Haiti Mission Trip

20 May

For the second year in a row, members of the College of Charleston men’s basketball team helped others in need as they embarked on a four-day mission trip to Haiti on May 13-16.

Rising redshirt senior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) made his second consecutive trip to the Caribbean nation along with his younger brother, rising senior walk-on Judson Hall (Charlotte, N.C.). New to the fold were rising sophomore walk-on guard Chad Cooke (Bolingbrook, Ill.) as well as College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik and his wife, Lael.

Wojcik is the first-known Division I men’s basketball coach to make a service trip during the summer recruiting months. Last year, the group from CofC was preceded by the Oklahoma men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football teams, who make annual trips to Haiti through the Mission of Hope (MOH) organization.

The CofC Basketball program’s involvement began two years ago as Angela Mallen, a 2002 graduate and freelance sideline reporter for ESPN, shared her dream with Carolyn Cremins, the wife of former CofC head coach Bobby Cremins, and Jason Surratt, missions pastor at Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Mallen envisioned these mission trips to grow every year and involve varsity sports teams from her alma mater.

Last May, the group which included Mrs. Cremins, helped a deaf community located just outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince still recovering from the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti in January of 2010.

Mallen’s vision has been made possible through the partnerships of The 410 Bridge (www.410bridge.org) and Seacoast Church (www.seacoast.org). Based in Alpharetta, Ga., The 410 Bridge partners people and organizations with communities in Kenya and Haiti, building a bridge that, “utilizes our God given gifts to serve one another.” The organization’s vision is, “to see these partnerships transform the nations of Kenya and Haiti, while igniting a passion for missions in the church.”

Over the last year, the Hall brothers remained in constant contact with former 410 Bridge group leader, Stacy Williams, who e-mailed them pictures of the development of the community of Leveque.

“It was great to go back and see everyone again,” said Willis Hall, who was given a special sign-language name by the community leaders – considered the highest of honors. “We built great relationships with the people there last year and the bonding experience was even better this year.”

This year’s trip was extra special as Jason Surratt was joined by his brother, Josh, associate pastor, and his father, Greg, senior pastor at Seacoast Church. All members of the travel party learned basic sign language in preparation for the trip.

The group returned to Leveque to help build a rock cross for the newly-built church, painted houses, tended to garden work and played field games and basketball with community residents.

“The community has really grown since we last visited,” said Judson Hall, who is a religious studies major at CofC. “It was great to see everyone again and a lot of fun. Last year, it was a life-changing experience for my brother and I and we are blessed to have another opportunity to help the people of Leveque.”

Documenting the journey through video and social media were two CofC employees, Brooks Quinn, media specialist in the Office of Institutional Events, and Marlene Navor, director of athletics communications, both members of Seacoast Church along with Mallen. The group plans to unveil a video documentary upon arrival back in the U.S. in early June.

Video Music: Imagine by Taio Cruz

College of Charleston Basketball Camps

14 Mar

Team

The College of Charleston men’s basketball program will offer three different boys basketball camps this summer at TD Arena.

Registration is now open by going online at: www.cofcbasketballcamp.com. For more information, please contact the CofC men’s basketball office at: (843) 953-3081.

DAY CAMP (June 10-13, 2013)

This camp is for boys ages 6 through rising seniors and is divided into age groups. It is an introductory camp designed to teach campers basketball skills and activities. Campers will participate in skill activities and 5-on-5 games. Each camper receives a College of Charleston T-Shirt and basketball. Camp begins each day at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Early drop-off begins at 8 a.m. Campers that are full day ($280) receive a free lunch.

TEAM CAMP (June 14-15, 2013)

For Team Camp, please contact the CofC men’s basketball office for more details at: (843) 953-3081 or via email at:perruccia@cofc.edu.

ELITE CAMP (June 16, 2013)

Elite Camp will be held on June 16, 2013 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m., and is a one-day camp for boys (rising ninth grade through rising seniors) who are interested in receiving high-level coaching. Campers will receive instruction from the College of Charleston’s coaching staff and players. Lunch and a jersey will be provided.

