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MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON, 78-57, IN TOURNAMENT OPENER
December 29, 2002
Thomas Mobley scored 16 points and Mike Benton added 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks leading the College of Charleston to a 78-57 win over Maryland-Baltimore County before 3,077 at John Kresse Arena in the first round of the 2002 State Farm Good Neighbor Classic Sunday night.
Charleston, which improved to 9-2 on the season, will take on Howard in the tournament's title game at 8:00 p.m on Monday. UMBC (3-5) plays Oral Roberts at 3:00 p.m. in the consolation game. Howard beat ORU, 72-62, in the tournament's opening game.
Troy Wheless, who played just three minutes in the second half with a bruised tailbone he suffered late in the first half, scored all of his 11 points in the first half as Charleston jumped out to a 37-21 lead at intermission.
Charleston's biggest lead of the game was 26 points on two occassions including 72-46 with 4:33 left in the game.
UMBC got a game-high 19 points from Justin Wilson and a team-high seven rebounds and 13 points from Andrew Feeley.
Charleston's Marcus Johnson came off the bench and scored 10 points hitting 4-for-5 from the field including 2-of-3 from behind the arc.
For the game, Charleston shot 50.9 percent from the floor (27-53), while the Retrievers hit 44.9 percent of their shots (22-49).