Rams Lose Against Charleston Southern
Byron Carpenter led all players in scoring with 23 points. Rob Wright was the only other Ram to finish in the double-digits with 13 points.

Rams Lose Against Charleston Southern

December 21, 2010 | RSS

Courtesy of Charleston Southern's Sports Information Department


Byron Carpenter, one of two Rams players to score double digits in the loss to Charleston Southern.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Kelvin Martin and Jeremy Sexton combined for 38 of the Bucs' 99 points as they duo led the CSU men's basketball team past the Bluefield Rams 99-66 on Tuesday evening in the final non-conference game at the Buc Dome.


Martin and Sexton each put up 19 points, while Kenny Mitchell and Jamarco Warren added in 17 apiece as four of the Buccaneers' five starters finished the game scoring in double figures. Martin recorded his third double-double of the season by leading the rebounding effort with 11 boards as the Bucs out-rebounded the Rams 50-34. Warren also added in a season-high seven assists. CSU shot 49.3 percent on the night, and scored 50 of their points inside the paint while limiting the Rams to just 24 points from underneath. The Bucs also used their offensive rebounding to pick up 23 second chance points to BC's 2.


Byron Carpenter led all players in scoring with 23 points. Rob Wright was the only other Ram to finish in the double-digits with 13 points. Carpenter also grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Bluefield shot 35.7 percent from the field, with BC bench edging out the CSU reserves at 21-20.


Strickland gave the Bucs an early 5-0 lead with his tenth consecutive 3-pointer and the Bucs stayed hot from there, taking a 16-7 advantage just over three and a half minutes into the contest. The CSU lead stretched into double-digits on a jumper from Warren, but was cut back down to eight soon after with a layup by Bluefield's Egor Shakhmetov. Sexton went on the fast break to score a layup and put the Bucs back up by 10, kicking off a 15-5 run that gave the Bucs a 35-17 lead with just under nine minutes to play in the first half.


The Rams went on a short 7-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to 13 with a free-throw by O'Boute. Martin got CSU on the board again with a second-chance layup with just over three minutes to play in the first and went on to put up five of the Buccaneer's final eight points in the half. Wright was sent to the line and came away with three points to end the half with the Bucs up 47-32.


Wright sunk a 3-pointer to open the second half and was followed by two points from Carpenter at the charity stripe as the Rams cut the deficit to 10. Sexton hit a 3-pointer soon after to put CSU up by 15 once again. The two teams traded buckets for the next few minutes, with the Bucs keeping a 15 point lead for most of the time. Warren hit 3-pointer to put the advantage at 18 before another shot from downtown, this time by Sexton, gave the Buccaneers a 21-point lead with 14:18 left to play.


The Buccaneers went on a 16-2 scoring run that was powered by 3-pointers from Sexton and Matt Kennedy as they surged to a 34 point lead on a free-throw by Zimmy Nwogbo with 2:20 left to play. The Rams took two trips to the line, coming away with three points, but it was too little too late as the Bucs took the 99-66 victory.


The Rams will return to the court following a short Christmas holiday when they play December 30 against Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia, tip- off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.