CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern ends their four-game road swing Saturday at Presbyterian vying for a 2-2 trip after opening the stretch with a 78-75 win at USC Upstate.
CSU has led at the break in all three contests of the trip as well as a lead at some point during the fourth quarter.
Saturday marks the third time CSU faces a first-year head coach in 2018-19 going 1-1 in their previous three matchups - a win at Longwood and loss at Gardner-Webb.
The Bucs enter Saturday having dropped back-to-back contests while Presbyterian tries to end a four-game skid. The Blue Hose began conference play 2-2 but have lost four-straight games by 10-or-fewer.
The Blue Hose rely heavily on the deep ball as they connect on a Big South-best .355 average from downtown.
Last Time Out
- Ke'Asia Jackson scored a season-high 25 points Tuesday night, but 29 from Gardner-Webb freshman Jhessyka Williams and 49 second-half points paced the Runnin' Bulldogs past the Charleston Southern women's basketball team.
- CSU was led by Jackson's fourth 20-point effort of the campaign while senior guard Breannah Bretches added 12. Gardner-Webb saw a 29-point night from their freshman guard Williams to counter Jackson's efforts.
- Both teams shot the ball well converting on at least 49% of their field goals, but it was the turnover battle that made the difference in the end. CSU converted 13 Gardner-Webb turnovers into 12 points, but 19 Buccaneer turnovers were turned into 27 Runnin' Bulldog points on the other end.
- CSU exploded for a 28-point second quarter thanks to 13 from Ke'Asia Jackson to take a lead into the break for the third-consecutive contest, but 49 points over the final 20 minutes, including 27 in the final stanza, propelled Gardner-Webb ahead.
Scouting the Blue Hose
- Presbyterian is led offensively by three players in double figures, headlined by preseason All-Conference guard Kacie Hall's 14.7 points per contest.
- Hall sits seventh among Big South scorers, fourth in assists and is second with a .787 free throw percentage. Both Shamani Stafford and Salina Virola are among the top-20 in scoring at 10.3 and 10.1 points per contest Virola also averages 7.9 rebounds a game, fifth-most in the conference.
- Presbyterian relies on the three-ball as nearly 1/3 of their scoring has come from beyond the arc this season. The Blue Hose are shooting .355 from deep and .374 overall and knocked down a tied the program record for treys in a single contest with 16 against Longwood earlier this season.
- Of Presbyterian's six losses in conference play, five have come by single digits including a one-possession loss at Winthrop Jan. 26.
A Win on Saturday Would
- Give CSU a 2-2 record on their road swing with bookend victories.
- Be the third road win of the season for CSU with all three conference wins coming away from the Buc Dome.
- Bring the Bucs to 2-1 against first-year head coaches this season after defeating Longwood and falling to Gardner-Webb.
- Give the Bucs back-to-back wins in the Templeton Center after taking down Presbyterian 64-61 last season.