JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Senior guard Chris Moore scored 27 points, and Charleston Southern shot 51 percent from the floor, to propel the Buccaneers to a 72-61 win over North Florida in on Friday night.
CSU (3-2) also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Ospreys 46-30, taking advantage of a UNF lineup that was without a pair of key forwards due to injury. Freshmen DeVon Jones was sidelined by a concussion, while freshman Justin Cecil was limited to just two minutes due to a sprained ankle.
UNF (1-4) shot only 37 percent for the game and hit just 13 of 28 free throws, including an 8-for-21 effort in the second half. Senior James Grimball recorded his 11th career double-double with 15 points with 10 rebounds for the Ospreys. Omar Carter finished with a double-double for CSU, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The teams battled back and forth early on before CSU finally took control before halftime with a 12-2 run, fueled by six points from Moore. The Ospreys trailed 36-27 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Ospreys sliced their deficit to 52-50 with 7:41 remaining on Ian Gibson's layup, but five quick points by the Buccaneers thwarted the rally. A four-minute scoring drought by UNF after that all but sealed the game.