If it’s not the most important win in College of Charleston basketball history, it has to be the most dramatic. College of Charleston overcame an 11-point deficit late in the second half and outplayed UNC in overtime, beating the ninth-ranked Tarheels 82-79 in front of a packed house and a national television audience at the Carolina First Arena on Monday night.
The Cougars shot 40 percent from behind the arc and got key performances from all five starters, including a game-high 24 from junior guard Andrew Goudelock, 15 points from both Donovan Monroe and Casaan Breeden, and 13 from Tony White Jr. and Jeremy Simmons.
Breeden and Jeremy Simmons also turned in solid defensive performances, delivering some key blocks against a bigger and deeper Tarheel front line.
College of Charleston led the game at halftime and for most of the second half, but the defending national champion Tarheels stormed back taking an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play. But playing with a never-say-die attitude, the Cougars rallied to pull within three, and with two seconds left, Andrew Goudelock sent the game into overtime in dramatic fashion with a three-point fadeaway rainbow from NBA range.
In overtime the Cougars fed off the home crowd’s intensity and generally outhustled the Heels. They held off a late UNC rally, and when the Tarheels’ last-gasp inbound play was broken up by Donovan Monroe, the midcourt party was on as the stands emptied and players, students, and fans celebrated a moment that will long be remembered as one of the most memorable games in College of Charleston basketball history.