Important Two-Game SoCon Home Stretch Ahead For Cougars
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (18-7, 10-3 SoCon) vs. DAVIDSON (17-7, 12-1 SoCon)
February 14, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Television: MyTV Charleston/ESPN3
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: Davidson Leads 51-14
Last Meeting: Davidson def. CofC, 77-68, on Jan. 19, 2013 in Davidson, N.C.
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 18-7 (.720)
Eighth Year Overall: 158-99 (.615)
Davidson: Bob McKillop
24th Year at Davidson: 443-278 (.614)
24th Year Overall: 443-278 (.614)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
TELEVISION (MyTV Charleston/ESPN3)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse
With six games remaining in the regular season, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (18-7, 10-13 SoCon) embarks on an important two-game Southern Conference home stretch versus two South Division foes who already claimed the first meeting of the season between the two schools. Reigning league champion and first-place Davidson (17-7, 12-1) comes into town with the SoCon’s current longest win streak at eight games, while the Cougars aren’t far off with the second-longest win streak at six games. Since going 0-2 on its mid-January road swing through Georgia Southern (L, 47-51) on Jan. 17 and Davidson (L, 68-77) on Jan. 19, CofC found a way and has not lost since that difficult road stretch. The rivalry rematch will pit the No. 66-ranked scoring offense team in the nation (72.6 ppg) against the No. 66-ranked scoring defense (61.6 ppg) team in the nation. Opposites attract, but as of late, the Cougars have stepped up their offensive production averaging 73.5 points per game and holding opponents to just 59.2 ppg. They are just two wins away from a 20-win campaign after going 19-12 overall a year ago and are currently second in the South Division standings behind a two-game lead by the Wildcats. Elon leads the North Division with a 9-3 league mark, and if the regular season ended today, CofC would own the No. 3 seed and first-round bye at the upcoming 2013 SoCon Tournament on March 8-11 in Asheville, N.C.
Davidson has been on a roll in league play since defeating The Citadel (70-38) on Jan. 17. The Wildcats’ only loss of the year came at the hands of Georgia Southern (57-70) exactly a month ago on Jan. 14 in Statesboro, Ga. Like its last meeting with CofC, the Wildcats still lead the nation with an 81 percent accuracy from the free throw line behind senior guard Nik Cochran, who has the best free-throw percentage among NCAA leaders shooting 94.6 percent (87-of-92 attempts). He is one of three preseason All-SoCon Team selections from Davidson along with senior forward and leading scorer Jake Cohen (14.0 ppg) and junior forward De’Mon Brooks (13.6 ppg).
WATCH MYTV CHARLESTON
Local affiliate MyTV Charleston can be viewed locally over the air on Channel 36.1, on Channel 36 for DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse subscribers as well as Channel 13 for Comcast, Knology and Time Warner cable subscribers in the Charleston, South Carolina, television market. MyTV Charleston also reaches as far as the Orangeburg, Walterboro and Georgetown areas.
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PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 32.7 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 31.9 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 28.8 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 23.4 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 31.7 min)
PROJECTED DAVIDSON STARTERS
#12 Nik Cochran, G, 6-3, 188, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 30.5 min)
#5 JP Kuhlman, G, 6-4, 195, Sr. (7.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 28.7 min)
#35 Chris Czerapowicz, G, 6-7, 200, Jr. (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 25.1 min)
#24 De’Mon Brooks, F, 6-7, 227, Jr. (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.7 apg, 26.6 min)
#15 Jake Cohen, F, 6-10, 235, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 26.0 min)
Davidson leads 51-14 in the all-time series with College of Charleston. The Cougars and Wildcats have both protected their home court in the annual rivalry series over the last three years. However, Davidson has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools in which the last two have been decided by nine points or less.
LAST SEVEN GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 68-77 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/19/13 (-9)
W, 86-78 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/11/12 (+8)
L, 69-87 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/19/12 (-18)
L, 64-75 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/29/11 (-11)
W, 82-73 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/2/10 (+9)
L, 71-86 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/28/10 (-15)
W, 67-55 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/5/09 (+12)
COUGARS IN THE RPI
The Cougars are currently rated No. 142 in the latest NCAA RPI Report released on Feb. 11, while Davidson is a league-best No. 110 and Georgia Southern No. 297. They moved up 15 spots from No. 157 a week ago. CofC has built its postseason resume with a strong non-conference schedule as well as one of the nation’s best road records (9-2) and wins over two major-conference opponents this year in Boston College (ACC) in the ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 18 and then No. 21-ranked Baylor (Big 12) on Nov. 18 in Waco, Texas.
CofC has always made a big push and a strong finish in their last six games of the regular season over the last four years. The Cougars have already turned in their fifth consecutive 10-win campaign in Southern Conference play – their first in the Doug Wojcik Era. Last year, they went 5-1 in their last six games of the season matching a 5-1 record in 2008-09.
COUGARS IN LAST SIX GAMES OF SEASON
Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) continues to climb the CofC all-time career lists in scoring, assists and three-point field goals made. He has currently totaled 1,088 career points to date which ranks 28th-best in program history. The two-time Bob Cousy Award candidate and 2012 London Olympian is seven assists away from turning in his second-straight 100+ assist season (93). He is also 13 shy of breaking into the top 10 all-time with 364 career assists to date.
