COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (12-7, 4-3 SoCon) vs. THE CITADEL (4-13, 1-6 SoCon)
January 24, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 50-39
Last Meeting: CofC def. The Citadel, 73-69, on Jan. 14, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.
Internet: Pay-Per-View Video and Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 12-7 (.632)
Eighth Year Overall: 152-99 (.606)
The Citadel: Chuck Driesell
Third Year at The Citadel: 20-59 (.253)
Ninth Year Overall: 108-131 (.452)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
Only 10 days separate the last time both the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (12-7, 4-3 SoCon) and The Citadel (4-13, 1-6 SoCon) both squared off in the first installment of the crosstown rivalry series between the two schools. This may be the quickest turnaround for either school to see each other again. Last season, it was a span of 87 days, and in Andrew Goudelock’s senior year, it was a span of 33 days in 2010-11. But, there’s no doubt it will be another physical and intense battle as both teams meet again on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. In fact, the last two meetings have been decided in single digits, but both playing in the Cougars’ favor – a four-point victory (73-69) on Jan. 14 and an eight-point win (55-47) in both team’s regular-season finale on Feb. 25, 2012 at McAlister Field House. CofC is looking to snap a two-game skid since its road win at The Citadel, while the Bulldogs are coming off their first league win of the season with an impressive 70-55 road victory at Georgia Southern on Jan. 19.
THE CITADEL AT A GLANCE
The Citadel halted a 12-game losing stretch with its win at Georgia Southern to shake up the South Division standings which saw Davidson lose to Georgia Southern who went on to beat CofC – the top three teams in the divisional race. It marked the Bulldogs’ first win since a non-conference 92-50 rout of Union on Nov. 17. Three of their seven league games have been decided by five points or less including close decisions to Samford (65-69) on Jan. 12 and Chattanooga (65-70) on Jan. 10. Senior center Mike Groselle currently ranks second in the league in rebounding averaging 7.8 boards per game. The Citadel is 2-2 when playing CofC at home at TD Arena since the venue’s opening in 2008.
COUGARS ON THE AIRWAVES
Fans can listen to all CofC men’s basketball games throughout the 2012-13 season on ESPN Radio 910 AM in Charleston or via a live audio link at: www.charlestonsportsradio.com. Voice of the Cougars Jeff McCarragher and color analyst Everett German will call the action live from TD Arena on the College of Charleston Radio Network.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 33.3 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (14.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 31.6 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 28.8 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (6.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 24.0 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 32.9 min)
PROJECTED CITADEL STARTERS
#10 Marshall Harris III, G, 6-1, 180, So. (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 27.9 min)
#12 Ashton Moore, G, 6-0, 168, So. (6.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 21.2 min)
#30 Matt Van Scyoc, G/F, 6-6, 220, Fr. (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 29.5 min)
#44 P.J. Horgan, F, 6-8, 209, So. (7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.7 min)
#31 Mike Groselle, C, 6-8, 245, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 29.5 min)
The Cougars have won the last 11 consecutive games and lead 50-39 in the all-time series with The Citadel. The rivalry series dates back to a 25-7 win over the Bulldogs in 1901. They have won 19 of the last 22 meetings between the two schools. CofC is currently on a five-game win streak in the series including back-to-back regular-season conference series sweeps in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
LAST 10 GAMES IN THE SERIES
W, 73-69, at McAlister Field House on 1/14/13 (+4)
W, 55-47, at McAlister Field House on 2/25/12 (+8)
W, 83-64 at TD Arena on 12/1/11 (+19)
W, 85-63 at McAlister Field House on 2/17/11 (+22)
W, 87-66 at TD Arena on 1/15/11 (+21)
L, 65-72 at TD Arena on 2/8/10 (-7)
W, 61-55 at McAlister Field House on 1/9/10 (+6)
L, 58-72 at TD Arena on 2/14/09 (-14)
L, 63-72 at McAlister Field House on 1/24/09 (-9)
W, 66-48 at North Charleston Coliseum^ on 3/7/08 (+18)
THE RIGHT CONSISTENCY
Junior Anthony Thomas has found his groove as of late and is currently on a team-best, four-game double-digit scoring streak through conference play, while senior Andrew Lawrence has scored in double figures in three-straight contests and been the leading scorer for either team in the last three on the road at The Citadel (21 points) on Jan. 14, Georgia Southern (15 points) on Jan. 17 and Davidson (18 points) on Jan. 19. In the month of January, Thomas has scored in double figures in five of the team’s last six contests including a season-and career-high tying 13 points at Davidson. Meanwhile, Lawrence has reached double digits in eight of the last 10 with three 20-point outings.
