CHARLESTON, S.C. – Fresh off an impressive comeback win over Abilene Christian, Charleston Southern returns home to play Toccoa Falls on Saturday. Tipoff at the Buc Dome is scheduled for 7:30 p.m and it is a School Night event. All Charleston-area K-12 students, and their family, gain free admission.
CSU evened its record at 2-2 by erasing a 17-point second half deficit to down Abilene Christian, 66-65, on Tuesday. The Bucs will now try to build momentum against a Toccoa Falls squad that competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Following the contest, CSU will hit the road again to wrap up its November slate at Alabama next Tuesday.
CSU played Toccoa Falls in 2008, 2009 and 2010, posting wins of 29, 50 and 77 points over the Screaming Eagles.
Revisiting a memorable comeback
CSU capped its pre-Thanksgiving schedule in style, overcoming a 52-35 deficit on the road over the final 12:35 against a solid Abilene Christian team that entered play 2-0. The young Bucs showed resolve and moxie in bouncing back from a tough loss to USC Upstate and a sluggish first half.
Armel Potter hit the game-winning jump shot from the top of the key to provide the difference. Potter scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, including 18 over the final 11:16 of the contest.
CSU jumpstarted its comeback by staging a 13-0 run over just 2:08 of game time, narrowing a 15-point deficit to two in the process. Christian Keeling opened the spurt with a jumper and added a free throw before being fouled hard by Abilene's Isaiah Tripp. Potter then knocked down a triple, and he and Jamar Martin made layups to cut the gap to five. Keeling recorded an old-fashioned three-point play, giving the Bucs more energy and setting up the closing sequence.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh continues to be encouraged by what he's seen from his group day-to-day, and was pleased to see them get a road win to show for their preparation.
"It was so much fun to see our team that happy," Radebaugh said. "This team has worked really hard. We're still trying to find ourselves. That speaks volumes of our potential. We are not there yet, we're not even close, but we have a lot of potential to be a good basketball team and we anticipate at some point in time this season, we're going to be a good team."
Keeling living up to hype
Christian Keeling was named 2015-16 Georgia Basketball Player of the Year by the Augusta Chronicle and has showed that form through four college games. Keeling leads the Bucs in scoring at 17.5 PPG, and is doing it while shooting 58 percent from the floor. He has also demonstrated his knack for the ball by pulling down 6.5 rebounds per game, second-most on the team. Keeling notched 15 of his 20 points after halftime to help propel CSU past Abilene.