Charleston’s Caleb Hurst soars for a slam dunk against Sullivan on Tuesday night. (photo/Mike Moore, Moore Sports Photography)

Buoyed by accurate shooting, Charleston exploded for a season-high 81 points in a decisive victory over Sullivan on Tuesday night in boys basketball at Baker Gym.

The Trojans, who shot 34 percent in a 65-43 loss to St. Anthony on Saturday, nearly doubled their accuracy – as well as their points total – in beating Sullivan, 81-49.

Charleston made 30 of 49 shots for a 61.2 percent average on Tuesday night. The Trojans also made more than half of their 3-pointers, hitting 10 of 19 attempts. Luke Bell hit three 3s while three teammates made two apiece.

“The kids came out strong,” Charleston coach Brad Oakley said. “The guys moved the ball well tonight, which led to good shots. In the second half, we were better defensively.  It was a great team effort with balanced scoring.”

Charleston had scored 71 earlier this month against Newton in its previous best offensive performance.

Caleb Hurst scored a team-high 19 points after a three-point game on Saturday. He also soared for a nice slam dunk. Cade Landrus scored 15 points, Isaac Miller had 14 and Luke Bell added 13.

Charleston (9-10) took an early 10-0 lead and never looked back in leading 25-17 after one quarter and 45-31 by halftime.

Charleston next travels to play a rematch against Mattoon on Friday night.  

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CHARLESTON (81): Hurst 7-9 3-6 19, Harrell 1-1 0-0 2, Landrus 5-10 3-3 15, Miller 6-12 0-1 14, Bell 5-7 0-0 13, Bickford 2-4 0-0 4, Braun 3-5 1-1 7, Burgess 0-0 0-0 0, Pankey 0-0 2-2 2, Oakley 1-1 2-2 5. Total 30-49 11-15 81.

3-pointers – Hurst 2-2, Bell 3-4, Miller 2-5, Landrus 2-6, Braun 0-1, Oakley 1-1. Total: 10-19. Rebounds – Hurst 6, Miller 4, Bickford 4. Total: 31. Turnovers – Charleston 10, Sullivan 14.

Game statistics provided by 92.1, The Axe, where you can hear every Trojans’ boys basketball game. Click here to listen to last night’s broadcast.