Cougars Get Ready For Midweek Test Against Appalachian State
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (14-7, 6-3 SoCon) vs. APPALACHIAN STATE (8-11, 4-4 SoCon)
January 30, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 17-12
Last Meeting: Appalachian State def. CofC, 93-81, on March 2, 2012 in SoCon First Round in Asheville, N.C.
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College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 14-7 (.667)
Eighth Year Overall: 154-99 (.609)
Appalachian State: Jason Capel
Third Year at ASU: 37-44 (.457)
Third Year Overall: 37-44 (.457)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
Former coach, former player and former teammate. These are the ties that usually bind any basketball team for a lifetime - unless, you happen to end on opposing ends as each person's path takes a different turn in the game of life. College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik will go up against his former player, Jason Capel, now in his third year as head coach of Appalachian State, for the second time of his coaching career, while CofC junior college transfer Anthony Thomas faces his former ASU teammates in a mid-week Southern Conference matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at TD Arena. Tipoff between the Cougars (14-7, 6-3 SoCon) and Mountaineers (8-11, 4-4 SoCon) is set for 7 p.m. (ET). CofC is riding a two-game winning streak with a regular-series sweep of crosstown rival The Citadel (69-54) on Jan. 24 and a road win at Wofford (79-50) on Jan. 26. The Cougars saw their most offensive production of the season, using their entire bench, against the Terriers setting season highs in scoring (79 points) and field-goal percentage (59.2 percent). They are currently two games back of league favorite Davidson in the SoCon standings with a 6-3 mark and have gone 2-1 versus North Division rivals this season. CofC looks to close out the month of January on a high note by sticking to its defensive principles, prior to the second half of conference play ahead.
SCOUTING APPALACHIAN STATE
The Mountaineers are 2-1 this season against South Division foes with a recent overtime win over Georgia Southern (64-62) on Jan. 24. They currently rank No. 86 nationally and third in the league in scoring offense (71.6 ppg) as of Jan. 27. Appalachian State may have lost three of its last four against conference opponents, but two were only by four points or less. Always a dangerous team, the Mountaineers have a quadruple option when it comes to scorers with four players averaging double figures including senior forward and leading scorer Nathan Healy (14.6 ppg).
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 32.7 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 31.3 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 28.3 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.9 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 32.1 min)
PROJECTED APPALACHIAN STATE STARTERS
#23 Mike Neal, G, 6-2, 185, So. (8.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 27.8 min)
#2 Tab Hamilton, G, 6-3, 180, So. (10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 31.4 min)
#35 Jay Canty, G/F, 6-6, 200, RS-So. (14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 30.3 min)
#11 Nathan Healy, F, 6-7, 210, Sr. (14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 34.3 min)
#4 Michael Obacha, F, 6-8, 215, Fr. (4.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.3 apg, 19.3 min)
CofC leads 17-12 in the all-time series with Appalachian State and has won six out of the last 10 meetings between the two schools. However, the Mountaineers are winners of three of the last five contests in the series including a 93-81 (+12) first-round win over the fourth-seeded Cougars in the 2012 SoCon Tournament on March 2, 2012 in Asheville, N.C. CofC is 3-0 when playing ASU at TD Arena since the venue's opening in 2008.
LAST 10 GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 81-93, at Asheville, N.C.^ on 3/2/12 (-12)
W, 74-62, at Boone, N.C. on 2/4/12 (+12)
L, 70-85, at Boone, N.C. on 2/24/11 (+15)
W, 73-64 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/22/11 (+9)
L, 54-77 at Charlotte, N.C.^ on 3/7/10 (-23)
W, 73-72 at Charleston, S.C. on 2/17/10 (+1)
W, 91-87 at Boone, N.C. on 2/16/09 (+4)
W, 88-80 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/21/09 (+8)
W, 68-63 at Boone, N.C. on 2/7/08 (+5)
L, 66-70 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/3/08 (-4)
Junior big man Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) has made steady progress as he has eased back into the lineup, since recovering from two ankle injuries which had him miss nine games this season. Wiedeman, a preseason All-Southern Conference Team selection, is coming off a break-out performance at Wofford where he led the team in scoring (17 points) and rebounding (eight rebounds) on Jan. 26 - numbers he saw on a regular basis during his rookie and sophomore campaigns as well as at the start of this year versus Towson and St. John's. Wiedeman is currently averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench and giving opponents a two-headed monster to deal with in the post with sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).
