By: CSU Sports Media
Five different players scored in double figures as Charleston Southern topped host USC Upstate on Saturday afternoon at the G.B. Hodge Center, 90-71. The Buccaneers (10-11, 4-4 Big South) stretched their winning streak to three as CSU shot 57.6% from the floor as a team and 50.0% from the three-point line. CSU led by as many as 25 points in the second half in securing their third consecutive Big South win.
Travis McConico narrowly missed out on CSU's second triple-double of the season as the senior forward recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds, and a season-high eight assists. Dontrell Shuler (18) and Christian Keeling (18) led the Bucs in scoring, while Ty Jones (16) and Phlandrous Fleming (12) were also in double-digits.
Malik Moore led all scorers with 25 points and added nine rebounds for the Spartans as USC Upstate (6-19, 1-9 Big South) fell at home. Brandon Martin added 13 points off the bench, while two other players were also in double-digits for USC Upstate.
"We're just getting better. Our guys are adapting to our style of play and it was showing out there on the court today. I thought at the 10-minute mark in the first half that we really sunk into the game defensively and slowed the game down. We got into the passing lanes and started to get a nice rhythm going. When we're playing small, we're hard to guard, and the guys got after it defensively today." – Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh
Charleston Southern returns home to the Buccaneer Field House on Thursday, February 7, for a midweek matchup against Winthrop. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+.