Prior to the team’s game against Elon Saturday afternoon, the College of Charleston announced that leading scorer Canyon Barry will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. The 6-foot-6 junior suffered the injury during the Cougars’ game against William & Mary January 2, and he hasn’t played since.
Barry averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest this season, and it goes without saying that his loss is a big it for the Cougars to take.
College of Charleston is 1-3 in their last four games since Barry went down, with the lone victory being a 72-61 win over Hofstra January 7. Since then the Cougars have lost three straight by a total of ten points, with the most recent defeat being a 65-64 decision to Elon Saturday afternoon.
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.
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.
You can see the game at 12:00 p.m. on NBCSN. It will also be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.