The College of Charleston Cougars played valiantly, but ran out of possessions late, falling to the Auburn Tigers, 62-58, in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 13th-seeded Cougars struggled through a back-and-forth battle that had seven lead changes, six of them coming in the 2nd Half.
College of Charleston guard Grant Riller tied the game at 56 with a free-throw with 1:40 to play, but Jared Harper answered with a three to give Auburn a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Riller’s game-tying three point attempt missed with four seconds remaining in the game, but TV replays showed contact on the shot that could have warranted a foul call. Auburn secured the rebound, Harper’s ensuing free-throw put the game out of reach.
Jarrell Brantley led the Cougars with 24 points, with Riller adding 16.
College of Charleston missed the usual output from standout guard Joe Chealey, who was limited to two points in 20 minutes with an ankle injury.
The Cougars failed to win in the First Round for the fourth time in five NCAA Tournament appearances, trying to become the third 13-seed to advance in this year’s tournament.
College of Charleston Postgame Press Conference (Head Coach Earl Grant, Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley)
The Tigers advanced to face the winner of Clemson and New Mexico State in the Round of 32 Sunday.