Central Florida dumps College of Charleston, 60-40, in Charleston Classic – Charleston Post Courier
Central Florida’s Tacko Fall cuts an imposing figure standing 7-feet-6.
Fall, a sophomore, was coming off a career-high 26-point effort Thursday afternoon in the Knights’ 86-61 victory over Mississippi State in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.
And while the imposing Fall had his moments against the College of Charleston, it was the rest of the Knights and a poor shooting performance that turned out to be the downfall for the Cougars.
B.J. Taylor scored 20 points and Matt Williams added 10 points to lead Central Florida past College of Charleston, 60-40, Friday night in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena.
The Cougars (3-1) will take on Wake Forest, a 96-77 loser to third-ranked Villanova, Sunday night in the third-place game beginning at 7 p.m.
Central Florida (3-0) will face the Wildcats in the title game, which is set to start at 9:30 p.m.
Fall had been averaging 21 points a game coming into Friday night’s game. He finished with nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Charleston’s Nick Harris, a 6-10 sophomore, was matched up with Fall most of the night and while he had just two points, the Dacula, Ga., native collected seven rebounds and held his own for long stretches despite giving up eight inches.
“He’s the biggest guy I’ve ever played against and the biggest guy I’ve ever seen in person,” Harris said. “It’s really tough to move him around in the paint. It takes a lot of energy to play against, he took a lot out of me, no question.”
College of Charleston coach Earl Grant felt that Fall had a huge impact on the game, costing the Cougars 14-to-16 points.
“It was an usual game because of (Fall),” Grant said. “We had chances to get to the front of the