"I thought it was a good effort for our first game," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "We won by a big margin playing an athletic team. I don't feel we're going to play another team as quick as that in the area."
After hanging within two points of Charleston midway through the first quarter, Covington quickly found themselves in a double-digit deficit as the Bluejays scored 10-straight points.
Led by 10 points in the frame by Demetrius Dyson, the Chargers were able to close the gap to seven, 31-24, with a 10-6 run early in the second frame. Holding Covington without a basket the final four minutes of the half, Charleston was able to extend their lead to 15 points entering the break.
The Chargers' only points during that 9-3 run came on free throws while the Bluejays got a 3-pointer from Mike Hull and Ryan Parham went 5 of 6 from the line.
The only quarter the Chargers were able to best the Bluejays was the third, winning the frame 21-18. Still with a comfortable lead, however, Charleston came back and finished the game with a 27-14 run in the fourth.
Charleston never trailed in the game and held a double-digit lead the entire second half.
"Since they play like us we pretty much knew what to expect from them," said Parham of Covington. "So we played a good game defensively and offensively. We're a slow starting team. We're working on that, but we're not going to let a team that shouldn't stay with us, stay with us the whole game."
Parham was one of four Bluejays to post double-digit scoring totals, finishing with 14 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He added eight rebounds and eight assists to Charleston's effort and finished 8 of 14 from the free throw line.
Mike Hull led the team with 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting while grabbing four rebounds and a pair of assists. Darrion Carter had 16 points and six rebounds while Shandor Webster had 11 points and seven boards.
Charleston had a total of 44 rebounds and shot 33 of 58 (57 percent) as a team.
"We rebounded well, but at the same time I wasn't too pleased with it," Farmer said. "I thought they got too many second chances.
"We got our hands on some balls and they would always come up with it."
For Covington, Dyson had a game-high 26 points while Tarecus Hughes and Bobby Shanks added 13 and nine points respectively.
COVINGTON (66) -- Tarecus Hughes 13, Jesse Somerville 2, Chevia Hughes 7, Kelvin Stowers 1, Jalen Claybon 6, Demetrius Dyson 26, Bobby Shanks 9, Keyon Perry 1. FG 23, FT 15-24, F 23. (3-pointers: Tarecus Hughes 2, Claybon 2. Fouled out: none.)
CHARLESTON (91) -- Delfinko Bogan 4, Will Davis 2, Robert Bogan 2, Ryan Parham 14, Mike Hull 25, Trey Watkins 7, Darrion Henderson 2, Sumner Foster 7, Shandor Webster 11, Darrion Carter 16. FG 33, FT 19-31, F 23. (3-pointers: Delfinko Bogan 1, Hull 3, Webster 1. Fouled out: Robert Bogan.)