COFC ALL-TIME CAREER THREE-POINTERS MADE
1. Andrew Goudelock (2007-11) – 396
2. Marion Busby (1992-96) – 220
3. Tony White, Jr. (2006-10) – 219
4. Tony Mitchell (2001-05) – 216
5. Troy Wheless (1999-03) – 208
6. Dontaye Draper (2003-07) – 207
7. Andrew Lawrence (2009-Present) – 193
8. Antwaine Wiggins (2007-12) – 174
9. Jeff Bolton (1998-02) – 166
10. Thomas Mobley (2001-04) – 158
COFC ALL-TIME CAREER ASSISTS
1. Anthony Johnson (1993-97) – 520
2. A.J. Harris (1999-03) – 514
3. Mike Beckett (1988-92) – 431
4T. Mark McClam (1978-82) – 428
4T. Shane McCravy (1996-99) – 428
6. Andrew Goudelock (2007-11) – 424
7. Dontaye Draper (2003-07) – 392
8. Marion Busby (1992-95) – 390
9. Ed Nierstedt (1981-86) – 389
10. Ron Theis (1972-76) – 376
11. Andrew Lawrence (2009-Present) – 364
• Coach Wojcik is 0-1 lifetime against Davidson in his eight years as a Division I head coach. He has compiled a 10-4 record versus Southern Conference opponents with wins over Elon, Furman, Chattanooga (twice), The Citadel (twice), Wofford, Appalachian State, UNCG and Samford this season. Wojcik has now led his squads to 10-win seasons in conference play over the last five years after his previous four teams at Tulsa won 10-or-more wins against Conference USA competition in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
• CofC’s Andrew Lawrence (London, England) and Davidson’s Ali Mackay (North Berwick, Scotland) were both teammates on the Under-20 Great Britain National Team in the summer of 2010. Lawrence, a senior, was a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team in 2012, while Mackay, a sophomore, last played internationally in the U-20 European Championships in 2011.
• Redshirt junior forward Willis Hall is one of three Queen City natives on the 2012-13 CofC roster next to sophomore guard Anthony Stitt and redshirt sophomore center David Wishon. Hall attended Charlotte Christian School and broke former Davidson All-American’s Stephen Curry’s career scoring record (1,440) with 1,545 points, while Stitt was rated the No. 46 point guard in the Class of 2011 by ESPN College Basketball Recruiting and the No. 1 point guard in the state of North Carolina out of David W. Butler High School. Wishon is redshirting this year after transferring from the University of Tulsa. He previously attended prep school at Fork Union Academy and played one season of basketball at First Assembly (N.C.) High School after three years at Concord (N.C.) High School.
CofC 71, Chattanooga 68
• For the 21st 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 (17-4).
• With the win, the Cougars now lead 18-11 in the all-time series with Chattanooga. They claimed the regular-season series sweep for only the fourth time since both teams became members of the SoCon.
• The Cougars won their ninth road game of the season (9-2) which is tied for the second-most road victories in the country with Albany (9-2) and Bucknell (9-3). Stony Brook is a nation-best 10-4.
• Junior forward Trent Wiedeman recorded his 15th career double-double and second of the season with a team-high 16 points and game-high 10 rebounds off the bench.
• Andrew Lawrence continues to climb the CofC all-time career scoring list as he turned in 13 points to give him 1,088 career points to date which ranks 28th in program history. He is currently on a four-game double-digit scoring streak.
• Anthony Stitt registered his sixth consecutive contest in double figures with 13 points, a career-best stretch, along with dishing out a game-high tying six assists versus the Mocs.
• CofC has now scored 70-or-more points in four of its last five contests in conference play.
• For the sixth consecutive game, the Cougars made 11-or-fewer turnovers including just nine against Chattanooga.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
“Our guard play, particularly at Georgia Southern and Davidson, was not up to par the last time we faced both teams. This past weekend, my back court played extremely well at Samford and Chattanooga. I think guards control play and post players win championships – like Davidson has. Fortunately for us, I think we have good perimeter and interior play right now. I have the utmost respect for Coach (Bob) McKillop, his 24 years of service and the program he has built at Davidson. I think any coach would like to have that sort of tenure and success over that amount of time. Davidson has seven upperclassmen and really experienced players. It was a good college basketball game the last time we played them. They just scored more than we did over a stretch of a four-minute period in the first half and beat us down the floor. It’s always fun to play in big games. They are the reigning (SoCon) champs and in first place. We are looking forward to the rematch and a good game on Thursday night.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on his guard and post play and the rematch with Davidson
“We’re hot right now. The last road trip was a really good one for us, getting both those wins at Samford and Chattanooga. We have to carry that momentum into Thursday’s game. We know it’s a really big game for us. Yes, we’ve had success lately, but we can’t let that get to our heads. We have to come out and play our best game. We have to play hard for the full 40 minutes and not have stretches where we let up like we did in our last game at Davidson.” – Junior Forward Trent Wiedeman on the team’s current six-game win streak leading into the big rematch with Davidson
“Whenever we play Davidson and Wofford, teams that have been historically good in our conference, it always seems like there is a really good atmosphere and energy surrounding these types of rivalry games. The games are usually very important and mean a lot, especially in the standings and getting closer to late February and tournament time where games mean more.” – Redshirt Junior Forward Willis Hall on the Davidson rematch and how important this two-game stretch is with six regular-season games remaining on the schedule