COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (3-2, 0-0 SoCon) vs. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (1-4, 0-0 Big South)
November 28, 2012 • 7:30 p.m. (ET)
CSU Fieldhouse (881)
at North Charleston, S.C.
Television: MyTV Charleston/ESPN3
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 51-23
Last Meeting: CofC def. Charleston Southern, 70-68, on Dec. 17, 2011 in Charleston, S.C.
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 3-2 (.600)
Eighth Year Overall: 143-94 (.603)
Charleston Southern: Barclay Radebaugh
Eighth Year at CSU: 89-127 (.412)
Ninth Year Overall: 110-135 (.449)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Everett German
Color Analyst: Danny Johnson
TELEVISION (Charleston Sports Network/ESPN3)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse
Riding a two-game winning streak after claiming a big road win at No. 24/21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24, the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (3-2) looks to continue the momentum heading up Highway 26 for an intercity rivalry match with Charleston Southern (1-4) on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the CSU Fieldhouse in North Charleston, S.C. Tipoff between the Cougars and Buccaneers is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised locally on MyTV Charleston and carried nationally on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com. For only the third time in school history, CofC and CSU will play in the small confines of the 881-seat Buc Dome since a 72-69 overtime thriller between the two squads on Feb. 19, 1992 under legendary head coach John Kresse in the program’s first NCAA Division I season and a 92-71 win by the Cougars with the all-star cast of Anthony Johnson, Rodney Conner, Stacy Harris, Sedric Webber, Thaddeous Delaney, Jermel President and others on Jan. 8, 1996. All later meetings, when hosted by CSU, were contested at the North Charleston Coliseum, which was built in 1993. Picked by Dick Vitale as the “Shock of the Week” in his weekly ESPN awards released on Nov. 26, the Cougars have moved past the Baylor upset and will have their hands full with the Bucs, who have compiled a 36-9 record (.867) in their home facility over the last four years.
A LOOK AT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
The Buccaneers were selected as the preseason favorite to win the South Division of the Big South Conference falling to UNC Asheville in the tournament semifinals a year ago. They currently rank No. 30 nationally in rebounds per game (41.4) and No. 22 in three-point field goals per game (9.0 avg.). Like CofC, CSU has faced a tough non-conference schedule with two road losses against BCS teams in No. 12-ranked Arizona out of the Pac-12 (82-73) on Nov. 11 and Alabama out of the SEC (59-46) on Nov. 23. Freshman reserve Malcolm Bernard is currently tied as the national leader in free-throw percentage going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe this season.
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.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is currently available to approximately 70 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 33.4 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 25.8 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 29.8 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (5.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 apg, 17.0 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (6.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 32.2 min)
PROJECTED CHARLESTON SOUTHERN STARTERS
#5 Saah Nimley, G, 5-8, 155, So. (11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 31.4 min)
#0 Arlon Harper, G, 6-1, 170, So. (11.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 25.6 min)
#23 Mathiang Muo, F, 6-5, 217, Sr. (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.6 apg, 31.0 min)
#15 Paul Gombwer, F, 6-6, 215, So. (7.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 27.8 min)
#35 Allie Fullah, F/C, 6-8, 235, Jr. (2.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.2 apg, 15.0 min)
CofC leads 51-23 in the all-time intercity rivalry series with Charleston Southern. The Cougars have won the last five consecutive meetings between the two Lowcountry rivals including a close 70-68 (+2) decision over the Buccaneers on Dec. 17, 2011 at TD Arena. Former CofC standout Antwaine Wiggins led the Cougars with a double-double performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four of the last six contests in the series have been decided in single digits.
LAST SIX GAMES IN THE SERIES
W, 70-68 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/17/11 (+2)
W, 77-69 in North Charleston, S.C. on 12/15/10 (+8)
W, 87-74 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/16/09 (+13)
W, 93-83 at North Charleston, S.C. on 11/20/08 (+10)
W, 79-70 at North Charleston, S.C. on 1/28/07 (+9)
L, 80-84 (OT) at North Charleston, S.C. on 12/2/06 (-4)
CofC has held its last five opponents of the season to a combined 60.6 points per game which leads the Southern Conference in scoring defense. In their last outing, the Cougars held Baylor to its second-lowest scoring production of the season with 59 points and second-lowest shooting percentage from the floor (39.3%). CofC is 2-1 when holding the opposition to 60 points or less this season.
