Saturday, April 20, 2024

Tribe Battles in Setback at CAA Leader Charleston

(Tribe Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Playing on the road Monday night, William & Mary held CAA-leader Charleston 18 points below its league-leading scoring average and battled its way to a half-time lead. The Cougars started the second half strong and used the offensive glass to its advantage in the final 20 minutes to edge the Green and Gold, 65-57.

Defensively, W&M (8-19, 3-11 CAA) limited the CAA’s top scoring team to its lowest output in league play and held it to just 32.7% shooting, also its lowest in CAA play. Charleston though pulled down all 11 of its offensive rebounds in the second half and turned them into 16 second-chance points.

Box Score

Sophomore Trey Moss led all scorers with 16 points, including 14 in the second half, on 6-of-10 shooting. Junior Gabe Dorsey finished with 13 points, while sophomore Chase Lowe added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

For Charleston (20-7, 11-3 CAA), Reyne Smith and Frankie Policelli finished with 15 points apiece. Kobe Rogers had 12 points and Ante Brzovic tallied nine points and 12 rebounds.

Charleston hit three of first four shots and led 7-2 after Smith 3-pointer just over two minutes into the game.

The Green and Gold took the lead in the opening 20 minutes behind a 10-0 run. Gabe Dorsey knocked down a pair of triples during the run – the first giving W&M its first lead at 11-9 and the second to extend the advantage to seven at the 9:24 mark.

The Tribe cushion reached eight on a wing 3-pointer from Sean Houpt with six minutes remaining in the first half.

The Cougars answered with an 8-0 run to pull even on a pair of Kobe Rogers free throws with 49 seconds left in the half. Both Policelli and Ben Burnham hit 3-pointers during the run.

Tai Hamilton, who finished with four points and six rebounds, knocked down a free throw with 4.4 seconds left to send W&M to the locker room with a lead, 26-25.

Charleston opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take the lead for good. Policelli knocked down a 3-pointer to put the home team on top, 35-28, and force a W&M timeout less than two and a half minutes into the second half.

CofC pushed its advantage to double figures, 43-33, for the first time on a Jordan Crawford 3-pointer at the 11:55 mark. Moss answered with a right-wing 3-pointers to cut the deficit to seven.

The Tribe closed within a single possession behind a 10-3 run. Moss scored four during the stretch, before a pair of Gabe Dorsey free throws at the 4:32 mark closed the gap to 50-47.

Charleston answered with five in a row on a Rogers lay-up and Policelli 3 to extend the lead back to 55-47. The latter came off an offensive rebound and forced a Tribe timeout with 3:41 left.

Up Next
The Tribe returns home to take on UNCW on Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on FloHoops.

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