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Buccaneers come up short in double overtime road thriller at Winthrop



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Adam Pickett converted a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds left in the second overtime to help lead host Winthrop over Charleston Southern, 80-78, on Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum.

Christian Keeling drilled the tying three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to tie the game up for the 15th time on Saturday. The junior guard’s moon shot from behind the arc led immediately to a Winthrop timeout.

On the ensuing possession, Pickett drove the lane and was granted the foul leading to the game-winning free throw attempts from the line. CSU (13-14, 7-7 Big South) was unable to get off a shot on its final possession as the Bucs’ pass ahead was intercepted by Bjorn Broman in the win.

Dontrell Shuler sent the game into overtime with a jumper with 19 seconds left at the end of regulation to knot the contest up for the 13th time on Saturday. Pickett sent the game into the second overtime with a jumper in the paint with five seconds left in the first overtime period.

Christian Keeling picked up his third consecutive double-double as the junior guard scored 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Phlandrous Fleming added his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bucs, while Ty Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Pickett paced the Eagles (18-10, 10-5 Big South) with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Eagles completed the season sweep over the Bucs. Broman added 15 points and four three-pointers, while Josh Ferguson added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Coach’s Comments
“The last few weeks has been really impressive for us and every goal is still out there on the table. What an effort for us to come in here and play with such effort and courage in a really tough environment. I’m really thankful for the heart and the toughness of that group out there on the court. It really speaks to their character. We had terrific execution late and really proud of our effort. Sad we didn’t win, but really a lot that we can take away from this game.” – Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh

Up Next
Charleston Southern closes out the home portion of the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, February 27, as the Buccaneers welcome UNC Asheville to the Buccaneer Field House for Senior Day. CSU will recognize senior Travis McConico in a pregame ceremony prior to tipoff against the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.

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