CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern's last second attempt was blocked as High Point escaped with a 75-74 win over the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon at the Buccaneer Field House.
High Point held a 75-72 lead when Shelby Wilbanks' layup cut the margin to one with 38 seconds remaining. Following a missed Panthers' jumper, Shauntavia Dobson grabbed a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court only to have a layup attempt blocked by Camryn Brown with less than a second remaining.
CSU falls to 7-12, 2-6 following the defeat, while High Point improves to 13-6, 7-1 with the win. Njeri Nelms led five Bucs in double-figures with 18 points, while Weknyne Dumorne had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Emma Bockrath led the Panthers' scoring efforts in the contest with a game-high 25 points.
The Panthers stormed out to an early 12-0 lead and seemed to have control of the game. CSU responded with a 13-3 run as Rachel Burns' two free throws with one second to go cut High Point's lead to 15-13.
Charleston Southern continued the rally in the second quarter as Wilbanks' layup capped a 13-0 run to put the Bucs ahead 26-15 with 6:08 left in the period. The Panthers answered with a 10-0 run of their own to trim the lead to 26-25 on two Jiselle Thomas free throws. The Bucs used solid defense to hold High Point to only three points over the final four minutes of the quarter as CSU held a 34-28 halftime advantage.
A back-and-forth second half saw the teams trade baskets until Shea Morgan's jumper put the Panthers ahead 45-40. High Point led 53-44 when the Bucs went on a mini 8-0 run to cut the lead to 53-52 on a Njeri Nelms layup with 28 seconds to go in the period. The Panthers led 55-52 at the end of the third frame.
High Point seemed to be breaking away in the final stanza as Bockrath's layup gave the Panthers a 62-56 lead. CSU responded with hot shooting as Ke'Asia Jackson's jumper narrowed the margin to 66-63 with 3:58 to go. The Bucs grabbed their first lead since midway through the third quarter on Nelms' jumper to go ahead 70-68. Bockrath, who connected on 5-of-6 three point attempts, drilled a trey to give High Point a 74-70 lead with 1:46 remaining in the contest. CSU was unable to pull closer than one in the final minute as the Panthers held on to secure the win.
Inside the Numbers
- CSU shot a solid 55.2% (32-of-58) from the floor to record its best field goal percentage of the season.
- Rachel Burns had a well-rounded performance with ten points, eight rebounds and five assists.
- Shelby Wilbanks scored 12 points to notch her second straight game in double-figures.
- High Point took advantage of 24 Buccaneer turnovers as the Panthers scored 36 points off takeaways compared to CSU's 16 points off turnovers.
- CSU won the battle down low as the Bucs outscored the Panthers 46-26 in the paint.
- Billed as a three-point shooting contest, the Panthers emerged victorious, shooting 50.0% (8-of-16) from behind the arc, while CSU shot only 33.3% (3-of-9) from three-point range.
- The Bucs held a 39-30 rebounding advantage.
News and Notes
- Charleston Southern has dropped three straight and six of its last seven Big South contests.
- CSU falls to 6-5 at the Buc Dome.
- The Bucs had five players score in double-figures for the first time since a 94-56 win over Southern Wesleyan on December 15, 2017.
- CSU currently sits in eighth place in the Big South standings with a 2-6 conference record.
Charleston Southern hits the road for a game at Presbyterian on Tuesday at 7 p.m.