Cougars Host UNCG On CofC Homecoming Weekend
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (15-7, 7-3 SoCon) vs. UNCG (6-14, 4-5 SoCon)
February 2, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Television: MyTV Charleston/ESPN3
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 20-9
Last Meeting: UNCG def. CofC, 78-63, on Feb. 15, 2012 in Greensboro, N.C.
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 15-7 (.682)
Eighth Year Overall: 155-99 (.610)
UNCG: Wes Miller
Second Year at UNCG: 17-25 (.405)
Second Year Overall: 17-25 (.405)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
TELEVISION (MyTV Charleston/ESPN3)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse
The College of Charleston men's basketball team (15-7, 7-3 SoCon) carries a three-game win streak into its first meeting of the season with UNCG (6-14, 4-5 SoCon) on CofC Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 2 at TD Arena. Tipoff between the Cougars and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised locally on MyTV Charleston and carried nationally on ESPN3/WatchESPN.com. CofC will face a potent UNCG scoring offense which ranks No. 67 nationally averaging a Southern Conference-leading 72.5 points per game. The Spartans were one of two league schools next to Wofford to claim the regular-season series sweep over CofC a year ago. Defensively, the Cougars lead the pack in on-ball coverage limiting opponents to 59.1 points per game, a 39.2 shooting percentage from the field and a 27.7 percent accuracy from beyond the arc in league play. They are 3-1 versus North Division foes this season and have defeated their last three opponents by a double-figure margin including a 72-59 (+13) victory over Appalachian State on Jan. 30. CofC is currently tied with the second-most wins in conference play compiling a 7-3 record behind preseason divisional favorite Davidson (9-1) and Elon (7-2).
A LOOK AT UNCG
UNCG has won three of its last five games in league play, but most recently dropped a close 72-66 decision to Elon on Jan. 31. The Spartans boast two of the league's top scorers in junior Trevis Simpson (1st, 19.9 ppg) and senior Derrell Armstrong (5th, 15.4 ppg). They may lead the SoCon in scoring offense, but are allowing opponents to score a conference-high 74.8 points per game through all games played. Like CofC, UNCG always plays a tough non-conference schedule with early losses to BCS schools in Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Wake Forest and NC State. The Spartans are 2-2 versus the South Division this season and Simpson is the reigning SoCon Player of the Week after knocking down a career-high 41 points against Chattanooga on Jan. 27, tying the school's single-game scoring mark.
WATCH MYTV CHARLESTON
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PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 32.8 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 31.6 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 28.6 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.8 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 32.1 min)
PROJECTED UNCG STARTERS
#1 Drew Parker, G, 6-1, 178, Jr. (3.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 23.7 min)
#3 Derrell Armstrong, G, 6-1, 205, Sr. (15.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 27.0 min)
#00 David Williams, F, 6-6, 205, Jr. (5.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.8 apg, 22.9 min)
#15 Trevis Simpson, G/F, 6-4, 185, Jr. (19.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 29.3 min)
#13 Kayel Locke, F, 6-5, 240, Fr. (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.7 apg, 22.2 min)
College of Charleston leads 20-9 in the all-time series with UNCG. Last year, the Spartans swept the Cougars in the regular-season series between the two schools. Their first meeting at TD Arena in the 2011-12 campaign (L, 66-73) erased a five-game losing skid by UNCG in the series and also catapulted the Spartans on a seven-game run thereafter under then-interim head coach Wes Miller.
LAST EIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 63-78 in Greensboro, N.C. on 2/15/12 (-15)
L, 66-73 in Charleston, S.C. on 1/12/12 (-7)
W, 87-69 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/12/11 (+18)
W, 67-64 at Greensboro, N.C. on 12/7/09 (+3)
W, 69-56 at Chattanooga, Tenn.^ on 3/6/09 (+13)
W, 89-73 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/29/09 (+16)
W, 77-62 at Greensboro, N.C. on 12/6/08 (+15)
L, 67-75 at Greensboro, N.C. on 2/25/08 (-8)
A SPARK IN OFFENSE
The Cougars have been running on all cylinders offensively in their last three games of the season defeating opponents by an averaging scoring margin of +19.0 points per contest and a scoring output of 73.3 ppg. They closed out the month of January with a successful 6-3 record - a total flip-flop from a year ago when they went through the same monthly stretch 3-6. CofC has found its target and currently leads the league in field-goal percentage (44.5%) and is second to Davidson in scoring margin (+7.6) in SoCon only games. What has helped the Cougars in their offensive precision is their care for the basketball which has resulted in a 1.57 assist-to-turnover ratio (47-30) versus The Citadel, Wofford and Appalachian State.