"It (the Wofford game) definitely helped my confidence. I really haven't been able to contribute significantly throughout this whole year, so it was really good to go out there and play like I know I can." - Trent Wiedeman
• Coach Wojcik is 0-1 lifetime versus Appalachian State in his eight years as a Division I head coach. He previously was an assistant coach at North Carolina under former head coach Matt Doherty from 2000-03 and coached ASU Head Coach Jason Capel during his junior and senior seasons with the Tar Heels. Wojcik is now 6-4 all-time versus SoCon opponents including a close 89-86 loss to App State and his former UNC pupil, while the head coach at Tulsa in 2010-11.
• Appalachian State connections are galore in this particular SoCon game. Former CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins led the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1979, while senior point guard Andrew Lawrence's father, Renaldo, was part of that ASU squad from 1978-79 and was drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the eighth round of the 1979 NBA Draft.
• Anthony Thomas, who is a JUCO transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, played his freshman season at App State from 2010-11. He played in eight games of the season averaging 1.1 points and 0.5 rebounds per game. Ironically, Thomas made his collegiate debut in ASU's season-opening win at Tulsa and turned in two points on Nov. 12, 2010.
"I look at every game the same way that I look at App State. They are really talented. I believe they are more talented than when I was there. They have a transfer that's pretty good who I'll have to step-up and guard. We're going to have to bring our A-Game on Wednesday night." - Anthony Thomas
• CofC redshirt freshman walk-on Harrison Bowne (Hickory, N.C.) is a transfer from Charleston Southern and has made 10 appearances in the lineup this season. Basketball is in his blood as his older brother, Davis, played at Appalachian State from 2004-08, and his father, Gary, at Emporia State.
CofC 79, Wofford 50
• For the 17th time this season, CofC used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (13-4).
• With the win, the Cougars snap a three-game losing stretch in the all-time series with Wofford and improve to 7-2 on the road this season. They had not beaten the Terriers since a 79-54 win on Feb. 3, 2011 at TD Arena.
• For the game, CofC shot a season-high 59.2 percent from the floor (29-of-49) and made a season-high 11 three-pointers (11-of-21). The Cougars have now shot 50 percent or better on five occasions this season.
• Trent Wiedeman registered a game-and season-high tying 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. He also added eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action off the bench versus Wofford.
• Anthony Stitt turned in his second-straight game in double figures with 11 points.
• Andrew Lawrence dished out a game-high six assists with no turnovers. It marked his fourth game with six-or-more assists and first of the year with zero miscues.
• Freshman combination guard/forward Theo Johnson also came off the bench and recorded a career-high 12 points on a career-best 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He also dished out a career-high three assists.
• CofC is now 1-1 when donning its black Nike uniforms after debuting them in a 64-53 loss to St. John's in the opening round of the ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 15.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"It's our next game and we are coming off a nice road win at Wofford. It's a Wednesday game which is kind of nice to be able to change up our routine a bit. They're (Appalachian State) a scary team. They score the ball as good as anybody in our league. They shoot the three well. They are in the Top 100 in the country in three-point shooting and they're in the Top 100 in points per game, so they've got talent. They had a great win against Elon, which I consider their best win. It's our next game, so we're trying to chase Davidson and we have to take care of our business." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on playing Appalachian State on Wednesday night
"I feel like we've played three really good games in a row. I thought we played well in the Chattanooga game, the Davidson game and even The Citadel game on the road. We've only played badly on the road one time this year out of nine games. As we go into February, as we get Trent (Wiedeman) healthy, as we work Adjehi (Baru) and Trent playing together - the chemistry gets better as we move forward. You can always take something from a win or a loss and I think our guys have done a good job of that." - Coach Wojcik on what the team took away from the road win at Wofford
"I don't think it's a big game for us, because of that. It's a big game, because it adds up. It's a conference game and we need it, because every conference game is valuable. We can't really afford to drop any more. We already let a couple go and we know we can't afford any more losses, so we have to come out and be ready to play. They (Appalachian State) have a lot of scorers, but we're a really good defensive team. It wasn't a perfect game at Wofford, but we played well and that's how we need to play every game, offensively and defensively." - CofC Junior Forward Trent Wiedeman on avenging a first-round loss to Appalachian State in the 2012 SoCon Tournament and the team gaining some confidence from the road win at Wofford
"We just need to stick to playing defense, rebounding and playing like we have been these last couple of games. That's one of our goals. The better we rebound, the better we play, so I feel like once everybody is in tune - defense, rebounding and everything else will fall into place. We know we are playing for something bigger, so we always keep that in mind. We still have a lot of season left to play. We are trying to stay humble and know we need to keep playing hard." - CofC Junior Small Forward Anthony Thomas on what worked for the team to attain the road win at Wofford and keeping an eye on the SoCon regular-season race