CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern jumped out to a 14-0 lead, led by 50 points at halftime and as many as 74 in the second half to cruise past Toccoa Falls, 107-36, Monday afternoon at the Buc Dome.
CSU (3-2) captured its third straight victory behind a stingy defensive effort that forced 29 turnovers while limiting Toccoa Falls (0-3) to 21 percent shooting. The Bucs shot 71 percent in the first half and quickly took care of business against the overmatched Screaming Eagles. Overall, 15 of CSU's 16 players scored, with five reaching double figures.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh believed the game gave his team more positives to work with heading into Saturday's trip to Illinois State.
"I'm proud of our guys for playing the game the right way," Radebaugh said. "Obviously, we were the superior team so I appreciate them playing the right way. We had 11 assists in the first half and the way we moved the ball and played together was impressive. This team is a special group and I'm really enjoying coaching 'em."
How It Happened
- Seven different Bucs scored during the opening 14-0 flurry. Javis Howard polished off the sequence with a jump hook.
- CSU ran off 15 more points in a row to take a 33-4 advantage at the 10:38 mark. The lead would eventually swell to 45-8 on Howard's layup with 6:03 left.
- Christian Keeling tallied six of CSU's final eight points of the first half to send the halftime margin to 66-16. He highlighted that stretch by grabbing a rebound and going coast to coast for a dunk.
- The Bucs went deep into their bench in the second half, with all 16 players on the roster seeing action. Redshirt junior big man Abdul Sarki gave CSU solid productivity, recording seven points and ten rebounds in 20 minutes. Sarki corralled seven of the Bucs' 17 offensive rebounds.
Inside the Numbers
- CSU recorded a 37-11 advantage in points off turnovers and a 68-16 edge in points in the paint.
- The Bucs' bench outscored the Screaming Eagles' bench, 69-13.
- Twelve CSU players logged double-digit minutes. Five reached double-figures scoring, paced by Travis McConico's 15 points. Keeling and Sean Price each scored 11, while Jamaal David and Ty Jones added 10 apiece. Neither McConico nor Keeling played in the second half.
- CSU swiped 20 steals, led by four from McConico and Phlandrous Fleming Jr. Five others had multiple steals.
- Shane Thompson and Seth Stanley led Toccoa Falls with seven points. The game counted as an exhibition for the Screaming Eagles, who compete in the NCCAA.
CSU jets to Illinois State this Saturday for a 9 p.m. eastern tip. The first-ever matchup between the two programs will be broadcast on ESPN3.