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Tigers fall to Charleston in CAA semis, 67-59

A late run by the host College of Charleston on Sunday handed the Towson Tigers men’s basketball team a 67-59 loss in the semifinals of the CAA tournament. The Cougars used a 10-point run in just over a minute span to gain an 11-point lead with only 40 seconds remaining in the game.

Overall, the Tigers poor offense efficiency prevented them from every putting College of Charleston away in the game and red-hot shooting by the Cougars, especially late in the game fueled their comeback. Towson’s defense struggled to stop the hot-shooting Cougars, which made 48.8-percent of their shots in the game and shot 43.8-percent from 3-point range.

Joe Chealey had a remarkable game for Charleston as he scored 29 points on 7-for-14 shooting with three made 3-pointers and 12 made free throws. Meanwhile, his teammates Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley scored 12 and 10 points, respectively and the trio combined for 16 rebounds.

Towson did have the overall advantage on the glass, but not by the large margin they normally do. The Tigers only out-rebounded Charleston 35-32 but were actually outscored in the paint 28-26.

Arnaud William Adala Moto led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds while Eddie Keith II provided a nice spark off the bench and finished with 14 points on 6-or-7 shooting from the floor and a 2-for-3 effort from distance. However, the rest of the team really struggled shooting and scoring. After Adala Moto, Towson’s four other started went an abysmal 4-for-25. After Keith, the other four reserves went only 4-for-12.

Towson was held scoreless for the first five minutes of the game and without a field goal for the first eight minutes. Their early defense did keep them in the contest despite that offensive futility and after a Zane Martin jumper the Tigers trailed by only one point at 5-4 with 11:59 remaining in the first half and fought ahead by as many as five points at 26-21 at the break on a layup by Keith with only two seconds remaining in the first half.

Towson was still able to stay in control for must of the second half but just couldn’t put the Cougars away.

Chealey nailed two 3-pointers to see the Cougars from down by five points to up by one with 6:01 remaining in the game. Then after another few minutes of exchanges, Riller and Cameron Johnson hit back-to-back triples to give Charleston a 61-54 lead with 72 seconds remaining. Johnson stole the ball to end Towson’s ensuing possession and scored a fast-break layup before Brantley made two free throws to give the hosts an 11-point lead at 65-54 with just 40 seconds remaining in the game.

Keith was able to hit a pair of shots down the stretch, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Tigers’ hopes to win the CAA and make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament were crushed.

With a third 20-win season in four years, Towson will still have hope to make one of the other consolation postseason tournament. Last year they participated in the inaugural Vegas 16.

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