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Charleston surges past Bearcats in second half 77-49

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Charleston senior Jamaul Gray (32) goes up for two of his six points on the night as Dexter senior Jacob Lee (23) defends. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHARLESTON -- After holding a five-point lead going into the break on Tuesday, the Charleston Bluejays used 47 second half to pull away from the Dexter Bearcats for a 77-49 win.

"We ended up playing well in the end," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "We started out slow, but Dexter always plays us tough. We put some full-court press on them in the second half and it made a big difference. They didn't expect that."

Holding a one-point advantage with two minutes to go in the second quarter, the Bluejays were able head into the half up by five thanks to a basket by Greg Tucker, who followed that up connected on a pair of free throws on a Dexter technical to give Charleston a 30-25 advantage.

After a quick basket by Dexter's Jacob Lee started the third frame, the Bluejays proceeded to score 12-straight points to push ahead 42-27.

Already with a comfortable lead, Charleston continued to push ahead and held a 53-38 lead at the the end of third before scoring eight straight to open the fourth.

Capping the eight point outburst, Michael Hull connected on back to back 3-pointers that allowed Charleston to go ahead 61-38 with 6:45 to play.

The Bluejays largest lead of the night came with under a minute left in the game off a basket from Tucker that put them up 76-47.

"I'm kind of disappointed with the way the score ended up," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said. "Because I think the kids competed a lot better than that. Fatigue got us in the end.

"We only went about six deep tonight and against a Charleston team that goes nine or 10 deep, over the course of a game that pressure going to get to you and it did tonight."

Up until the half the Bearcats held on their own against the Bluejays, overcoming a 13-5 deficit early in the game to tie Charleston at 18 on a Brad Potts bucket from the paint with 5:22 to play in the second quarter.

Still locked in a tie at 20, the Bluejays took the lead for good midway through to the frame when Tucker hit a free throw before connecting from behind the right side of the arc to put Charleston up by four.

"First half I thought we played really well," Nichols said. "We executed in the half court pretty good as we had two sophomore out there a lot of the night. It's probably a one-point game at the half if we don't have a technical there at the end.

"I think fatigue got us in the third quarter and they just ramped the pressure up a little bit."

Leading Charleston on the night, Tucker had a game-high 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting while contributing three steals and a rebound to the Bluejays cause. Scoring 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter, Hull connected of 6 of 10 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers. he also grabbed four rebounds, a steal and blocked a shot.

Aaron Cassell was third on the team with 12 points with Jamaul Gray scoring six and leading the team in both rebounds and steals with six each.

As a team Charleston shot 29 of 69 with 29 rebounds and 19 steals.

For Dexter (0-1), Lee had a team-high 20 points with Tyler Miller's 10 points good for second on the team. Chase Young contributed eight points while D.J. Dowdy and Potts had six and five respectively.

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DEXTER (49) -- Chase Young 8, Tyler Miller 10, D.J. Dowdy 6, Brad Potts 5, Jake Lee 20. FG 21, FT 4-9, F 19. (3-pointers: Miller 2, Potts 1. Fouled out: none.)

CHARLESTON (77) -- Aaron Cassell 12, Ryan Parham 6, Michael Hull 17, Greg Tucker 22, Jamaul Gray 6, Krushon Scott 8, Darrion Carter 6. FG 29, 13-19, F 15. (3-pointers: Hull 3, Cassell 2, Tucker 1. Fouled out: none.)