The College of Charleston was scheduled to play a game at James Madison Saturday afternoon, but thanks to a winter storm the game has been pushed back to Sunday afternoon. According to the announcement from James Madison, tipoff is scheduled for Noon Sunday.
This is an important game for the Dukes (10-5 CAA, 17-11 overall), who entered Saturday tied atop the CAA standings in the loss column with UNCW (11-5), Northeastern and William & Mary (10-5). After losing consecutive games to William & Mary and UNCW, Matt Brady’s team has won four straight entering Sunday’s game.
The Dukes won the first meeting of the season between the two teams, beating the Cougars 61-50 January 5. Ron Curry scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Yohanny Dalembert added 14 and three blocked shots. Charleston shot 37 percent from the field and 6-for-25 from beyond the arc in that home defeat.
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Saturday afternoon’s contest between Drexel and College of Charleston features two teams looking to make a move up the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Both the host Dragons and Cougars have struggled for consistency this season but will play each other for the first of two scheduled contests.
Drexel (4-14, 2-5) will be led by high-scoring and productive guard Damion Lee. The 6-foot-6 junior rarely leaves the floor and is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Dragons. College of Charleston (6-14, 1-6) relies on more of a balanced approach to get it done and the Cougars are led by sophomore guards Canyon Barry and Joe Chealey.
The team’s third-leading scorer will miss two-to-four weeks with a knee injury, per the official release from the school. The 6-foot-1 Stitt is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and his loss comes at an especially tough time for the Cougars. Still is also an experienced guard, having already amassed over 1,000 points in his college career.
With an 0-4 conference record in the CAA, the College of Charleston has dropped eight consecutive games and are looking for any kind of spark to help them turn that streak around. Stitt plays nearly 34 minutes a game, so that is plenty of additional playing time to others in the Cougar rotation that could provide a lift.
A road game at Elon comes next for College of Charleston, as they’re currently 5-12 on the season.