Smith Leads CofC with Season High 24 Pts, Cougars Face Tulane Again on the Road
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Charleston, S.C. — The College of Charleston men’s basketball team dropped a wild contest on the road at Furman on Friday night, falling in overtime, 91-88. The Cougars drop to 5-3 on the season and snap a two-game win streak.
CofC led for 31:53 of game clock behind a season-high 51 percent shooting as a team. The Cougars pushed ahead by as many as 15 with 12:33 remaining, but Furman used 39 free throw attempts, including 22 in the second half and overtime to steadily slice into its deficit.
With CofC clinging to a 78-72 lead with 24 seconds left, Furman nailed a triple, then got possession back via a Cougar turnover. The Paladins banked in a three with 1.2 seconds left to send the game into an extra period. Both teams traded blows in overtime, but Furman’s Jalen Slawson got enough key buckets to go down the stretch to lift the Paladins to a 3-point victory. Slawson finished with 33 points, going 13-of-18 from the foul line.
Reyne Smith poured in a career-high 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Charleston made 10 triples as a team. Senior Dimitrius Underwood added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Cougars outrebounded Furman, 40-35, and outpaced the Paladins in bench points, 25-5, but Furman forced 23 Charleston turnovers and shot 22 more free throws.
The Cougars take on Tulane for the second time in seven days. Charleston heads to New Orleans for another battle with the Green Wave after downing Tulane, 81-77, on Nov. 30 at TD Arena. Tip off in NOLA is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+
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