight."
CSU started slowly, falling behind, 7-0, before running off a 15-2 spurt, sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Harper and Sheldon Strickland.
The Blue Hose (8-13, 2-9) rallied back in the final stages of the first half to claim a 28-26 halftime advantage.
Charleston Southern posted 49 points in the second half as Nimley created opportunities for himself and others with countless drives to the basket.
"Saah really was incredible in that second half," said Radebaugh. "His leadership was unbelievable and his intensity was off the charts. He's a freshman, but tonight he didn't play anything like a freshman."
After falling behind, 37-30, CSU used a 13-3 run to take a three-point lead and PC tied the game at 43. The score remained close for the next several minutes before the Buccaneers slowly opened up the margin.
Muo's 3-pointer with 3:01 to play gave the Bucs a 67-58 lead, and PC would get no closer than six points down the stretch.
Charleston Southern continues its toughest road swing of the conference season, playing at Campbell on Thursday and at Coastal Carolina on Saturday. CSU currently sits in third place in the Big South Standings, a game behind second-place Coastal and two games behind league-leading UNC Asheville.