CLEANING THE GLASS
Rebounding has been a big improvement in the Doug Wojcik Era. The Cougars have outrebounded all five of their opponents this season by a +5.6 rebounding margin. CofC last ended the season with more production on the boards than its opponent in 2006-07 (+0.2). Sophomore big man Adjehi Baru, who is the team's leading rebounder, currently ranks No. 43 nationally in rebounds per game (9.2) which is second-best in the SoCon.
COUGARS DIAL IT UP
The Cougars connected on a season-high nine three-pointers against Baylor on Nov. 24. They currently rank No. 43 in the country in three-point field goal percentage shooting from long range at a 39.7 percent accuracy. Four players are shooting better than 40 percent from downtown including junior Nori Johnson (44.4%), senior Matt Sundberg (42.9%), senior Andrew Lawrence (40.0%) and sophomore Anthony Stitt (40.0%).
ON THE HORIZON
CofC, picked to finish second in the South Division, will open up league play this weekend at Elon on Dec. 1 in Elon, N.C. From there, they will then face their second top 25 opponent in the span of four games in a home rematch with No. 5-ranked Louisville on Dec. 4 at TD Arena.
• Coach Wojcik has never faced Charleston Southern in his eight years as a Division I head coach. However, he is an undefeated 2-0 against Big South Conference schools with a pair of wins versus the Blue Hose in back-to-back seasons at Tulsa in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
• CofC will have played in two of the smallest NCAA Division I gyms in back-to-back seasons after playing at the 1,039-seat Kimbel Arena, former home to Coastal Carolina Basketball on Dec. 22, 2011 (W, 77-70) in Conway, S.C.
• CofC senior point guard Andrew Lawrence and CSU junior forward Allie Fullah are both natives of London, England, and played together on the Under-20 Great Britain National Team in the summer of 2010. Lawrence served as team captain on the U-20 squad which would prepare him for his role and eventual path of becoming a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team this past summer.
CofC 63, Baylor 59
• For the second time this season, the Cougars used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, junior Willis Hall and sophomore Adjehi Baru.
• With the win, the Cougars take a 1-0 lead in the all-time series versus Baylor. It marked CofC's first win over a top 25 opponent since an 82-79 overtime win over No. 9-ranked North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2010.
• CofC claimed its sixth ever win over a top 25 opponent next to wins over UNC (2010 and 1998), Maryland (1997), Stanford (1996) and Georgia Tech (1993). Of those victories, it was only the program's second-ever road win over a ranked opponent since an 84-67 victory at No. 8 Georgia Tech on Jan. 16, 1993.
• The Cougars also claimed their first-ever victory over an opponent hailing from the Big 12 Conference (prior to realignment) in three tries (lost to Oklahoma State in 1996 and Nebraska in 1994).
• Adjehi Baru turned in his fourth career double-figure rebounding game with a season-high 15 boards including a career-best 14 on the defensive end.
• For the fifth consecutive game, the Cougars outrebounded their opponents, 37-34 (+3).
• CofC connected on 9-of-18 three-pointers for the game and shot a season-best 50 percent from downtown including three each from Andrew Lawrence and junior Nori Johnson off the bench.
• The Cougars faced four consecutive BCS opponents for the first time in school history with Baylor (Big 12) and last week's meetings with St. John's (BIG EAST), Auburn (SEC) and Boston College (ACC) in the ESPN Charleston Classic.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"It is a small gym, but there are a lot of different environments we all have to go to. To play a road game, where it's just up the road from us, is nice. I'm sure it will be incredibly loud, but we just have to adapt. We have moved past the Baylor game, because you are only as good as your next game. We are two different programs with good, young teams. He (Barclay Radebaugh) is a good, young coach who has moved their program in the right direction. They played three pretty tough road games against a big, ranked team in Arizona. They were in it the whole game with Alabama and Charlotte recently won the Great Alaska Shootout. We just have to play our game. How do you prepare for Baylor, when they have three NBA players? Is the building going to win the game, or, the players going to win the game? That's the realistic way of looking at it." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on playing in the smallest Division I gym in the country at Charleston Southern
"I've never been to that gym before, but I'm really looking forward to it. It should be a really good game against a really good team. Last year, we played them in a really tough game here at TD Arena. We know how good they are and aren't taking them lightly at all. We have to be focused in every game we play. Every game is just as important as the last one. Coach (Wojcik) always says, 'you are only as good as your last game.' Moving forward, we are completely focused on this game and not thinking about the Baylor game. We go in there with some confidence (from the Baylor game), but expect a really tough matchup tomorrow night." - CofC Senior Point Guard Andrew Lawrence on preparing from a tough environment at Charleston Southern