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.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tramaine Isabell scored 12 of his 24 points in the last four minutes to help No. 8 seed Drexel beat ninth-seeded James Madison 70-62 in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday.
Drexel (13-19), which had lost six of their last seven conference tournament games before beating the Dukes, will move on to face top-seeded Charleston (23-7) in a Sunday quarterfinal.
James Madison had a 55-54 lead with 4:20 to play. The Dragons closed on a 16-7 run, including an 8-0 stretch from Isabell. Ramone Snowden's 3-pointer pulled the Dukes to 64-60 before Isabell hit four straight free throws to make it 68-60 with 31 seconds left.
Sammy Mojica added 11 points and Austin Williams had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Drexel.
Matt Lewis made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points on 3-of-15 shooting for James Madison (10-22).
Jordon Talley hit a jumper with seconds to go to lift UNC Wilmington to an 83-82 win over Drexel on Saturday in a regular season closer for both teams.
The Seahawks (10-20, 7-11 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 82-81 with eight seconds left when Talley hit the winning bucket. Drexel's Kurk Lee missed a layup at the other end and Austin Williams failed to make the second-chance shot.
The Seahawks are battling with Elon for the sixth spot in the CAA standings, which carries with it an opening-round bye to next weekend's tournament. Elon finishes its regular season at home against James Madison on Monday.
Ty Taylor II led UNCW with 23 points, Talley finished with 21 points, Devontae Cacok added 16 points and 21 rebounds and Jaylen Fornes had 12 points.
Tramaine Isabell scored 29 points with eight rebounds for the Dragons (12-19, 6-12), who set a new Division I comeback record Thursday night with a 34-point rally to beat Delaware 85-83.