CHARLESTON - Foul trouble doomed the Bulldogs early on, as South Carolina State dropped an 80-64 game to in-state foe College of Charleston on Tuesday at TD Arena.
Before the start of the game, College of Charleston administrators, coaching staff, and fans took the time during pregame activities to honor S.C. State assistant athletic trainer Tyler Long. In his first season with the Bulldogs team, Long was one of the first responders to help save the life of S.C. State student-athlete Ty Solomon during a recent basketball game at N.C. State.
In Tuesday's game, Donte Wright led the way for the Bulldogs with a team-high 14 points, while Janai Raynor-Powell added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists the loss. Wright finished 4-of-9 from three-point range.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs led in several categories, finishing 15-of-19 from the charity stripe and 14-3 of points in the paint, along with 23-20 points off the bench.
The Cougars (8-3) were led by Grant Riller, who scored a career-high 21 points in the win.
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. It will be the final non-conference game for South Carolina State before entering the holiday break.