Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, wasn’t an ordinary day for College of Charleston men’s basketball players Grant Riller, Jaylen McManus, Sam Miller, Osinachi Smart and Zach Rabinowitz.
The College recognized the five seniors during the final men’s home basketball game of the regular season. Without question, it’s an exciting milestone in their College careers, but one that is bittersweet. All of the graduating seniors acknowledge there are certain things they will miss about their time at CofC and living in the Lowcountry.
“This program is very family oriented,” says Miller, who is an economics major. “I have really become close to the guys and the coaches. Not seeing them every day is going to hurt a lot.”
McManus, a psychology major, agrees: “I am going to miss my teammates and my coaches, but I am also going to miss the campus life and the city of Charleston.”
The Cougars dominated Drexel in the final home game of the season at TD Arena, winning 75-66. The men’s basketball team is headed to Washington, D.C. this week for the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, where the No. 4 Cougars will play No. 5 Delaware at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The winner of that game will go on to compete in the CAA championship semi-finals on Monday.
Win or lose, the seniors say they’ll miss the fun they’ve had with their teammates. Anyone up for a game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos?