C of C basketball season at a crossroads

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As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Hofstra, C of C found themselves in unfamiliar territory.

The loss dropped them down to 6th in the Colonial Athletic standings with as many losses in conference play (4) as they had all of last year.

After comoing off a conference title last year, this young group is not necessarily accustomed to this much losing.

According to forward Jarrell Brantley, they are always going to get every team’s best shot at them.

“People are going to chase us and you got to be willing to accept it and you got to be able to take their best fight and you got to be able to get your punch back. Hopefully yours can win the battle,” says Brantley.

But lately, the battles have been lost.

The team has dropped four of their last five and three straight on the road.

It is during these times that the true leaders of a team come out. 

Coach Earl Grant says this group is still trying to find their way after multiple leaders like Cameron Johnson and Joe Cheadle left last year.

“Those guys…that group actually went through a lot. This group, losing a group games is the hardest thing we’ve been through so maybe that’s good for us. It’s hard to have strength if you haven’t been through anything hard,” says Grant.

The Cougars try to right the ship with four straight road games at TD Arena.

The guys say it is fair to call these games must-wins.

“I mean you could say so. We do need a win. We need to get our confidence back, let everybody see Charleston basketball again like it’s supposed to be so,” says guard Marquise Pointer.

The first of those games tips off with Elon on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

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