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CAA Game 5: Down 15 William & Mary Rallies to Beat College of Charleston

Marcus Thornton helped William & Mary beat the College of Charleston

Marcus Thornton helped William & Mary beat the College of Charleston

We saved the best for last in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals as William & Mary overcame a 15 point deficit to beat the College of Charleston 70-59. Just two minutes into the second half it seemed like there was no hope for the Tribe, but little by little they crawled back and with 8:12 left in the game Daniel Dixon stepped up and hit a huge three that tied the game up at 53. From that point on, the Tribe outscored the Cougars 17-6.

William & Mary got 16 huge points from guards Marcus Thornton and Brandon Britt. Though they were equally effective, the guard combo played with completely different styles. Britt was quick to the hoop and scored most of his points by driving the ball hard, however he did knock down his only triple. Thornton made the Cougars pay by knocking down tough jumpers including two from deep.

The Tribe also did a good job adjusting defensively after watching the Cougars score 40 in the first half. They were only whistled for 12 fouls the entire game and they held the College of Charleston to just 37 percent from the floor. Cougar’s coach Doug Wojcik said that his team missed too many of their open looks late in the game. Wojcik got solid production out of senior Willis Hall who had the game’s only double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

With the win, William & Mary will play in the second semifinal tomorrow at 5pm against #2 seed, Towson.

Scott Zolotorow