• Coach Wojcik is 1-0 versus The Citadel coached by long-time friend Chuck Driesell. He is currently 4-4 lifetime versus Southern Conference opponents which includes a 0-1 record, while the head coach at Tulsa from 2005-12.
• With Thursday’s game being the last regular-season SoCon game between the two Lowcountry schools, Coach Wojcik and Coach Driesell have been on the record to ensure fans that the crosstown rivalry series will continue when CofC becomes a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) next season.
“We are definitely playing this game. They (The Citadel) are still in the All-Military Classic Tournament to start the season and we vary year-to-year in the ESPN Tournament which will be in Anaheim for us next year. Somewhere along the way, we have to fit the game in and a lot of times, scheduling comes down to dates. With the latter part of November and December with finals thrown in there, there’s not a whole lot of time, but we will find a date that works for both of us.”
• Wojcik is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to complete his five-year military commitment following graduation. He served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I. At the time, the NAPS team was coached by Driesell. The two coaches were roommates and developed a friendship that still exists today.
Davidson 77, CofC 68
• For the 15th time this season, CofC went with the starting five of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (11-4).
• With the win, Davidson improves to 51-14 in the all-time series with College of Charleston. It marked the Wildcats’ fourth-straight win at home in the rivalry series since CofC’s 2009 upset at Belk Arena.
• Andrew Lawrence became the 30th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point plateau on his first basket of the game – a three-pointer at the 19:04 minute mark of the first half. He turned in a game-high 18 points which marked his 12th double-figure game of the season. Lawrence is currently on a three-game double-digit scoring streak and has tabulated 1,015 career points to date.
• Anthony Thomas tied his career-high in points (13) and reset his career-best in field goals made (7) against Davidson. It was his fourth consecutive game in double figures.
• Redshirt senior reserve Matt Sundberg contributed eight points off the bench including two key three-pointers in each half to get the Cougars within striking distance of the Wildcats.
• For only the fourth time this season, CofC was outrebounded by its opponent, 37-28 (-9).
COUGAR SOUND BITES
“The series is 50-39, so over time, it’s been a really competitive series. There is a local flavor and local interest to it which helps the importance and relevance of it. It serves both schools very well for one city.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on the rivalry series with The Citadel
“Every game is a big deal for us. Every SoCon game has a little bit more of an importance to it nowadays. We just look forward to every game and being able to play at home in front of our fans. We’ve never had too many easy games home or away with The Citadel. It’s always the same intensity every time we play them. It’s always a great rivalry game. The Citadel is still a good team. They struggled out of conference, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to get wins and not going to turn it around. Anybody can be beat on any given night and I think we all know that very well.” – CofC Redshirt Junior Forward Willis Hall on the rivalry game, the intensity brought on by both teams due to the rivalry and The Citadel’s recent road win at Georgia Southern
“That’s just the way it is when we play each other. It’s very physical. They are a physical team and we are physical when we play them. We take it as any other game – we have to go out there and play our own game. We can’t do anything different than what we have been doing. (Mike) Groselle is a very good player and we will try to key in on him. We know we need to be a little more physical with him, because he is very strong. Adjehi (Baru) and I have to play the same way on Thursday night.” – CofC Junior Forward Trent Wiedeman on both team’s last meeting and how physical the game was at The Citadel