2013 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON BASKETBALL CAMPS

Day Camp: June 10-13, 2013

Team Camp: June 14-15, 2013

Elite Camp: June 16, 2013

www.cofcbasketballcamp.com

Chattanooga Recap

10 Feb

Junior big man Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) came off the bench and registered his second double-double of the season with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds as College of Charleston survived a hard-fought 71-68 win on the road at Chattanooga on Feb. 9 at McKenzie Arena.

The Cougars (18-7, 10-3 SoCon) won their sixth in a row and recorded their fifth consecutive 10-win campaign in Southern Conference play – the first in the Doug Wojcik Era.

It didn’t come easy as the Mocs (9-15, 4-7 SoCon) looked to avenge both teams’ last meeting where CofC turned in its highest-scoring output of the season in an 86-59 rout on Jan. 12 at TD Arena.

In the first eight minutes of the ballgame, it would be a see-saw battle where neither team could pull away from each other with more than a four-point lead. A layup by senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) put the Cougars up by as many as seven, 29-22, at the 6:24 minute mark, but Z. Mason would score eight of his 17 first-half points in the final stretch of the half to keep Chattanooga in striking distance.

Sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) knocked down a three-pointer with eight seconds left to send the Cougars into the locker room with a 36-35 advantage.

CofC controlled the better part of the second half until its lead was chipped away again by three-pointers from Mason including a trey with 12:55 remaining to put UTC out in front, 54-53.

Five lead changes would follow and a dunk and a reverse layup by Wiedeman in the last three minutes of the contest helped secure the team’s ninth road win of the season.

Chattanooga’s Ronrico White, whose older brother Tony White, Jr., starred for the Cougars from 2006-10, drained a three-pointer with 1:05 left on the clock to get UTC within two, 68-66, but for the second-straight game, junior reserve guard/forward Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.) stepped up defensively and got a steal which led to him being fouled and making two free throws to add the cushion.

Mason led all scorers with a game-and career-high 27 points, while Lawrence and Stitt each had 13 for CofC. Junior small forward Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was the fourth Cougar in double figures with 10 points.

Video Music: Still On by Paul Wall

Samford Recap

8 Feb

College of Charleston overcame a five-point halftime deficit by stepping up its defensive pressure and shooting 56 percent in the second half to roll to its fifth-straight win in Southern Conference play with a 69-65 road victory at Samford on Feb. 7 at the Pete Hanna Center.

The Cougars (17-7, 9-3 SoCon) split the regular-season series with the Bulldogs (7-16, 5-5 SoCon) to avenge a 62-57 loss on their own home court a month prior on Jan. 10 at TD Arena.

Five players scored in double figures including the dominant inside play of sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), who registered his sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, and redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) with 10 points and seven rebounds.

After jumping out to a 13-4 run in the first five minutes of the ballgame, CofC struggled to find a shot that would find the back of the net. The Cougars went 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the floor and 0-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half of play. They went into the locker room trailing Samford, 31-26.

Junior reserve forward/guard Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.) scored all of his seven points in the second half in which he helped spark the Cougars to a run of their own to regain the lead on his made layup, 43-42, with 9:36 remaining in regulation.

CofC never looked back after that point and stretched its lead out to as many as 12 points on two made free throws by Johnson with one minute left on the clock, 62-50.

Samford wouldn’t go down without a fight and tossed up four desperation three-pointers, including three from Raijon Kelly in the final seconds, to force the Cougars to use their remaining timeouts to strategize and defend the last-second comeback by the Bulldogs. Kelly ended the night with a game-high 21 points.

Video Music: All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers

Wofford Recap

27 Jan

Junior big man Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) came off the bench and scored a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds as College of Charleston got back to its winning ways on the road with a 79-50 rout of Wofford on Jan. 26 at Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The Cougars (14-7, 6-3 SoCon) avenged a regular-series sweep a year ago by the Terriers (8-13, 2-6), who had won the last three-straight meetings between the two schools extending to both team’s matchup in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game in 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

CofC shot a season-best 59.2 percent (29-of49) from the field with 11 players contributing to its season-high scoring output (79) in league play. Defensively, the Cougars held Wofford to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and only 5-of-16 from beyond the arc (31.3 percent).