CATEGORY Season Last Three Games
Points Per Game 64.6 73.3
Field Goal% 44.5% 49.1%
Assist/Turnover Ratio 0.80 1.57
• Coach Wojcik has never faced UNCG in his eight years as a Division I head coach. He is now 7-4 lifetime versus Southern Conference opponents with wins over Elon, Furman, Chattanooga, The Citadel (twice), Wofford and Appalachian State this season.
• This is the second game in a row with North Carolina Basketball ties as Coach Wojcik served as an assistant coach in Chapel Hill, N.C., from 2000-03 under Matt Doherty and UNCG Head Coach Wes Miller played for the Tar Heels under Roy Williams from 2005-07.
• UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record's son, Josh, is a six-foot freshman right-hander on the College of Charleston men's tennis team. He was a four-star recruit for the reigning Southern Conference men's tennis champions out of Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla.
APPALACHIAN STATE RECAP
CofC 72, Appalachian State 59
• For the 18th time this season, CofC went with the starting five of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (14-4).
• With the win, the Cougars continue to lead 18-12 in the all-time series with Appalachian State. They avenged a 83-81 first-round loss to the Mountaineers in the 2012 Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C. CofC has now won four consecutive home games versus ASU when played at TD Arena.
• It was former coach against former player as CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik went up against Appalachian State Head Coach Jason Capel for the second time in each of their coaching careers. Wojcik was an assistant coach at North Carolina during Capel's junior and senior seasons and tied up the coaching series at 1-1 with a loss to the Mountaineers, while the head coach at Tulsa in 2010-11.
• Andrew Lawrence reached double figures in scoring for the 15th time this season with a game-high tying 16 points against Appalachian State, the alma mater of his father, Renaldo, who played in Boone, N.C., for former CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins from 1978-79. It was Lawrence's fifth game in double digits in the last six contests in SoCon play.
• Anthony Thomas, who played his freshman season at App State from 2010-11, registered a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocked shots versus his former school.
• Trent Wiedeman came off the bench and has now contributed double figures in three of the team's last four contests with 10 points versus Appalachian State.
• Anthony Stitt turned in a near triple-double with 10 points, a season-high seven rebounds and six assists.
• The Cougars took care of the basketball with a season-low tying eight turnovers versus ASU. It tied eight miscues at Vermont on Dec. 29. For the game, CofC had an impressive 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio (16-to-8).
• CofC also made a season-high tying nine blocked shots behind Thomas (3), sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (3), redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (2) and junior reserve Nori Johnson (1).
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"The best offensive team in the league is Davidson. They have better schemes, discipline and guys who can shoot it. But, App State, UNCG and Chattanooga, they are athletic and can be explosive. Obviously, (Trevis) Simpson is the most explosive scorer in the league. There's no question about it. He is an ACC-level player and (Derrell) Armstrong is (San Francisco 49ers running back) Frank Gore in a basketball uniform. I have all the confidence with Anthony Stitt, our guys and Theo Johnson coming off the bench (defensively). Why wouldn't I hang my hat on our defense? We are holding opponents to 59 points a game in conference and held Appalachian State to 59 and at one point they had 13 points in the second half (on Wednesday night). The more we can contest shots and they miss shots - the more we can get out and run. That's where we are at our best - in transition offense." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on defending a high-scoring UNCG squad on Saturday night at TD Arena
"Since the road trip to Georgia Southern and Davidson, it was tough for us, but it taught us a lot. Ever since then, we have been hitting on all cylinders. We are going to stick to our defensive principles just like we do in every game against every opponent." - CofC Junior Small Forward Anthony Thomas on the team getting back into the groove of things offensively and what the Cougars need to do to keep themselves in the SoCon race
"They shoot a lot of threes and get the ball out in transition. Transition defense will be key in the game against them and we need to defend the three-point line. We struggled with that against Davidson and it will be a point of emphasis for us on Saturday night." - CofC Sophomore Guard Anthony Stitt on defending UNCG