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Charleston stops Charleston Southern rally 72-67

Charleston stops Charleston Southern rally 72-67

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Anthony Stitt and Andrew Lawrence scored 18 points each as the College of Charleston held off a late rally by Charleston Southern 72-67 Wednesday night.

After the Cougars (4-2) led 66-52 with 5:34 to play, the Buccaneers (2-4) reeled off 12 consecutive points. Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper, who finished with 20 points apiece, scored 10 of the Bucs' points in that run.

Harper buried a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game, 68-67, with 41 seconds left after Lawrence hit two free throws for the Cougars. Harper was unsuccessful on his next two 3-point tries, however, as Lawrence secured the game for College of Charleston with four free throws in the final 31 seconds.

The teams played at Charleston Southern's 881-seat Buccaneer Field House for the first time since 1992. Games hosted by Charleston Southern in the rivalry since then were played at the larger North Charleston Coliseum.

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: All-Star update

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2018 MLB Power Rankings: All-Star update

The All-Star break is a perfect opportunity to sit down and re-evaluate the landscape of Major League Baseball. As it turns out, however, there aren't as many meaningful moves as one might expect.

The unrivaled dominance of the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees sets us up for a wildly entertaining October, and the uber-talented rosters of the Indians, Cubs and Dodgers will make noise as well. Still, it means the top three (and, moving down, the next three to four teams) in our power rankings haven't experienced much variance in 2018.

The gap between the haves and the have-nots has never been more pronounced than it is in this era, which means the bottom-four teams have stayed pretty steady since May. Yes, the Reds have made a nice jump since Jim Riggleman took over, and the Orioles are about 15 spots lower than we had them in March, but none of the major moves will have any real impact on who we expect to win the World Series this year.

That doesn't mean it's not worthwhile to see where each team stands, however, and these are certainly still subject to change. The Nationals, for example, have enough talent and starpower on the roster to jump into the top six or seven teams as a legitimate title contender at some point.  

The stars are out in D.C. this week, as baseball converges onto the nation's capital. Are the hometown team's stars enough to keep the roster in the conversation for the playoffs?