Cullowhee, N.C. – Grant Riller scored a game-high 28 points as College of Charleston spoiled the home debut for new Western Carolina head coach Mark Prosser with a 77-74 win on Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.
College of Charleston improves to 2-0 while Western Carolina drops to 0-2.
Riller scored 28 points followed by Brevin Galloway with 17 points and Jarrell Brantley with 14 points. Brantley just missed a double-double as he pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.
Carlos Dotson led WCU with a career-high 21 points and was joined in double figures by Matt Halvorsen with 13 points and Onno Steger with 10 points. Dotson led the Catamounts with eight rebounds while Halvorsen dished out a team-best four assists.
The Catamounts opened the game on a 5-0 run before Brantley made the first of two free throw attempts to bring the Cougars within one, 6-5. Halvorsen’s layup at the 14:13 mark gave the hosts an 11-5 lead before a pair of Brantley free throws tied the game at 14 with just under nine minutes left in the first half. College of Charleston went on an 8-0 run to lead 22-14 with 7:12 left only to have the Catamounts answer with a 9-0 run, claiming a 23-22 lead thanks to a D.J. Myers layup with 3:31 remaining. The Cougars led 32-28 at halftime.
Western Carolina reclaimed the lead 39-37 on a Halvorsen 3-pointer with 16:43 remaining in regulation. WCU led by between two and six points until a Steger 3-pointer with 9:52 left gave the Catamounts a 61-52 lead, their largest of the game. College of Charleston answered with a 13-0 run, taking a 65-61 lead on Jaylen Richard’s layup at the 6:46 mark. The Cougars led 73-66 with 3:47 to go before a Gibson 3-pointer brought the Catamounts within three, 77-74 with 1:28 remaining. Halvorsen attempted the game-tying 3-point with less than five seconds left but the shot was blocked by Brantley to end the game.
The Catamounts travel to SMU on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET as part of campus site games in the Cancun Challenge.