CofC Wins CAA Championship, Heads to NCAA Tournament

March 7, 2018, 9:38 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 SPORTS) — All seemed lost inside the North Charleston Coliseum Tuesday evening, but what a comeback it was for the College of Charleston men’s basketball team.

The Cougars were trailing Northeaster by 17 points, but showed their resilience and turned that score around as the moved into overtime. The team won the game with a final score of 83 to 76.

“The only thing I can say about that comeback is the spirit of the Lord was in the building, that’s all I can tell you. It was unbelievable,” said an excited head coach Earl Grant.

And to win this CAA Championship game in North Charleston made it all the more special. “I grew up here… so it’s special, it’s something we will remember for the next few years,” said Grant, the homegrown hero.

Grant attended Stall High School in North Charleston and was assistant coach at Clemson before coming to the College of Charleston and now brings home that CAA Championship trophy just two miles from where he grew up.

Out-going College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell was ecstatic with last night’s win. He was the one who actually hired Coach Grant back in 2014 after firing the previous coach, Doug Wojcik, following claims of being verbally abusing his players.

“This is exciting because this has been a four-year march. I came in the first day and I confronted the basketball crisis,” said McConnell. “Here we are four years later and we’re headed to the NCAA again. It’s a wonderful moment. It also signifies our reemergence back on the national stage in basketball athletics.”

The seniors on this team won just nine games back in their sophomore season and now that are conference champions heading to the NCAA Tournament. The first time they’ve done so in nearly two decades.

“I trust my guys so much. We put in so much work – just had to trust our preparation – I don’t have words, man, this is the best feeling ever,” said senior guard Joe Chealey. “We’re going dancing, baby!”