Charleston Cougars Close Out Puerto Rico Tip-Off With George Mason


COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (1-3, 0-0 CAA) vs. GEORGE MASON (1-3, 0-0 A-10)

Game #5

November 23, 2014 • 11:30 a.m. (ET)

Coliseo Roberto Clemente (10,000)

at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Anthony Stitt - CofC men's basketball

Anthony Stitt
Courtesy of CofCSports.com

 

Television: ESPN3

Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)

Series History: CofC Leads 3-2

Last Meeting: George Mason def. CofC, 78-77, in CBI First Round on March 19, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.

Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCStats.com

Live Video: WatchESPN.com

Twitter: @CofCBasketball

 

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Earl Grant

First Year at CofC: 1-3 (.250)

First Year Overall: 1-3 (.250)

George Mason: Paul Hewitt

Fourth Year at GMU: 58-47 (.552)

18th Year Overall: 314-236 (.571)

 

RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)

Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher

Color Analyst: Everett German

 

TELEVISION (ESPN3)

Play-By-Play: Alvaro Martin

Color Analyst: Darrin Horn


GAME PREVIEW

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (1-3) will close out tournament play at the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off with an all too familiar face in George Mason (1-3) in the seventh-place game slated for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m. (ET) at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com. The Cougars are looking to turn the corner after starting off the tournament with close, single-digit losses to defending national champion Connecticut (L, 65-57) on Nov. 20 and Texas A&M (L, 59-50) on Nov. 21. They are the only squad thus far to come close to knocking off No. 17 UConn (-8), which remains an undefeated 3-0 on the early season, after 2014 NCAA Elite Eight participant Dayton fell 75-64 to the Huskies (-11) in the semifinals on Nov. 21. The Patriots are also searching for a win in the islands after back-to-back setbacks to West Virginia (L, 65-91) and New Mexico (L, 58-69). Both CofC and Mason will play in the first of four bracketed games scheduled on the final day, while unbeaten WVU will have its shot against UConn in the championship game. The Cougars seek to avenge a last-second loss to George Mason in the first round of the 2013 College Basketball Invitational (L, 77-78) and will have met the Patriots three times in the last four years in non-conference play. They went 1-2 in tournament play in their first-ever Puerto Rico excursion in 2007, behind its biggest comeback in program history – a 79-76 buzzer-beater against Temple. CofC joined the Colonial Athletic Association from the Southern Conference in 2013-14 after departures by VCU and Mason.

 

THE BOOK ON GEORGE MASON

The Patriots are in their second season as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference after spending 33 years in the CAA (founding member) from 1979-2013. They were picked to finish 13th in the preseason coaches poll on the wings of an 11-20 inaugural campaign in the new league under head coach Paul Hewitt. George Mason’s lone victory this season was a 63-60 home win over Princeton on Nov. 16. The Patriots, who are currently led in scoring by junior guard Patrick Holloway (16.8 ppg), went 1-2 in the 2009 edition of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and are making their second all-time tournament appearance in San Juan.

 

PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Cougars are one of four teams in this year’s tournament field to make their second all-time appearance at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off next to Dayton (2009), George Mason (2010) and West Virginia (2010). CofC is 1-4 all-time in tournament play as former standout Dustin Scott’s three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer completed the largest comeback in program history as the Cougars rallied from a 25-point halftime deficit to defeat Temple, 79-76, in second-round action to move on to the fifth-place game against Houston in the 2007 Tournament under former head coach Bobby Cremins.

 

COFC PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF ALL-TIME GAMES/RESULTS (1-4)

  1. Arkansas (L, 49-75) on Nov. 15, 2007
  2. Temple (W, 79-76) on Nov. 16, 2007
  3. Houston (L, 69-84) on Nov. 18, 2007
  4. #17 Connecticut (L, 65-57) on Nov. 20, 2014
  5. Texas A&M (L, 59-50) on Nov. 21, 2014

 

COUGARS ON THE AIRWAVES

Fans can listen to all CofC men’s basketball games throughout the 2014-15 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 the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on the College of Charleston Radio Network.

 

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#13 Joe Chealey, G, 6-3, 190, So. (11.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 29.3 min)

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 195, Sr. (14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 35.0 min)

#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 205, So. (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 32.0 min)

#15 Terrance O’Donohue, F, 6-7, 240, So. (0.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 11.5 min)

#33 David Wishon, C, 7-2, 265, Jr. (0.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 9.0 min)

 

PROJECTED GEORGE MASON STARTERS

#22 Marquise Moore, G, 6-2, 200, So. (5.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 31.0 min)

#3 Patrick Holloway, G, 6-1, 167, Jr. (16.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 31.8 min)

#10 Marko Gujanicic, F, 6-8, 225, Jr. (1.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 10.5 min)

#31 Jalen Jenkins, F, 6-7, 225, RS-So. (8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 23.8 min)

#14 Shevon Thompson, C, 6-11, 232, Jr. (11.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 27.3 min)

 

SERIES HISTORY

College of Charleston leads 3-2 in the all-time series with George Mason. However, the Patriots are currently on a two-game win streak in the series having beaten the Cougars on their home court in 2011 and 2013. CofC had won three straight versus Mason prior under former head coach Bobby Cremins (2006-12).

