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Cougars Top Catamounts In ESPN BracketBusters, 85-70

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          Release: 02/19/2011
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior All-America candidate Andrew Goudelock (Stone Mountain, Ga.), sophomore Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Donavan Monroe (Waxhaw, N.C.) combined for 66 points to lead College of Charleston to an 85-70 rout of Vermont in an ESPN BracketBusters game held Saturday before a sell-out crowd at Carolina First Arena.

The Cougars (21-7), who have now won six-straight games, used a 25-0 first-half run to snap Vermont’s 10-game winning streak which was the third-longest in the nation. Goudelock turned in a game-high 24 points, while Monroe had 20.

CofC led 14-11 when it scored the next 25 points for a 39-11 advantage, holding the America East Conference regular-season champion Catamounts (22-6), scoreless for 6:08. Hall scored 11 of his career-high 22 points, including seven in a row, during the outburst.

The Cougars had 21 assists, only eight turnovers and outscored Vermont 24-9 off turnovers. They also shot 54.8 percent from the floor (34-of-62) and never allowed the Catamounts into any type of rhythm.

CofC will host Samford (12-16, 4-12) in its regular-season home finale on Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. (ET) at Carolina First Arena. The Cougars need one more win to secure the Southern Conference regular-season title and automatic NIT bid.

Tickets can still be purchased for the Samford game by calling 1-843-953-COFC (2632) or visiting the CofC Athletics Ticket Center online at www.CofCSports.com/tickets.

Senior Night ceremonies will take place prior to tipoff and fans are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. (ET) to honor the careers of seniors Andrew Goudelock, Donavan Monroe, Jeremy Simmons, Garrett Campbell (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and Jordan Turok (Chapin, S.C.).

• For the fifth time this season and fifth-straight game, CofC used the starting lineup of senior Donavan Monroe, senior Andrew Goudelock, junior Antwaine Wiggins, sophomore Willis Hall and freshman Trent Wiedeman (5-0).
• CofC saw its sixth sellout crowd of the season and 13th overall in Carolina First Arena history with 4,874 fans in attendance for the Black Out Game on ESPNU.
• With the victory, the Cougars take a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Vermont and improve to an undefeated 7-0 all-time against schools hailing from the America East Conference.
• CofC is now 4-1 all-time in ESPN BracketBuster games and has won its last four-straight appearances in the event. The Cougars beat VCU in 2005, Georgia State in 2006 and George Mason in 2010.
• The Cougars have now scored 85-or-more points this season on nine occasions including their last four contests against Elon (85), UNCG (87), The Citadel (85) and Vermont (85). They scored a season-high tying 52 first-half points next to 52 first-half points at Holy Cross on Nov. 13.
• CofC led by a season-best 28 points at halftime. They previously led by 20 points at halftime versus Western Carolina on Jan. 20.
• For the second-straight contest, Willis Hall reset his career-high in points with 22 including a personal-best 17 in the first half of play. It marked his third 20-point game of his career along with 21 points at The Citadel on Feb. 17. He also made a career-high three dunks versus the Catamounts.
• Andrew Goudelock continues to climb the Southern Conference all-time leading scorers list with 2,349 career points to date. He surpassed John Taft of Marshall (2,332) for sixth with a game-high 24 points against Vermont. He also contributed seven of the team’s 21 assists.
• Hall, Goudelock and Donavan Monroe combined for 66 of the team’s 85 points in the ballgame. It marked the first time this season to have three Cougar players with 20+ points against an opponent.
• The Cougars are now an unbeaten 4-0 when wearing their gold uniforms this season with wins over Toledo, Appalachian State, Furman and Vermont.
• Former men’s basketball standout and CofC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Marion Busby (1992-95) was honored at halftime. Busby led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 1994 under legendary head coach John Kresse and still ranks eighth all-time in career scoring with 1,504 career points (fifth in CofC Division I history) and second all-time in career three-pointers made (220).

College of Charleston Head Coach Bobby Cremins
On the game …
“That was an exciting first half. (Andrew) Goudelock got it going and the crowd got behind us. We had about an eight-minute stretch there that was fantastic. That was the difference in the game. They just caught us in that eight-minute time frame where everything went right for us and things didn’t go well for them. I couldn’t believe it when I looked up at the score and the margin. In the second half, we just wanted to maintain it and keep it going. We are fortunate we had a home game (for BracketBusters). Last year, we had to go to George Mason and that was tough. If we were playing at Vermont, today could have been a little different. Vermont is a lot better than that. The game got away from them a little early on and that’s the difference. I’ve been in both positions. They couldn’t get into their style of play. They are disciplined and fundamental and couldn’t get their game going the way they wanted to. They can do a good job of dictating the game. We just started throwing up some bombs and making them.”

On the team’s balance …
“Willis Hall is playing well. We are trying to get Trent (Wiedeman) and our inside game going. Trying to get some balance. Sometimes we get a little crazy trying to execute on offense. We are trying to get James Carlton back in the groove. Antwaine (Wiggins) is playing better and Donavan (Monroe) is playing great. We are still finding ourselves. We are a different team (without Jeremy Simmons). I’m learning a lot about this team as we go along.”

College of Charleston Senior Guard Andrew Goudelock
On the first half of play …
“We just came out there really focused. We didn’t know much about them. We heard they were a really good team. We just wanted to come out and do the things we could control and some defensive rebounding. It was another good game shooting the ball and a lot of people scored again. We didn’t have a lot of turnovers and we had a lot of assists.”

College of Charleston Sophomore Forward Willis Hall
On his play and what he has been eating for breakfast the last two weeks …
“Actually, I haven’t been eating at the cafeteria. I eat at Jack’s (Café) every morning. I feel like we played pretty well tonight. I got lucky. I have teammates that look for me. We were able to come out strong in the first half and we were just feeling it. We were able to keep on rolling with it. I don’t feel like I’ve been doing anything different. Luckily, the ball has been rolling my way and my shots have been falling. I am just praying to the good Lord that they keep on falling right on into the tournament. Most of the time, my points come off of trying to help Drew (Goudelock) out, because he gets doubled a lot.”

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