CHARLESTON, S.C. – Joe Chealey scored 15 points and Jarrell Brantley added a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds to lift the College of Charleston to a 60-47 victory over Boise State in the first round of the ESPN Gildan Charleston Classic on Thursday night at TD Arena.
The Cougars (3-0) took control late in the first half with a 25-9 run to grab a 10-point lead at the break.
Boise State (1-1) scored three straight baskets to start the second half. Charleston responded with a 13-4 run to restore its double-digit lead.
The Cougars will play UCF, an 86-61 winner over Mississippi State, on Friday for a spot in Sunday night’s championship final. Boise State will play the Bulldogs, looking to stay out of the seventh-place game in the eight-team tournament.
Chandler Hutchinson had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for Boise State.
The Cougars will look to slow down UCF’s 7-foot-6 center Tacko Falls, who had 26 points against Mississippi State. They will take on the Knights tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU.
CofC is 12-4 all-time against UCF and last met the Knights at the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis (L, 63-74) in 2011 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
· The Cougars are the 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2011-12 (Holy Cross, Morehead State and at Clemson).
· It was a first time meeting between College of Charleston and Boise State. The last time the Cougars defeated a Mountain West Conference opponent was former member TCU (86-75) in the fifth-place game of the 2008 Charleston Classic.
· Jarrell Brantley records his first double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. It marked his sixth career double-double and he is currently on a three-game double-digit scoring streak.
· Once again, the Cougars found their way to the free throw line making 20-of-27 attempts versus Boise State.
· Brantley also perfect from the free throw line this season 11-for-11 including 5-for-5 against Boise State.
· For the third-consecutive game, Joe Chealey led all CofC scorers with a team-high 15 points and went a career-high 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He is currently on a three-game double-digit scoring streak.
· The Cougar defense held Boise State to a season-low 47 points. The Broncos averaged 77.5 points per game in 2015-16.
College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant
On the game …
“It’s great to be in the winner’s bracket. We were really concerned about this game. Boise State – they are a really good offensive team. We watched a lot of film from last year and knew they scored 80-90 points. We knew we needed to stretch our defense out. I was proud of our effort tonight. Every game in this tournament is hard. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. We are very fortunate to advance to the next round.”
College of Charleston Redshirt Junior Guard Joe Chealey
On the winning their first tournament game …
“It’s a big tournament and gives us good experience. We are trying to focus on one game at a time. Boise State is a good team and we knew they would be a tough challenge. But, we rose to the occasion and did what we needed to do. We got stops and held them to 47 points which is pretty good. I’m proud of our guys for that effort on the defensive end tonight.”