Western Carolina Video Recap

20 Jan

The Cougars’ 93-64 rout of Western Carolina on Thursday night at Carolina First Arena will be remembered for many years to come. Two historic milestones would be set. First, a 36-year-old scoring record rewritten by one of the greatest players to ever don the Maroon and White, and second, a special place in the NCAA Division I record books for one of the top college basketball coaches of all-time in fifth-year head coach Bobby Cremins.

Preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock scored a game-high 29 points en route to becoming the school’s all-time career scoring leader. Goudelock entered the game needing just 18 points to surpass former CofC standout Ken (Gus) Gustafson who recorded 2,135 career points from 1971-75.

Ironically, he would do it the signature “Goudelock way” on a floating jumper off the dish from sophomore Andrew Lawrence with 2:12 remaining in the first half as the Cougars rebounded from a tough road loss at Chattanooga three days prior. The historic win also sealed Cremins’ 100th career victory at The College as he now joins a short list of 11 all-time head coaches to record 100-or-more victories at three different NCAA Division I schools including his former mentor and college coach, the late Frank McGuire, who coached St. John’s, North Carolina and South Carolina from 1948-61. Cremins also coached at Appalachian State from 1976-81 and Georgia Tech from 1982-2000.

Prior to the game, senior Donavan Monroe reunited with fellow Fork Union Military Academy alum in Western Carolina senior forward Blake Gallagher who he also played with for four years at Parkwood High School under head coach Bobby McGeen.

Goudelock was surprised when he saw his parents, Marvin and Angela Austin, and his two younger brothers in the stands as the family made the five-hour drive to and from the Atlanta area on a school night to witness their son’s accomplishment. Drew’s parents have been to most of our home and road games this season and I’m so happy they were able to attend!

He had to hold back tears in the postgame press conference and thanked his parents for being supportive throughout his life. Senior Jeremy Simmons lightened the mood when he joked around that he was shocked Goudelock broke the record “so quickly” before halftime LOL 🙂

Both players posed for pictures and signed autographs with youngsters from Hollywood, S.C., after the game. Isn’t it great to see our student-athletes serving as positive role models to today’s youth? On another note, thank you to the many CofC Athletics department staff for pulling off all the stops to make sure this past week’s record-setting milestones were first class. I know our student-athletes appreciate everyone’s efforts.

It was a great week for CofC in the national spotlight as I hear Rece Davis mentioned Goudelock during College GameDay on ESPN2 on Saturday morning (Thank you to Andy Katz, Jay Williams and the College GameDay producers for recognizing him) and although it wasn’t our best game of the season, we made Sports Illustrated this week in a four-page feature story and pictorial on Morehead State and NBA prospect Kenneth Faried. There’s a great shot from an above the rim camera of Faried and sophomore Andrew Lawrence which SI shot on Jan. 2 in Morehead, Ky. You can’t buy publicity like that, good or bad, so Coach Dupree, you get an A+ from me for scheduling even though Coach Cremins gave you a C+!!

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