CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern welcomes Trinity Baptist to the Buc Dome on Monday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
CSU (2-2) comes off a 1-1 week. The Bucs downed South Carolina State 89-72 on Tuesday before a late comeback bid came up just short in Friday's 76-73 loss at Middle Tennessee. Trinity Baptist (3-3), an NCCAA program out of Jacksonville, Fla., has lost three consecutive games since a 3-0 start.
The Bucs and Eagles have met on two prior occasions, with CSU winning by 49 points in 2009 and by 47 in 2013.
Keeling's huge second half helps CSU challenge MT
Christian Keeling scored 29 second half points, including 18 over the final 8:59, to nearly dig CSU out of a 21-point hole. Keeling matched a career high with 33 points despite being limited to 12 first half minutes by foul trouble. It was the junior's third career 30-point game. In the process, Keeling passed Chris Moore (2004-08) for 19th place on CSU's career scoring list. Keeling has 1,122 points in 63 career games, and is now 54 away from tying Dave Kirk (1970-74) for 18th place. He stands only 181 from entering the top ten.
Crashing the glass
CSU delivered its best rebounding performance of the young season against the Blue Raiders, recording a 43-36 advantage on the glass. The Bucs were very active on the offensive side, grabbing 18 offensive boards. Freshman Timmy Sellers led the way with four in only 18 minutes. Ty Jones had three and Deontaye Buskey and Dontrell Shuler collected two each.
CSU will play Coppin State of the MEAC this Friday in a neutral site game at Wofford College. That will be the first meeting between the two programs. Next Tuesday, the Bucs will be in Milwaukee to take on Marquette. The Golden Eagles were ranked No. 24 in last week's AP Top 25.