The College of Charleston’s upset bid came up short as the 12th-seeded Cougars couldn’t find their shooting touch in a 63-57 loss to San Diego State in Orlando, Thursday. The Cougars (31-4) lost for the first time since Feb. 2nd (Drexel) and missed out on what would have been its first trip to the Round of 32 since 1997.
Charleston had the Aztecs in their sights for much of the game and tied it up on Ante Brzovic’s layup with 3:27 to play. But the Cougars missed its next three shots from the field and 5th-seeded San Diego State pulled away in the final minute. Charleston had built its ten-game winning streak behind 3-point shooting, but the Cougars just didn’t have it, Thursday, making just 5 of 24 from behind the arc and missing all of its long-distance shots in the final 11 minutes.
Despite the first-round exit, it was an exceptionally successful season for the College of Charleston. In their second year under Pat Kelsey, the Cougars won the Colonial Athletic regular season and tournament titles, won 20 games in a row between November and late January and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018.
San Diego State moves on to face Furman in the second round, Saturday.