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William & Mary 70, Charleston 59

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Senior guard Brandon Britt and junior guard Marcus Thornton combined for 32 points as third-seeded William & Mary rallied to beat No. 6 College of Charleston 70-59 in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on Saturday night at Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.

Britt and Thornton scored 16 points apiece for William & Mary (19-11), which has won three of its last four games. Sophomore guard Terry Tarpey had nine points and eight rebounds.

Senior forward Willis Hall had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Charleston (14-18). Senior forward Anthony Thomas scored 14 points and junior guard Anthony Stitt had 11.

William & Mary led 12-11 after Tarpey converted a three-point play with 14:45 left in the first half, but Charleston surged ahead with a 10-1 run in a span of 3:17.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Stitt and senior guard Nori Johnson put the Cougars up 23-15 with 10:03 to go. Freshman guard Canyon Barry and Hall added consecutive 3-pointers moments later, giving Charleston a 29-17 lead with 7:10 left in the half.

Charleston led by as many as 15 in the first half and took a 40-28 lead into the locker room at the break.

The Cougars stretched the lead to 14 early in the second half before William & Mary stormed back, mounting a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to four on a layup by senior forward Kyle Gaillard with 13:44 to go.

Charleston extended its advantage to eight points moments later, but the Tribe staged a 10-2 run to tie the score at 53 on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Daniel Dixon with 8:15 remaining. William & Mary led by two with 3:43 to go and outscored the Charleston 9-0 in the final 2:44.
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