 

LAST FIVE GAMES IN THE SERIES

L, 77-78 (-1) on March 19, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.

L, 76-84 (-8) on Dec. 30, 2011 in Charleston, S.C.

W, 85-83 (+2) on Feb. 20, 2010 in Fairfax, Va.

W, 74-70 (+4) on Dec. 12, 1999 in Charleston, S.C.

W, 68-56 (+12) on Nov. 25, 1997 in Fairfax, Va.

 

GEORGE MASON FLASHBACK

A tip-in by Erik Copes with one second remaining in regulation led George Mason past host College of Charleston, 78-77, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on March 19, 2013 at TD Arena. The Cougars had led by as many as six in the final two-minute stretch, 77-71, on a three-pointer by senior point guard Andrew Lawrence with 1:48 left to go. The Patriots went on a 7-0 run thereafter to advance to the quarterfinal round against Houston. Jonathan Arledge made a layup at 1:31 and Bryon Allen knocked down a three-pointer at 1:24, which proved to be the difference down the stretch. Both teams traded the lead on six occasions including nine ties. George Mason led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Cougars managed to cut it down to single digits at halftime, 44-36. Former CofC standouts Andrew Lawrence and Trent Wiedeman contributed 14 and 11 points respectively in the loss.

 

COUGAR SIDEBARS

  • College of Charleston assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean and George Mason assistant coach Roland Houston are basketball alumni of the University of Rhode Island. Reynolds Dean played at URI from 1995-99 and was tabbed the 1996 Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year. He still ranks second all-time in career blocks (235) and third all-time in career rebounds (1,028). Meanwhile, Houston graduated in 1982, after being a part of two Top 20-ranked teams averaging double-figure points and rebounds during his senior season.

 

  • Seniors Anthony Stitt and Adjehi Baru are the only current Cougars on the roster to have played George Mason in both teams’ last two meetings and are 0-2 in their careers versus the Patriots. Stitt scored 19 of his game-high 21 points converting on 5-of-7 from long range in the 2013 CBI First Round matchup, while Baru recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. For Mason, Corey Edwards (10 points), Patrick Holloway (5 points and 2 steals), Vaughn Gray (2 rebounds) and Marko Gujanicic (5 points) are the only current players on its roster to check into the squad’s last contest with CofC. The Patriots advanced all the way to the CBI championship game that season.

 

  • Ironically and not pre-planned, the CofC men’s and women’s basketball teams will play George Mason on Sunday. The women are returning a home-and-home series with the Patriots and tip-off at 2 p.m. (ET) in Fairfax, Va.

 

TEXAS A&M RECAP

Texas A&M 59, CofC 50

  • For the first time this season, the Cougars went with the starting five of Joe Chealey, Anthony Stitt, Canyon Barry, Terrance O’Donohue and David Wishon (0-1). It marked Wishon’s first career start in 34 games played for the Cougars.
  • Texas A&M takes a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with College of Charleston. The Cougars are now 5-39 all-time against SEC opponents.
  • Anthony Stitt extended his double-digit scoring streak to four-straight games with a team-high tying 10 points against Texas A&M.
  • Joe Chealey notched his third-consecutive game in double figures with a team-high tying 10 points.
  • Glen Pierre, Jr., recorded career highs in points (8), field goals made (2), field goals attempted (4), free throws made (4), free throws attempted (7), rebounds (2), blocked shots (1) and minutes played (23), before fouling out of the game in the second half of play.
  • Adjehi Baru missed his first game after 80 consecutive games played dating back to his freshman year in 2011-12. He has only missed three games total in his CofC career due to injury.
  • CofC committed a season-high 17 turnovers which the Aggies converted into 16 points.
  • The Cougars also shot a season-low 36.7 percent (18-of-49) from the floor against Texas A&M. They held the Aggies to their lowest three-point field-goal percentage of the season (18.8%).

 

COUGAR SOUND BITES

“It’s good to play against a good Atlantic 10 team and old CAA opponent back before The College was in the Colonial. Obviously, both of us are 0-2 right now. It’s going to come down to who wants it the most on Sunday. We had a good meeting with our guys yesterday. I think they are really fired up and ready to play. We are hoping that we can come out of this tournament with some success at the end.” – CofC Head Coach Earl Grant on playing George Mason

 

“This is the third time for Adjehi (Baru) and I to play them. They (George Mason) are always a tough team and have a good basketball tradition (having made the NCAA Final Four in 2006). We lost to them twice, so we are really looking forward to this game, and of course, leave the island with a win.” – CofC Senior Guard Anthony Stitt on playing George Mason for the third time of his career