Brantley blocks shot at buzzer, Charleston tops WCU 77-74

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) — Grant Riller scored 28 points, Jarrell Brantley had 14 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot on the final play, and Charleston beat Western Carolina 77-74 on Saturday in the Catamounts’ home opener.

After a timeout with 10 seconds left, WCU inbounded it, swung it around the 3-point arc and Matt Halvorsen’s 3-point attempt from the wing was blocked.

Charleston (2-0) was down by nine points with 10 minutes to go.

Brevin Galloway made three 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Charleston. Brantley blocked three shots and Riller has scored 20-plus in back-to-back games.

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Charleston led 32-28 at halftime with Riller, Galloway and Brantley combining for 29 points.

Junior Carlos Dotson had 21 points and eight rebounds for Western Carolina (0-2), which is looking for its first win under first-year coach Mark Prosser. Halvorsen scored 15 points with three 3-pointers.

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