CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern plays host to Southern Wesleyan University Friday at 7 p.m. in an exhibition fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Admission is free, and all donations will go directly to Samaritan's Purse, a non-denominational Christian International Relief Organization.
Samaritan's Purse is partnering with local churches to assist those affected by hurricanes in Texas, South Florida and Puerto Rico, so all donations will go toward rebuilding communities in those areas.
"We want to do what we can to help," CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. "It's been great to see people come together to help others in need, and we really look forward to our community turning out to support Samaritan's Purse and the great work that they are doing."
On the basketball front, the contest will give CSU a chance to evaluate its squad heading into a challenging opening weekend of regular season play. The Bucs will head to Davidson next Friday, Nov. 10, before meeting N.C. State in Raleigh two days later.
Led by returning starters Javis Howard, Christian Keeling and Cortez Mitchell, CSU is bidding to return to contention in the Big South Conference. Radebaugh has been encouraged by the attitude showcased by a club that features eight first-year players.
"We've been real excited about the enthusiasm and chemistry that this team has had," Radebaugh said. "There's an undeniable chemistry out there, an undeniable competitiveness and just a joy for playing. They're having a good time playing the game and making a real effort to be coachable. It's been impressive and fun to see this fall."
Southern Wesleyan is a Division II program in Central, S.C. The only previous meeting between the Bucs and Warriors came in December 2005.