Lobos Outlast Bucs in Las Vegas ClassicDecember 19, 2006
By David Shelton, Special to the Post and Courier
Albuquerque, N.M. - Charleston Southern continued its West coast adventure with a game at New Mexico on Tuesday night and fell 76-69.
Charleston Southern falls to 5-6 on the season and plays two games in Las Vegas this weekend. New Mexico improved to 8-2 with the win.
Charleston Southern junior guard Chris Moore led the Buccaneers with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior point guard Donnell Covington dished out a career-high 12 assists, adding 15 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Dwayne Jackson scored 15 points for the Buccaneers, who shot 46 percent from the field and hit 11 of 27 3-point attempts.
New Mexico connected on 12-of-30 3-point attempts and was led in scoring by J.R. Giddens with 18 points. Tony Dandridge added 13 points for the Lobos, who won their third straight contest. New Mexico out rebounded CSU by 13 in the second half and pulled down 11 offensive rebounds in the second half.
"We played better defensively in the second half, but we did a poor job on the boards," said Charleston Southern head coach Barclay Radebaugh.
"We haven't yet put together 40 solid minutes in all phases of the game. When we do it for 40 minutes, we're going to be a good basketball team. I like this team's fight and attitude. We only had 11 turnovers, on the road, against a very good basketball team. Our kids are having some fun but they have kept a business-like approach. We're getting better each time we play."
CSU never led in the first half and trailed by as many as 11 before entering the half, 43-33. The Lobos shot 63 percent from the field and connected on seven 3-pointers in the first half.
The Buccaneers scored seven of the first 11 points to open the second half, cutting the lead to 47-40 on Shelton Carter's 3-pointer with 15:30 to play in the game.
Moore connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to 50-46 with 14:10 to play, but the Lobos responded with a 12-5 run over the next five minutes to open up a 62-51 lead with 9:35 remaining in the game.
Charleston Southern cut the lead back to 10 with under seven minutes remaining, but New Mexico opened up a 70-56 lead with 3:30 left.
Charleston Southern fell to 0-6 on the road this season, and plays Longwood on Friday in Las Vegas.Related Item: Box Score