Rookie combo forward/guard Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) had a blazing second half as he registered all of his career-high 12 points on three made three-pointers which added to the fire show the Cougars would put on the Terriers from downtown. Sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) was the only other CofC player in double figures with 11.

Wofford’s starters were also held to single digits in scoring as reserve Jarell Byrd led the Terriers with 15 points. It marked the largest margin of victory (+29) series in the last three games between the two South Division rivals since a 25-point rout by CofC (79-54) in 2011.

Video Music: Titanium (feat.Sia) by David Guetta 

The Citadel Recap

25 Jan

College of Charleston bounced back from a tough two-game road trip with a big win at home over crosstown rival The Citadel, 69-54, in Southern Conference action held on Jan. 24 before a crowd of 4,118 at TD Arena.

The Cougars (13-7, 5-3 SoCon) never trailed in the contest and built a 25-point lead late in the second half over the Bulldogs (4-14, 1-7 SoCon). CofC swept The Citadel in the regular-season series and have now won six-straight games over its crosstown rivals.

Charleston held a 48-29 (+19) advantage in rebounds with the Cougars grabbing 16 offensive boards leading to 14 second-chance points. They also shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field and held the Bulldogs to just 36.5 percent (23-of-63).

Redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) led the squad with 14 points on a red-hot shooting night, going 7-of-8 from the field. Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) scored 12 points and dished out four assists, while sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) bounced back with 10 points on two three-pointers.

Sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) was once again strong on the boards as he grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with seven points and just one foul. Junior forward Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) grabbed seven rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

The Citadel was led by Mike Groselle and his 17 points and nine rebounds. The CofC defense held Matt Van Scyoc, who scored 17 in the first meeting of the series on Jan. 14, to just four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-2 lead early in the first half after two three-pointers from Lawrence and an offensive put-back from Baru. The Citadel cut the margin to 20-17 on a steal and three-pointer from Lawrence Miller, but CofC responded with a jumper from junior reserve Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.).

Stitt broke his scoring drought with a three-pointer late in the half and added two free throws in the final seconds to give Charleston a 31-24 halftime lead.

CofC slowly pulled away in the first eight minutes of the second half, going on a 9-0 run to build a 49-32 lead with 11:53 left after a layup from Hall. Hall hit another layup followed by a Stitt three to put the game out of reach with 7:49 remaining and the Cougars ahead by 19, 57-38.

Layups from reserves Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) and Trevonte Dixon (Florence, S.C.) gave the Cougars their largest lead at 69-44. The Bulldogs scored 10 points in the final minute against the CofC bench to bring the final margin to 69-54.

Video Music: Best Days by Eric Hutchinson

Davidson Recap

20 Jan

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) scored a game-high 18 including his 1,000th career point, but it wasn’t enough as College of Charleston fell on the road at Davidson, 77-68, on Saturday night before a sell-out crowd of 4,844 at Belk Arena.

Lawrence was one of three Cougars (12-7, 4-3 SoCon) in double figures along with 13 apiece from sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) and junior Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.). It was the second-straight Southern Conference loss for CofC against its two main South Division rivals.

The Wildcats (11-7, 6-1 SoCon) shot 48.1 percent from the field (26-of-54) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (21-of-24) to take a two-game lead in the divisional league race.

The first half went back-and-forth with six lead changes as CofC jumped out to an early 6-2 run capped by Lawrence’s milestone three-pointer at the 19:04 minute mark. He became the 30th player in school history to join the elite 1,000 career-point club.

The Cougars and Wildcats were both marred by a turnover prone first half with seven each. CofC’s largest lead of the game was five points on a free throw made by redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.), 7-2, at 18:39.

Davidson was led in scoring by De’Mon Brooks who had 17 and JP Kuhlman and Nik Cochran who both had 15 each. The Wildcats’ bench helped build their lead to 10 points at halftime, 44-34, thanks to 10 big first-half points by reserve Tom Droney who ended the night with 12.

The closest CofC got in the second half was on a three-pointer by redshirt senior Matt Sundberg (Kennesaw, Ga.) which cut the lead down to five, 64-59, with 6:12 remaining in regulation.

Video Music: Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian

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