PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS -- The College of Charleston basketball team put on a second-half 3-point shooting clinic Saturday and rolled to an 85-61 victory over Massachusetts in the fifth-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Cougars hit seven 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes, pulling away from a four-point halftime advantage to lead by as many as 28. Charleston hit 12 of 23 shots (52.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Freshman Anthony Stitt came off the bench to hit 5 of 8 long-range shots and also had eight assists and three steals, along with five turnovers.
Stitt and senior Antwaine Wiggins shared scoring honors with 23 points. Junior reserve Matt Sundberg was the only other Cougar in double figures with 12 points. That trio combined for 11 of Charleston's 12 made 3-pointers.
The Minutemen (5-2) outrebounded Charleston, 41-39, but shot a paltry 34.7 percent from the field and hit only 4 of 28 3-pointers. A day earlier in a win over Utah, Massachusetts hit 15 of 30 3-pointers.
It was a big win for the College of Charleston (5-1), which opens conference play at 8 p.m. Thursday at TD Arena against crosstown rival The Citadel.
"I was focused coming into the game," said Stitt, whose cousin Demontez was a star player at Clemson. "I didn't want to go into conference play 1-2 (in Atlantis) because we need a confidence boost. I tried to do anything I could to help my team win, and I was able to do that tonight."
Cougars coach Bobby Cremins praised his entire team, but had special words for Stitt.
"In preseason, we just noticed how much heart he had," Cremins said. "He comes from a good line of family. We needed his ball-handling against the relentless pressure of UMass. We went to the two point guard (Stitt and junior starter Andrew Lawrence) system, and it was fun to watch."
Cremins also had praise for Sundberg, who redshirted last season and played well in the Cougars' wins against UNC Asheville and Massachusetts.
"He can shoot the basketball and he made some big shots for us," Cremins said."
The Post and Courier's Tommy Braswell compiled this report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.