Cameron Johnson was going to enjoy College of Charleston’s 32-point win over North Greenville on Sunday afternoon.
After signing a few autographs for the kids that hung around TD Arena after the Cougars’ 92-60 win over the Crusaders, Johnson planned on spending some time with his family, maybe getting an early dinner, but the Athens, Ga., native knew that most of his night would be spent at Addlestone Library studying for final exams.
Johnson, a senior majoring in business administration, still has two exams left and knows that time management this time of year – juggling his schedule between academics and basketball – can be difficult.
“I’m going to enjoy this win, spend some time with my family, but if you want to find me (Sunday night), I’m going to be at the library,” said Johnson, who scored 12 points in the Cougars victory over Division II North Greenville. “My first tough exam, a service operations management exam, is done, and that was a tough one. I studied a lot for it, so I feel pretty good about how I did. You have to be smart about managing your time this time of year. We’ve got to be responsible with our study time. We’re adults now. You know you’ve got to practice, but you’re here to get a degree, and that’s the most important thing.”
Nick Harris, who was just one point shy of getting a double-double, finished with nine points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Harris, a junior, said he has three exams left on his schedule, but his toughest test is behind him.
“I had a supply chain management analytics exam Saturday night, so I’m glad that’s done,” said Harris. “I made an 88, so I feel pretty good about that. A double-double would have been a great way to finish out the weekend. If I had hit a couple more free throws, I’d have had it.”
It was a business-like effort for the Cougars who led for 36 of the 40 minutes. The Cougars (7-2) shot 51.7 percent from the floor, including 13 of 28 from 3-point range, and limited the Crusaders (3-8) to just 35-percent shooting.
“Mentally, I thought we approached this game the right way and played to our standards,” said College of Charleston coach Earl Grant. “It took us a little while to get into it. They made some hard shots early on, but in the middle of the first half, we settled in and made some shots and then got some stops. The rest of the game, I thought we did a great job of having a balance of offense and defense.”
The Cougars had 18 assists and just five turnovers.
“Guys did good job of letting the shots find them,” Grant said. “I didn’t see a lot of guys hunting for shots. They moved the ball and we had a lot of assists. It was good to see us be unselfish. If you take care of the ball and play great defense, you’ve always got a chance to win.”
Joe Chealey led the way with 20 points as five players scored in double figures. Jaylen McManus (11), Grant Riller (11) and Marquise Pointer (11) were all efficient on the offensive end of the floor.
Twelve players were able to get on the floor, including walk-ons Jermaine Blackmon and Trent Robinson, who had a basket in the finals seconds of the game. Only Pointer played more than 25 minutes.
“Everybody played and everyone contributed,” Grant said. “I think having a chance to get everyone in the game will give us some life heading into this week. The biggest thing for us was to play to our standards. It was a good performance for us. We were more concerned about us and not about who we were playing.”