Cougars Get Back On The Road Again at Samford, UTC
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (16-7, 8-3 SoCon) vs. SAMFORD (7-15, 5-4 SoCon)
February 7, 2013 • 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Pete Hanna Center (5,000)
at Birmingham, Ala.
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 12-1
Last Meeting: Samford def. CofC, 62-57, on Jan. 10, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.
Internet: Free Live Video at http://www.samfordsports.com/showcase/
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 16-7 (.696)
Eighth Year Overall: 156-99 (.612)
Samford: Bennie Seltzer
First Year at Samford: 7-15 (.318)
First Year Overall: 7-15 (.318)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
With seven games remaining in the Southern Conference regular-season race, the College of Charleston men's basketball team (16-7, 8-3 SoCon) looks to remain in the hunt of a first-round tournament bye with an important two-game road swing this week beginning with its second matchup of the season with Samford (7-15, 5-4 SoCon) on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala. Tipoff between the Cougars and Bulldogs is set for 8 p.m. (ET). They currently own the league's third-longest win streak having won four straight including an 81-59 victory over UNCG on Feb. 2. In both teams' first meeting, Samford prevailed with its first win in the all-time series in 13 tries (62-57) on Jan. 10 at TD Arena. CofC has been running on all cylinders offensively and defensively in its current run through league play. But, defense is still their cornerstone as the squad ranks No. 8 nationally and tops in the SoCon in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.0%).
After the program's first win over CofC nearly a month ago, Samford went on a four-game winning streak, but have fallen victim in their last three contests to UNCG (L, 64-66), Davidson (L, 51-71) and Elon (L, 66-77) - all of which were on the road. In fact, five of their last seven league games have been decided by five points or less. The Bulldogs are led by three double-figure scorers in freshman forward Tim Williams (14.6 ppg), sophomore guard Raijon Kelly (13.9 ppg) and freshman forward Clide Geffrard, Jr. (10.4 ppg). Samford currently stands in second place in the North Division standings with a 5-4 league mark behind Elon (8-2).
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 the Pete Hanna Center on the College of Charleston Radio Network.
LIVE VIDEO STREAM AVAILABLE
There will be no television coverage for Thursday's game at Samford, but a free live video stream will be available at: http://www.samfordsports.com/showcase/
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 32.7 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 31.5 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 28.5 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.8 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 31.7 min)
PROJECTED SAMFORD STARTERS
#10 Connor Miller, G, 6-3, 175, So. (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 33.7 min)
#11 Raijon Kelly, G, 6-4, 170, So. (13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 36.5 min)
#24 Will Cook, G, 6-4, 185, Jr. (3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 19.2 min)
#14 Clide Geffrard, Jr., F, 6-5, 215, Fr. (10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 27.0 min)
#32 Tim Williams, F, 6-8, 210, Fr. (14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 34.8 min)
A LOOK INSIDE THE SERIES
The Cougars lead 12-1 in the all-time series with old Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) rival Samford. CofC owns a 5-1 mark since the Bulldogs joined the SoCon in 2008-09. The Cougars have won five of the last six meetings between the two schools including a perfect 2-0 mark when playing on the road in Birmingham, Ala. Last season, CofC defeated the Bulldogs by a 16-point margin (68-52) on Jan. 30, 2012, and prior, a 78-67 victory in the Cougars' favor on Feb. 14, 2010.
LAST SIX GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 57-62 on 1/10/13 in Charleston, S.C. (-5)
W, 68-52 on 1/30/12 in Birmingham, Ala. (+16)
W, 75-49 on 2/21/11 in Charleston, S.C. (+26)
W, 75-54 on 2/6/10 in Charleston, S.C. (+21)
W, 78-67 on 1/14/10 in Birmingham, Ala. (+11)
W, 81-74 on 1/12/09 in Charleston, S.C. (+7)
The Cougars boast one of the best records on the road this season with an impressive 7-2 mark. They won their first six-straight road contests including a marquee win at No. 21-ranked Baylor (63-59) on Nov. 24 in Waco, Texas. CofC is tied with the third-most road victories this year among NCAA Division I schools. Stony Brook leads the way with 10 road wins followed by Bucknell with nine as of Feb. 4.
"Looking at the RPI, there are eight teams with seven road wins between No. 1 and No. 159 and we are No. 159. We have a great road record and have really good numbers in conference play. A lot of people didn't play Louisville, St. John's or Auburn for that matter. Our numbers are really good and I'm pleased with where the team is. For the most part, what I'm finding and what I'm learning, is it's about the here and now. It's about four weeks from now. We have to keep doing what we're doing and be in a position to get a bye (in the SoCon Tournament)." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik
MOST NCAA DIVISION I ROAD WINS THIS SEASON
1. Stony Brook (10-4)
2. Bucknell (9-3)
3T. Miami (8-1)
3T. Albany (8-2)
3T. Stephen F. Austin (8-2)
3T. Lehigh (8-3)
3T. Middle Tennessee State (8-3)
3T. UT Arlington (8-3)
3T. Louisiana Tech (8-3)
3T. Southern Miss (8-4)
3T. Bryant (8-4)
12T. Gonzaga (7-1)
12T. College of Charleston (7-2)
12T. Murray State (7-2)
12T. Oral Roberts (7-3)
12T. Weber State (7-4)
12T. Vermont (7-5)
12T. Norfolk State (7-8)
Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) continues to climb the CofC all-time career lists in scoring, assists and three-point field goals made. He has currently totaled 1,065 career points to date which ranks 28th-best in program history. The two-time Bob Cousy Award candidate and 2012 London Olympian is 11 assists away from turning in his second-straight 100+ assist season (89). He is 17 shy of breaking into the top 10 all-time with 360 career assists to date.
