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CSU evens record at 4-4 with easy win over Johnson & Wales, 100-53

By David Shelton Special to The Post and CourierDecember 11, 2016

With a tough schedule filling out the rest of December, the Charleston Southern men’s basketball team gained a shot of confidence on Saturday night, cruising past visiting Johnson & Wales University of Charlotte, 100-53, at the CSU Field House.

Sophomore guard Armel Potter led all scorers with 21 points, while dishing out seven assists. Senior guard Patrick Wallace and junior forward Jamar Martin each added 12 points while junior Cortez Mitchell scored 10 points. Wallace connected on four 3-pointers as CSU made 12 of 29 shots from beyond the arc.

CSU (4-4) out-rebounded the Wildcats, 42-22, including a 14-3 edge on the offensive glass. CSU had not played since an overtime loss to Abilene Christian last Saturday and finished up semester exams on Thursday.

“It was good to be back on the court. It’s been a really tough week for our players,” coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “Our week was much different than our typical exam period. Our guys burned a lot of midnight oil. It was a tough week on them because we feel such an urgency to improve. There’s a lot of talent on this team but we feel an urgency to improve, particularly on the defensive end. We’re not where we need to be defensively. We came into this game physically tired so I congratulate my team for putting in a good, solid effort.”

CSU now faces road games at VMI, Georgia and Virginia Tech over the next 10 days before opening Big South play on December 29th against league favorite Winthrop.

“We have tough games coming up and they come consecutively,” Radebaugh said. “We will take them one game at a time. We’re just trying to improve today. One of the things this team has done is we have maybe looked too far ahead. Today is enough. With veteran teams, maybe approach it differently but with a young team, we really have to focus on today. We know we have a tough stretch coming up. We will try to get better tomorrow and we will try to go to VMI on Tuesday and play well.”

The Buccaneers, who shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field, got it going offensively early on, connecting on consecutive three-pointers by Wallace and Potter to open a 6-0 lead just 90 seconds into the game.

The Wildcats were within six at 16-10 with 15 minutes to play but CSU went on 20-6 run over the next nine minutes to take command at 36-16 with under seven minutes to play in the first half.

CSU held a 51-22 edge at halftime, shooting 62.5 percent.

The lead never went below 28 points in the second-half as Radebaugh emptied his bench and spread the minutes. In all, 14 players saw action and 13 reached the scoring column. Ten players played at least 10 minutes. CSU’s bench contributed 41 points.

“It was fun tonight,” Potter said. “We have a lot of energy on this team and the bench was in it from the start. It was good to be out there again.”

The Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, falling to 2-6 on the season. Majerle Poole led the Wildcats with 15 points.

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