CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern forced 34 turnovers and placed six players in double figures to cruise past Trinity Baptist, 98-49, Monday at the Buc Dome.
CSU (3-2) ripped off a 13-0 run in the opening 2:53 and was never challenged, building a 30-point halftime lead that ballooned to as many as 52 in the second half. The Bucs were out of sync at times offensively, though, as Trinity Baptist (3-4) forced 15 first half turnovers while recording 14 steals.
Freshman big man Timmy Sellers sparked CSU with 15 points and five rebounds in the first half, and the Bucs employed a different lineup to good results in the second.
"I thought in the second half, we improved," said CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh. "I didn't think we did that in the first half, and I was a little disappointed with how sloppy we played. We got to play some guys who haven't played as much and we really challenged them to play harder and play better than we did in the first half, and we were able to do that."
How It Happened
- Three-pointers by Travis McConico and Duncan LeXander and a three-point play from Christian Keeling helped CSU build a 13-0 lead by the 17:07 mark.
- The Bucs used an 11-0 spurt later in the opening period to forge a 35-12 lead. LeXander and Dontrell Shuler buried triples to highlight that surge.
- Sellers threw down dunks off alley oop passes from McConico and Nate Louis to help push the margin to 53-23 by intermission.
- A lineup featuring Louis, Jamir Moore and Travis Anderson helped the Bucs push their edge to 73-28 with 12:24 remaining courtesy of a 15-0 run. Louis and LeXander hit threes during that push, while Sadarius Bowser added a pair of inside scores.
Inside the Numbers
- CSU has now forced 84 turnovers in its three victories. The Bucs ranked 17th nationally in forced turnovers per game last year. Sellers, LeXander and Ty Jones tallied two steals apiece.
- Sellers paced the Bucs with 15 points, and added six boards.
- LeXander delivered a terrific all-around effort with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
- Shuler tallied 12 points and has now reached double figures three times in his first five games.
- Marquis Duncanson led Trinity Baptist with 11 points and added four steals. Marcus Dixon also had four steals.
CSU meets Coppin State in a neutral site game on Friday in Spartanburg. Tipoff at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium on the campus of Wofford College is set for 3:30 p.m.