Elon Escapes Charleston With 65-64 Decision


CHARLESTON, SC Jan. 16, 2015 – Four players scored in double figures, but Elon was able to escape College of Charleston with a 65-64 decision in the final seconds of regulation on Saturday night at TD Arena.

Courtesy: CofCSports.com

Courtesy: CofCSports.com

Dainan Swoope’s three-pointer with 20 seconds left rallied the Phoenix (12-7, 3-3 CAA) to the road victory over its former Southern Conference rival. Both teams joined the Colonial Athletic Association in July of 2013 and 2014 respectively.

 

Back-to-back three-pointers by sophomores Evan Bailey (Canton, Ohio) and Cameron Johnson (Athens, Ga.) gave the Cougars (10-7, 2-4 CAA) a three-point edge, 64-61, with 30 seconds left on the game clock.

 

Elon’s Christian Hairston and Johnson exchanged baskets in the final minute and Hairston made a free throw, before Swoope’s game-winning shot – one of his four threes on the night. Tyler Seibring led all scorers with 18 points.

 

Defensively, CofC held the Phoenix to its second-lowest scoring output of the season (64) behind 55 points at Syracuse on Nov. 21. The Cougars led 50-38 with 13:24 left, before Elon jetted off on a 20-5 run.

 

Johnson scored a team-high 16 points followed by freshman Jarrell Brantley (Columbia, S.C.) with 15 points and team-high seven rebounds. Bailey and freshman Marquise Pointer (Jonesboro, Ark.) added 12 apiece.

 

CofC will next travel to Towson (13-6, 4-2 CAA) for a Thursday, Jan. 21 matchup at 6 p.m. (ET) in Towson, Md. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet.

 

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POSTGAME NOTES

  • For the fourth-straight game, College of Charleston had only eight scholarship players on its active roster and started freshman Marquise Pointer, sophomore Cameron Johnson, junior Payton Hulsey, freshman Jarrell Brantley and freshman Nick Harris (1-3).
  • Elon claimed only its sixth all-time win in the series with former Southern Conference rival Charleston. It ended a four-game losing streak in the series in which the Cougars still hold a 15-6 advantage.
  • In back-to-back games, Cameron Johnson has led the team in scoring with 16 points against Elon and 19 points versus William & Mary on Jan. 14.
  • Jarrell Brantley reached double figures for the ninth time this season with 15 points and team-high seven rebounds against Elon.
  • Marquise Pointer turned in his ninth double-figure scoring game with 12 points versus Elon.
  • Payton Hulsey dished out a career-and game-high seven assists with just one turnover versus Elon.
  • Sophomore Evan Bailey came off the bench and contributed back-to-back double-figure scoring games with 12 points on 3-for-7 shooting from three-point range against Elon.
  • The Cougars made a season-high seven blocked shots against Elon including a career-high four swats by Nick Harris, Cameron Johnson (2) and Jarrell Brantley (1).
  • The CofC defense held the Phoenix to its second-lowest scoring output of the season (64), and lowest in CAA play, behind 55 points at Syracuse on Nov. 21.

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant

On the game …

“You have to give Elon credit. They made some big threes down the stretch. We need to do a better job of contesting it. We didn’t contest them and they made us pay. It’s too bad we had to lose a game on a free-throw box-out at the end – where they kicked it out and made another three. We didn’t make enough plays to win and we have to be better.”

 

On Canyon Barry missing the remainder of the season …

“Obviously, it changes things and our guys’ situations change. One young guy, who was the fourth-or-fifth option, he’s the second-or-third option now. We had four guys in double figures and we held them (Elon) to 65 points, which is pretty good. At the end of the day, we didn’t take care of our business and lost the game by one.”

 

On overcoming multiple season-ending injuries …

“There are two sides to every coin. The positive side is that some of these guys are getting 37 minutes night-in and night-out. We never would have imagined that they would be playing that much. The positive is, that’s going to help us at some point. The negative is that we have to live with some of the mistake that happen during those minutes. Sometimes those mistakes may cost us in the game.”

 

College of Charleston Freshman Forward Jarrell Brantley

On the game …

“We failed to execute at the end and finish the way we were supposed to. I personally didn’t think we took our foot off the gas. We probably slowed down a little bit in the zone they went in. For the most part, it was taking care of the ball and being more poised at the end of the game to hold onto the win. It will be something we will learn from.”

 

On overcoming multiple season-ending injuries to Canyon Barry, Joe Chealey and Grant Riller …

“One thing that is unique about our team is that we have been taking blows all year. But, every time something happens, we get closer together. We still believe that we are just as tough with them as much as without. They are still with us and make sure we are doing what we are supposed to (on-and-off the court).”

 

College of Charleston Sophomore Guard Cameron Johnson

On the last 10 minutes of the ballgame …

“They (Elon) executed their offense and hit a couple of threes. We gave up an offensive rebound and they hit a three. We didn’t finish the game in the last 10 minutes. We were up and playing man-to-man. But, we have to finish the game. At the end of the day, if we get stops, they don’t set-up their zone and they don’t slow us down. They scored, were able to set-up their zone and scored again. It was detrimental to the team.”