COFC ALL-TIME CAREER THREE-POINTERS MADE
1. Andrew Goudelock (2007-11) - 396
2. Marion Busby (1992-96) - 220
3. Tony White, Jr. (2006-10) - 219
4. Tony Mitchell (2001-05) - 216
5. Troy Wheless (1999-03) - 208
6. Dontaye Draper (2003-07) - 207
7. Andrew Lawrence (2009-Present) - 191
8. Antwaine Wiggins (2007-12) - 174
9. Jeff Bolton (1998-02) - 166
10. Thomas Mobley (2001-04) - 158
COFC ALL-TIME CAREER ASSISTS
1. Anthony Johnson (1993-97) - 520
2. A.J. Harris (1999-03) - 514
3. Mike Beckett (1988-92) - 431
4T. Mark McClam (1978-82) - 428
4T. Shane McCravy (1996-99) - 428
6. Andrew Goudelock (2007-11) - 424
7. Dontaye Draper (2003-07) - 392
8. Marion Busby (1992-95) - 390
9. Ed Nierstedt (1981-86) - 389
10. Ron Theis (1972-76) - 376
11. Andrew Lawrence (2009-Present) - 360
• Coach Wojcik is 0-1 versus Samford in his eight years as a Division I head coach. He is now 8-4 lifetime versus Southern Conference opponents with wins over Elon, Furman, Chattanooga, The Citadel (twice), Wofford, Appalachian State and UNCG this season.
• Coach Wojcik and Samford Head Coach Bennie Seltzer are the only first-year head coaches in the SoCon with the exception of UNCG Head Coach Wes Miller, who served as interim in 2011-12.
• College of Charleston will play a game in the state of Alabama for only the fourth time in program history. This will be the third time in the CofC-Samford series to face the Bulldogs on their home court. The Cougars last played a team in the Heart of Dixie at Auburn (L, 62-66) on Nov. 17, 2003 in Auburn, Ala., under former head coach Tom Herrion.
CofC 81, UNCG 59
• For the 19th 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 (15-4).
• With the win, the Cougars take a 21-9 lead in the all-time series with UNCG. They avenged a regular-season series sweep by the Spartans a year ago.
• Andrew Lawrence led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with a team-high 17 points along with a game-high six assists with just one turnover. He has tabulated 1,065 career points to date which currently ranks 28th all-time in the CofC record books.
• Junior forward Trent Wiedeman came off the bench and registered his 14th career double-double and first of the season with 14 points and a game-and season-high 12 rebounds.
• Willis Hall was just short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds versus UNCG. It marked his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season.
• Offensively, CofC scored its third-most points of the season with 81 and made its second-most three-pointers of the season with 10.
• The CofC defense held UNCG, who leads the SoCon in scoring offense (72.5 ppg), to its second-fewest points of the season (59) and lowest-shooting percentage from the floor (26.9 percent). The Cougars also held two of the top leading scorers in the league to under their average as Trevis Simpson (19.9 ppg) had only 15 points and Derrell Armstrong (15.4 ppg) eight.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"Bennie (Seltzer) is also a new coach in the league and is doing a great job at Samford. Even though they have won only seven games, I think in our league, they have done a really great job. They play off the ball screens, (Tim) Williams is a nice pick-and-roll guy, (Clide) Geffrard is multi-talented as a four player and I really like the (Raijon) Kelly kid. We are up nine with four more minutes to go and we lose the game - and it was a home game. It wasn't a particularly good night for us, but we're ready to go on the road, and hopefully, redeem ourselves from our last two-game road trip, which was Georgia Southern and Davidson." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on Samford and bouncing back from the earlier season loss to the Bulldogs at home
"We've been a pretty good road team all year. We just want to keep it going. We let a few get away on our last long road trip. The Samford loss at home was tough. We had to make some adjustments during the game. Their four man went out and hit some amazing shots. They can pick-and-pop and shoot the ball. That's pretty dangerous for any team and we're a pretty good defensive team, so I think we made the adjustments and we will be ready to play on Thursday." - Junior Forward/Guard Nori Johnson on going back on the road and being ready for the rematch with Samford
"We want that (first-round) bye. If we can't win the league, we definitely want that bye. There is a sense of urgency and I think you can see it every single day we come to practice. Everybody is riled up and we're all on the same page. It just feels like we're coming together every single day." - Johnson on the team's current four-game win streak as the SoCon regular-season winds down
"It's not about getting another chance. We gave them that game. We didn't play well at the end to maintain our lead. We had a lot of turnovers and they hit some three-pointers - that's why we lost the game. We can't be complacent. We just have to keep going in the right direction. We can't just step off the court after we start winning four-straight games and just be like, 'okay, we are good.' We just have to keep playing hard, practicing hard, and try to get where we want to go." - Sophomore Forward Adjehi Baru on getting a second shot at Samford after the loss at home and staying focused in league play even despite a four-game win streak