Tennessee Video Recap

31 Dec

The Cougars traveled to SEC powerhouse Tennessee and claimed their first road victory at a major conference school since 1995. The scoring combination of seniors Andrew Goudelock, Donavan Monroe and Jeremy Simmons led to the CofC’s 91-78 upset over the Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. It was UT’s worst home loss in double-digits since an 18-point loss to Kentucky in Southeastern Conference play in 2009.

Junior Antwaine Wiggins, a native of nearby Greeneville, Tenn., had close to 50 family members and high school friends in attendance and knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to open the game on a 6-2 run for the Cougars.

It was a family affair at Thompson-Boling Arena. Coach Cremins’ son, Bobby III, and his fiancé, Jen, sat and cheered on the Cougars behind the team bench, while Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl and his son, Steven, were on the other end of the sidelines as well as Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt sitting courtside and her son, Tyler, a freshman walk-on on the men’s team.

Prior to their five-day trip away from Charleston, the Cougars received a motivational pep talk given by former CofC star and NBA player Anthony Johnson (1993-97) on Wednesday during practice at Carolina First Arena, who emphasized senior leadership and playing a zone defense. CofC would go on to force Tennessee to an opponent season-low 37.5 percent shooting from the floor (30-of-80) and 27.8 percent from downtown (5-of-18).

It’s always great to see the interaction between former CofC Basketball Alumni with our current student-athletes. Also making the trip to Knoxville was former CofC standout Stacy Harris (1994-97) who joined play-by-play announcer Jeff McCarragher and color analyst Everett German at halftime on the radio broadcast.

Thank you to the ESPN2 crew comprised of director Brad Sheldon, producer Tim Sullivan, play-by-play announcer Mark Jones and color analyst and former Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried for spending time with us during practice on Thursday. Not a lot of people realize the man hours it takes behind the scenes to prepare for a broadcast. We need to get you all out to Charleston soon for another nationally-televised game, but glad we were able to give you and the nation a good show 🙂

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