NEWARK, Del. – The College of Charleston men’s basketball team hit a pair of clutch three-pointers late in the game as the Cougars edged Delaware, 62-54, Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Two free throws by Eric Carter (below) evened the contest at 49-49 with 3:31 to play, but Jarrell Brantley converted a pair of layups to put Charleston (15-6, 6-3 CAA) in front for good. It was still just a two-point game at 55-53 with 1:33 on the clock, before Joe Chealey buried a three-pointer to put the Cougars up five.

Following another Carter free throw, Cameron Johnson hit a triple with 29 seconds remaining to put the game away. The Cougars won their third straight, while Delaware (11-11, 4-5 CAA) dropped its third in a row.

UD freshman Ryan Allen scored 19 points and drained five three-pointers, while Ryan Daly (left) chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds. Carter narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards on the night.

Chealey finished with a game-high 23 points for the Cougars.

Neither team shot well from the field, as the Cougars finished at 38.6 percent while Delaware shot only 29.6 percent including 5 of 25 from three-point range.

The Blue Hens held the Cougars to one field goal over the opening 10 minutes while jumping out to a 13-3 advantage, but the Cougars rallied to take a slim 25-23 lead at the break. Neither squad led by more than four points in the second half before the Cougars’ late decisive run.

“I thought we did enough tonight defensively on the first possession, but the offensive rebounds really hurt us. Tonight is testament to Earl [Grant] and his group, because they really believed. That belief is something we’re working on and starting to exhibit. We went toe-to-toe with them and battled, we just couldn’t get the stops. We had some really good offensive possessions but we needed to make shots. I thought we had some really good looks, but against a team like Charleston you have to step up and make some shots.”

“Tonight came down to a couple of mental lapses on the defensive end. The last two minutes we have to be better. We let them score too many times the last two minutes, and gave up a few threes. We have to stick to the game plan the whole 40 minutes. Charleston has some great players and they have seniors who made big plays. I think overall we did a great job defensively the first 25 minutes, but when it came down to it we didn’t get the stops we needed."

“We are still a work in progress, and we’re certainly not finished at all. Charleston is a complete team, filled with veterans who have been in this situation before. Certainly more than we have because we’re so young. I’m proud of how we battled, and how we’re getting better every day.”

• Allen hit a three-pointer for the 19th straight game and tied the UD single game record with 14 attempts from behind the arc
• Daly reached double figures for the 20th consecutive game
• Charleston held a 45-35 rebounding advantage
• Delaware’s shooting percentage was its lowest of the season
• Charleston defeated the Blue Hens for the fifth straight meeting

Delaware vs *Hofstra – January 27, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Towson – February 1, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *Elon – February 3, 2018 (7 p.m.)

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Tritt | | Office: 302-831-8715 | Cell: 302-383-5005