CHARLESTON, S.C. – The host College of Charleston Cougars started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back as the hosts used 10 three-pointers to hand visiting the Morehead State men’s basketball team a 72-57 defeat at the TD Center Tuesday morning in part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
The Eagles fall to 0-2, while the Cougars, who avenged a 20-point loss to MSU last year, improve to 2-0.
C of C hit eight of its 10 treys in the first half as it built as much as a 22-point lead. MSU was able to trim the Cougars’ lead to 10 early in the second half, but the hosts managed to pull away again and led by double digits the remainder of the game.
“Our lack of physicality really hurt us again,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall. “I think we did a good job in the second half of making them miss some shots, but again we got out-rebounded, so we have to find a way to get more physical and rebound the ball better. They would miss but we gave them too many second chances and too many open looks from outside.”
The Eagles were out-rebounded 37-29 and hit only 33 percent (18-of-54) from the floor. The Cougars hit 52 percent (27-of-52) from the field and moved the ball well, accounting for 19 assists.
Senior guard Terrance Hill led the Eagles with 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Jordan Percell scored the Eagles’ first four points and finished with a career-high eight. MSU turned the ball over just 12 times and forced 17 Cougar miscues, but the hosts outscored the Eagles 30-18 from beyond the arc.
Jordan Scott hit five triples and led C of C with 22 points. Antwaine Wiggins tallied 17 points, and Trent Weideman reached double figures in rebounds for the second straight game with 12.
Scott, Wiggins and Andrew Lawrence each drained three-balls in the first two minutes as the Cougars opened the game up 9-0. They went on to lead 18-5 as MSU didn’t hit a field goal until a Lamont Austin three-pointer at the 13:07 mark of the first half made it 18-8. The Eagles trailed 37-25 at the half.
In the final half, Drew Kelly’s layup with 18:32 left pulled the Eagles to within 37-27, but the Cougars ran away again as they built their advantage out to 52-35. C of C eventually led 70-50, their largest lead of the second half, late in the contest.
MSU’s bench outscored the Cougar bench 25-9.
Morehead State returns home Thursday to host Asbury University in a 7 p.m. contest at Johnson Arena.