WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The emotional roller coaster of Senior Day took a number of turns on Saturday afternoon at Kaplan Arena, going from excitement to gut-wrenching to jubilation. After Charleston's Grant Riller banked in a 35-footer to send the game to overtime, the William & Mary men's basketball team answered the bell in the extra session to pull out a thrilling 114-104 victory. The Tribe scored 17 of the game's final 22 points to cement the win. Senior guard David Cohn sparked the Tribe effort with a career-high 30 points to go along with nine assists.
W&M (18-11, 11-7 CAA) hit 11-of-12 from the charity stripe over the final minute of regulation and led by six, 90-84, with 28 seconds left. Charleston's Joe Chealey hit a pair 3-pointers, before Riller's buzzer-beating banker tied the game at 95 and gave the contest another five minutes.
Charleston (23-7, 14-4 CAA) led 99-97 less than two minutes into the extra session, but it was all Tribe from there. The Green and Gold used a quick 7-0 run to move in front and outscored the Cougars 17-5 over the final 3:30. After Cohn knotted the game with a step-back jumper, sophomore Matt Milon scored five in a row, including a 3-pointer, to extend the lead to 104-99 with two minutes left. Chealey hit a pair at the charity stripe to draw CofC within three, but sophomore Justin Pierce answered with a driving lay-up, and W&M went 8-of-8 at the free throw line over the final 50 seconds to clinch the Senior Day win.
After a back-and-forth start, the Green and Gold seized control with a 13-2 run. Cohn's 3-pointer at the 6:36 put the Tribe on top, before Milon converted an old-fashion 3-point play. The advantage jumped to 37-28 out of the under four-minute media timeout following a Paul Rowley triple. The Tribe lead reached its pinnacle in the opening 20 minutes in the closing seconds. Cohn pulled down a defensive rebounding and sprinted up court. He dropped it off to senior Connor Burchfield for a half-capping triple, pushing the lead to 44-32. W&M's advantage reached as much as 16 points, 51-35, out of the locker room thanks to a 7-0 run. The Cougars used a 12-3 spurt to narrow the gap to 72-68 with 7:29 left, and CofC drew within two, 84-82, on a Johnson 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining.
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Senior guard David Cohn erupted for a career-high 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe. He dished out nine assists. Sophomore Matt Milon tallied 20 points, including a big seven in overtime. Senior Connor Burchfield and sophomore Nathan Knight each notched 19 points in the win. Burchfield was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range, while Knight added six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Justin Pierce chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds.
Grant Riller led Charleston with 29 points on 11-of-17 from the floor, while Joe Chealey added 24 and five assists. Cameron Johnson and Jarrell Brantley scored 23 and 20 points, respectively, to give the Cougars four 20-point scorers.