Cougars To Face Marist Before Ringing In The New Year
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (8-4, 1-0 SoCon) vs. MARIST (4-8, 1-1 MAAC)
December 31, 2012 • 4:00 p.m. (ET)
McCann Arena (3,000)
at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: None
Internet: Live Statistics and Pay-Per-View Video at www.goredfoxes.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 8-4 (.667)
Eighth Year Overall: 148-96 (.607)
Marist: Chuck Martin
Fifth Year at Marist: 35-105 (.250)
Fifth Year Overall: 35-105 (.250)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
The College of Charleston men's basketball team (8-4, 1-0 SoCon) will have a quick one-day turnaround in preparation for a first-time New Year's Eve meeting with Marist (4-8, 1-1 MAAC) on Monday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. (ET) at McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Cougars have won three in a row and seven of their last nine contests including a 62-50 victory at Vermont on Dec. 29. CofC will look to close out non-conference play on a high note, until its ESPN BracketBusters home game in February. The Cougars are currently the only team in the Southern Conference to remain unbeaten on the road this season with an impressive 4-0 mark. Only 20 other NCAA Division I schools in the country (who have played a road game) remain undefeated on the road. CofC leads the elite group with the most away victories to date ahead of a four-way tie between DePaul, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah State who have compiled a 3-0 road mark. The Cougars will next ring in the New Year with a three-game league homestand beginning with Furman on Jan. 5.
MOST VICTORIES AMONG CURRENT UNDEFEATED NCAA DIVISION I ROAD TEAMS
1. College of Charleston (4-0)
2T. DePaul (3-0)
2T. Wyoming (3-0)
2T. New Mexico (3-0)
2T. Utah State (3-0)
6T. Illinois (2-0)
6T. Minnesota (2-0)
6T. Louisville (2-0)
6T. Arizona (2-0)
6T. San Diego State (2-0)
6T. Creighton (2-0)
MARIST AT A GLANCE
Marist will look to snap a two-game losing skid after dropping a 10-point decision at Hartford (L, 46-56) on Dec. 22. Like CofC, the Red Foxes have played a tough non-conference slate with the likes of BCS teams in West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Clemson. They return two preseason All-Metro Atlantic Conference Team performers in sophomore forward Chavaughn Lewis (second team) and senior guard Devin Price (third team). Marist was picked to finish eighth in the MAAC preseason coaches poll after finishing with a 14-18 overall record in 2011-12.
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 Marist on the College of Charleston Radio Network.
LIVE VIDEO AVAILABLE
Monday's game at Marist will be streamed live online via a pay-per-view option on the Red Fox Network at: www.goredfoxes.com.
A LITTLE NORTHERN EXPOSURE
The Cougars last played a game in the state of New York at Fordham (W, 73-68) on Nov. 24, 2007 in Bronx, N.Y., under former head coach Bobby Cremins, and at Canisius (W, 81-72) on Dec. 18, 2003 in Buffalo, N.Y., under former head coach Tom Herrion.
LOOKING AT THE RPI
College of Charleston is currently rated No. 83 in the latest CBSSports.com College Basketball RPI Rankings as of Dec. 30 - the highest-rated team out of the SoCon. The Cougars annually rank high in the RPI indexes due to their tough non-conference slates.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 33.3 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 29.4 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 29.8 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (6.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.1 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (9.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 33.9 min)
PROJECTED MARIST STARTERS
#11 Isaiah Morton, G, 5-8, 170, So. (7.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 28.8 min)
#0 Devin Price, G, 6-1, 170, Sr. (14.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 35.8 min)
#40 Chavaughn Lewis, F, 6-5, 185, So. (12.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 32.3 min)
#20 Jay Bowie, F, 6-5, 210, Jr. (7.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.9 min)
#50 Adam Kemp, C, 6-10, 235, Jr. (7.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.3 apg, 25.1 min)
The road has been very kind to the Cougars this season. Of their 12 games to date, four have been away from the friendly confines of TD Arena as CofC beat Baylor (+4) on Nov. 24, Charleston Southern (+5) on Nov. 28, Elon (+2) in its league opener on Dec. 1 and Vermont on Dec. 29 (+12) for a perfect 4-0 record. On the road, the Cougars are shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, 47.3 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the charity stripe - all percentages higher than their overall season averages in all three categories.
CATEGORY OVERALL ROAD
FG% 44.1 47.1
3PT% 38.5 48.3
FT% 63.6 67.7
COUGARS AGAINST THE MAAC
The Cougars are 4-2 all-time versus opponents from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference including prior contests with Canisius (2-0), Rider (1-1) and Saint Peter's. CofC's last meeting with a MAAC school was a 72-67 victory over Rider in the CofC Classic on Dec. 30, 2005.
• Coach Wojcik has never faced Marist in his eight years as a Division I head coach - nor has one his Tulsa or CofC squads played a school from the MAAC.
• Coach Wojcik, who is the all-time winningest coach at the University of Tulsa with 140 career victories, and Marist Head Coach Chuck Martin have Conference USA ties. Prior to Marist, Martin was an assistant coach at Memphis under former head coach John Calipari from 2006-08 and at St. John's under former head coach Norm Roberts from 2004-06.
• CofC is 3-2 this season when playing first-time opponents. The Cougars defeated Boston College (ACC), Baylor (Big 12) and Old Dominion (CAA) in first-ever meetings between the two schools, but lost to St. John's (BIG EAST) and Anderson (NCAA Division II).
CofC 62, Vermont 50
• For the eighth time this season, the Cougars used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (7-1).
• With the victory, CofC now leads 2-0 in the all-time series with Vermont. It was the program's first trip to the state of Vermont in the 103-year history of Cougar Basketball.
• The Cougars remain undefeated on the road with a 4-0 record away from the friendly confines of TD Arena. The Catamounts became the fourth road victim this season next to Baylor, Charleston Southern and Elon.
• Andrew Lawrence recorded his fourth career 20-point game with a game-high 21 points. He also dished out five assists and had five rebounds. Lawrence also made two three-pointers in the contest to move into eighth all-time in career three-pointers made (167) over former CofC great Jeff Bolton (166).
• Willis Hall turned in his sixth double-figure rebound game with a game-high and season-high tying 12 boards versus Vermont.
• Offensively, CofC limited its miscues in the ballgame with a season-low eight turnovers, but was outrebounded for only the third time this year, 38-34 (-4).
• Anthony Stitt turned in back-to-back games in double figures with 19 points to go along with his 22-point outburst against Coastal Carolina on Dec. 22.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"They (Marist) kind of run a Princeton-style offense which has some unique movements. Fortunately for us, we played against some of that against Boston College (on Nov. 18). We are all together on the road and there are really no distractions. The kids have done a great job of staying focused. We are trying to keep them off their feet, stretch and continue to get healthy. The more we can win and get to the point where we get Trent (Wiedeman) back - will make us a stronger team." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on playing on the road and at Marist on Monday
"It is a quick turnaround for us. The one good thing is the Charleston Classic helped us with quick turnarounds. This weekend, is very similar to what we will see the rest of the year, which will be a Thursday-Saturday format. While this is a Saturday-Monday format, it will only help us prepare in a quick-time frame, and ultimately, help us get ready for the conference tournament, where we hope to play three games in four days instead of four games in four days." - Coach Wojcik on the quick one-day turnaround between the Vermont and Marist games this weekend
"It will be another tough road game. We are looking to improve on our 4-0 record on the road. They (Marist) have really good personnel and run somewhat of a Princeton Offense which is always hard to guard." - Senior Point Guard Andrew Lawrence on having a one-day turnaround to prepare for Marist