NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Joe Chealey scored 22 points and top-seeded Charleston defeated No. 8 seed Drexel 66-59 on Sunday to advance to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinals.
Charleston (24-7) will play the winner of Sunday's Towson-William & Mary game on Monday.
Grant Riller added 17 points in surpassing 1,000 in his career and Jarrell Brantley had 12 points and 11 rebounds, his 21st career double-double, for the Cougars, who shared the regular-season title with Northeastern but got the No. 1 seed by virtue of a season sweep of the Huskies.
Trailing by nine, Chealey hit a pair of 3-pointers to start a 20-5 run to take a 59-53 lead with 2:38 remaining. The Dragons (13-20) were within four with a minute to go but Riller hit a 3-pointer and Chealey two free throws to go up nine.
Kurk Lee scored 15 points, Tramaine Isabell had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Austin Williams 12 points for Drexel.
Zach Walton came off the bench to score 22 points with seven rebounds and Drexel edged Abilene Christian 86-83 in overtime on Sunday.
James Butler picked up his second straight double-double for the Dragons (2-1) with 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Sam Green added 11 points. Camren Wynter had six assists.
Payten Ricks scored a career-high 29 points and had five steals for the Wildcats (1-1). Clay Gayman scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Drexel won the rebound battle 45-22, but Abilene Christian forced 24 turnovers while committing only nine.
Jordan Roland had 26 points as Northeastern easily defeated Drexel 90-66 on Saturday. Vasa Pusica added 21 points for the Huskies. Pusica also had nine rebounds for the Huskies.
Anthony Green had 14 points and nine rebounds for Northeastern (20-10, 14-4 Colonial Athletic Conference), which earned its fourth straight victory. Bolden Brace added nine rebounds.
Northeastern totaled 53 second-half points, a season best for the team.
Camren Wynter had 19 points and eight assists for the Dragons (13-18, 7-11). Alihan Demir added 14 points and nine rebounds. Trevor John had 11 points.
The Huskies improve to 2-0 against the Dragons this season. Northeastern defeated Drexel 93-83 on Dec. 28. The Huskies and the Dragons next take the floor in the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament.