Cougars hold off Western Carolina, 57-56

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Jarrell Brantley and James Bourne stepped up with key blocked shots in the final seconds to preserve College of Charleston’s 57-56 victory over Western Carolina on Friday at TD Arena.

Brantley scored a career-high 17 points and blocked a 3-point try by Deriece Parks with five seconds left. Western Carolina grabbed the rebound but when Torrion Brummit, who led the Catamounts (2-3) with 18 points, tried a turnaround jumper, Bourne blocked it as time expired. It was Bourne’s only block of the game. Brantley had three.

It was the first meeting between the two teams since Charleston (3-2) left the Southern Conference for the Colonial Athletic Association after the 2012-13 season.

Canyon Barry scored 13 points and Marquise Pointer added 12 for Charleston. Pointer hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes to pull the Cougars back into contention and made the second of two free throws for the lead with 11 seconds left.

The Cougars snapped a two-game skid going into a much-anticipated home game with No. 22-ranked LSU and projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Ben Simmons on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena.

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