CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern forced 23 turnovers and limited Southern Wesleyan to 35 percent shooting to record an 80-53 exhibition victory at the Buc Dome on Friday. Admission to the game was free, with the donations of all in attendance going directly toward Samaritan's Purse's effort to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
CSU jumped out to a 25-6 lead, displaying active defense en route to holding SWU to just three baskets over the game's first 15:51. Travis McConico sparked the Bucs' offense with four first half three-pointers, including a four-point play, to help build a 40-17 halftime advantage. The Warriors trimmed their deficit to 62-50 on Javon Hunter's three at the 4:54 mark but CSU answered with an 11-0 spurt to pull away.
How It Happened
- CSU started four underclassmen, including three true freshmen in Deontaye Buskey, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. and Sean Price.
- Following Justice McCullough's jumper with 16:06 remaining in the first half, CSU held SWU scoreless for 7:46. The Warriors made just 23 percent (6-26) of their attempts in the opening stanza, and were harassed into 12 turnovers.
- McConico paced the Bucs with 20 points and six rebounds.
- Jamaal David, a redshirt freshman, notched 14 points and showed good aggression by getting to the free-throw line ten times, converting nine.
- Jones and Buskey rounded out the Bucs' double-figure scorers with ten points apiece.
- Hunter paced SWU with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. McCullough chipped in ten points.
CSU opens the season next Friday, Nov. 10 at Davidson. A challenging two-game road swing will continue two days later against North Carolina State.