CHARLESTON, S.C. — Joe Chealey knocked down five three-pointers and put up a career-high 31 points as College of Charleston beat Hofstra, 77-71, on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Eli Pemberton and Justin Wright-Foreman scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Hofstra (9-8, 1-3). Pemberton also had five assists and drew special praise from Pride coach Joe Mihalich.
“You just can’t say enough about Elijah Pemberton,” Mihalich said. “Elijah Pemberton was a man today.”
Chealey scored 17 of his points in the first half and reached the 30-point mark for the second time in his career.
Grant Riller scored 17 points for the Cougars (13-4, 4-0), including two critical baskets with 5:08 to go and 4:21 left to fend off one of several Hofstra rallies and get Charleston back to a seven-point lead at 70-63. Riller also hit two free throws with 55 seconds left to restore a six-point lead.
Chealey was 9-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-8 from behind the three-point arc, and converted 8-for-10 from the line to ignite a Charleston offense that shot 51.9 percent overall (27-for-52) and 9-for-15 from three.
Mihalich said he was disappointed but nevertheless encouraged by the Pride’s performance following a lackluster 62-54 loss to James Madison on Thursday at Hofstra.
“We were fearless [today]. We were competitive. Tough circumstances,” Mihalich noted, referring to point guard Deron Williams playing only 11 minutes Saturday.
The Pride shot 27-for-55 from the field (49.1 percent), including 8-for-21 from distance and held a 33-29 advantage on the glass.