CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Travis McConico scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Charleston Southern posted its first victory this season, winning in its home opener over Columbia International 98-58 on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers (1-2) were coming off lopsided losses to Davidson and North Central State but it was their turn for a big victory against the Rams, a National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association school.
Ty Jones added 14 points, Jordan Jones 12 and Phlandrous Fleming 11 for Charleston Southern. Graduate transfer JC Cavin, who played the past three seasons for the Rams and is among their all-time leaders in several categories, hit a 3-pointer with less than three minutes to go to reach double figures with 10 points. That gave the Buccaneers a 51-point lead before the Rams scored the final 11 points.
Charleston Southern scored the first eight points and led by 24 at halftime.
The Buccaneers beat the Rams 90-53 exactly a year ago.
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.