CHARLESTON, S.C. - The William and Mary men’s basketball team saw its four-game road-winning streak come to an end at the College of Charleston, 87-54, on Wednesday night at TD Arena. Playing its third game in five days, the Tribe could not overcome the sizzling shooting of the Cougars, who shot better than 64 percent from the field. W&M fell to 16-10 overall and remain in third place in the CAA standings at 8-5, while CofC evened its record at 14-14, including a 6-7 CAA ledger.
Senior Tim Rusthoven and freshman Omar Prewitt led the Tribe in scoring with 13 points apiece. Prewitt also led the Green and Gold with three assists and three steals, while making 6-of-11 from the field. Sophomore Sean Sheldon equaled his career-high with nine points on 3-of-3 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw line, and junior Marcus Thornton finished with nine points and three steals.
The Tribe jumped on top early as Rusthoven scored the opening bucket of the game. The Cougars ripped off eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to take an 8-2 lead three and a half minute into the contest. Back-to-back Prewitt dishes to Sheldon for lay-ups cut the margin to 8-6 just over a minute later. CofC responded with a 9-0 run as an Anthony Stitt 3-pointer pushed the Cougar lead to 17-6 at the 11:48 mark.
The Green and Gold closed to within four points with a 7-0 run. Senior guard Brandon Britt started the spurt with a steal and fast-break lay-up, before Thornton scored five straight points to cut the deficit to 21-17 with 6:34 left in the half.
CofC closed the opening 20 minutes on a 15-3 run to take a 16-point cushion into the locker room. Willis Hall and Canyon Barry combined for 13 points on the run, including back-to-back 3-pointers to end the half, to push the Charleston lead to 36-20.
After a Rusthoven jump hook to start the second half, the Cougars scored seven straight points to extend the margin to 21 points. W&M could get no closer than 20 points the rest of the way as CofC sunk the Tribe behind 80.8 percent (21-of-26) shooting in the final 20 minutes.
The Tribe finished the night shooting 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the floor, including a 52.4 percent (11-of-21) clip in the second half. The Green and Gold was a season-low 2-of-16 from 3-point range and added a 14-of-21 effort (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.
Charleston shot a season-high 64.2 percent (34-of-53) from the field, including 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from 3-point range. The 14 3-pointers were also a season-high for the Cougars. Hall led CofC with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Barry added 17 points off the bench and Nori Johnson chipped in 16.
The Tribe returns to action when it hosts Northeastern on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. from Kaplan Arena, and W&M will celebrate Senior Day prior to the game. The Green and Gold will honor its six-member class of Julian Boatner, Brandon Britt, Kyle Gaillard, Fred Heldring, Tim Rusthoven and Ben Whitlatch.
The contest will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. Fans with a Tribe Athletics TV subscription in non-blacked out areas will be able to watch the game in the normal capacity on TribeAthletics.com, and CAA.TV will have the broadcast, but it will be subject to blackout as well.
Tribe fans can also listen in over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio network and the audio feed can be heard over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.