Bucs top century mark, Florida State awaits
Charleston Southern connected on a single-game program record 20 three-pointers and junior Arlon Harper became the 20th player in program history to score 1,000 career points as the Bucs throttled St. Andrews, 122-40, at the Buc Dome on Saturday night.
Harper scored his 1,000th point on a free throw with 15:30 left in the first half and finished with 12 points and three steals in only 19 minutes of action. He was one of six Bucs to reach double figures scoring, with Matt Kennedy and Saah Nimley leading the way with 18 points apiece.
Freshman Bakari Copeland added a career-high 17 points, while Will Saunders and Sheldon Strickland contributed 13 and 11 off the bench. CSU (5-6) shot 74 percent in the second half and 67 percent overall en route to posting the largest margin of victory in school history.
"I was really proud of that performance tonight," CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. "St. Andrews has played well against some tough competition. They've played well against South Carolina State and against Campbell. They played a tough one last night at Mercer. We came in with a specific game plan in place tonight and we prepared really hard."
"Give credit to our guys," Radebaugh continued. "They really executed tonight. They tried to delay the game a little bit and it is difficult to play against someone when they do that. We had to be patient. We wanted to get two or three of their scorers in foul trouble and we were able to do that. We took care of business, and it a game like that, that is exactly what we need to do."
The Bucs held St. Andrews (1-8) to 30 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers on their way to tallying a 39-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
St. Andrews hung tough in the early going with its deliberate style, but a 22-0 run turned a 10-point CSU margin into a 32-point cushion as the Bucs took a 56-21 lead into intermission.
The Bucs now travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for a Monday night meeting with Florida State. Tipoff against the Seminoles is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live on Fox Sports South.
"Florida State is really tough," said Radebaugh of the 8-3 Seminoles. "They are going to have a different game plan for us. They are extremely tall and athletic and obviously have tremendous talent on their roster as well. I like some of the improvements that our team made today. I like some of the things we were able to do today. It can be tough sometimes against a smaller team like that. But we worked on our press and we were able to do that against them tonight. We made some progress. We've made some progress against a tough schedule that has really challenged and been good for us."