Georgia Southern Recap

18 Jan

Georgia Southern knocked off its second-straight South Division opponent with a 51-47 victory over College of Charleston in a see-saw battle held on Jan. 17 in Southern Conference action at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Cougars (12-6, 4-2 SoCon) let a four-point lead slip away in the final three minutes of the contest as their six-game, undefeated road streak came to an end at the hands of the Eagles (8-10, 2-3 SoCon).

A layup by junior forward Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and a free throw by sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 3:09 and 2:43 minutes marks gave CofC a four-point cushion, 44-40.

Defensively, both teams came into the ballgame as the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked league squads in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense. And it showed, as CofC and GSU both shot 34.0 percent from the floor (18-of-53) and 22.2 and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc respectively.

Georgia Southern would rattle off the next nine points sparked by a three-pointer by Cleon Roberts with 56 seconds remaining in regulation.

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) drained a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to give the Cougars’ one last shot, 49-47, but Roberts would be fouled and calmly sank both of his free throws to seal the Eagle’s second-straight home win in the series with CofC.

Lawrence ended the night with a game-high 15 points, while Thomas was the only other Cougar in double figures with 10. C.J. Reed led Georgia Southern with 14 points.

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The Citadel Recap

15 Jan

Four players scored in double figures as College of Charleston fended off the upset bid by crosstown rival The Citadel, 73-69, on Jan. 14 at McAlister Field House.

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, while sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) recorded his sixth career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds – his third-straight in the course of five days.

The Cougars (12-5, 4-1 SoCon) trailed 34-31 at halftime after a shooting barrage in the first half of play by the Bulldogs (3-12, 0-5 SoCon) who couldn’t miss and shot 58.3 percent from the floor (14-of-24).

Junior Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) opened the second half with a three-pointer to tie up the ballgame, 34-34. A jumper by Baru at the 17:18 minute mark shifted the momentum back the Cougars’ way for the first time since leading by eight with 15:51 on the clock in the first half.

But, The Citadel wouldn’t go down without a fight and built a seven-point lead on a layup by Matt Van Scyoc, 57-50, with 10:16 to go.

CofC quickly chipped away that lead on its next three possessions with a pair of three-pointers by sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) including his three at the 8:09 minute mark which gave the Cougars the 58-57 advantage.

The Bulldogs would tie up the contest twice more in the next eight-minute stretch including a gutsy three-pointer by Ashton Moore, 69-69, with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Lawrence would dribble down the court and make the jumper and calmly sank two free throws with 12 seconds left to keep the Cougars’ undefeated road record intact at 6-0.

Stitt ended the night with 14 points and Thomas with 10 points. Citadel big man Mike Groselle led the Bulldogs with a near double-double performance with 19 points and nine rebounds.

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Marist Recap

1 Jan

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (#RoadWarriors) used a balanced scoring attack to close out 2012 on a high note with an 85-75 road win at Marist on New Year’s Eve at McCann Arena.

The Cougars (9-4) are an undefeated 5-0 on the road this season which currently leads the nation among NCAA Division I schools, who remain unbeaten on the road. The Red Foxes (4-9) lost their third-straight contest as CofC racked up its highest-scoring output of the season (85).

Four players scored in double figures led by senior Andrew Lawrence (London, England) who registered a team-high 22 points – his second-straight 20-point outing in three days.

Sophomore Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) added 19 points including a pivotal steal and fastbreak layup at the 3:07 minute mark of the second half which put the Cougars ahead for good, 84-75.

Redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) turned in his fourth career double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) had 12.

CofC never trailed in the ballgame aside from the opening bucket made by Manny Thomas. Marist, however, made 9-of-20 three-pointers which kept them within striking distance of the Cougars for most of the two halves. Chavaughn Lewis fouled out, but led all scorers with a game-high 23 points.

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Vermont Recap

30 Dec

Senior Andrew Lawrence scored a game-high 21 points as College of Charleston kept its road streak intact with a 62-50 victory over 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Vermont on Dec. 29 at Patrick Gymnasium.

The Cougars (8-4) have now won three-straight and remain an undefeated 4-0 on the road this season. It was only the second loss for the Catamounts (7-5) on their home court this year as they attempted to avenge an 85-70 blowout in both team’s last meeting in a nationally-televised ESPN BracketBusters game held in the Lowcountry in 2011.

Sophomore Anthony Stitt added 19 points, while redshirt junior Willis Hall brought down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Cougars.

The game was close for the majority of the first and early second half as there were 12 lead changes in the ballgame and five ties. CofC, who led by only three at halftime, finally got out in front of Vermont on a layup by Lawrence with 5:58 remaining in regulation, 50-41.

Vermont was led by 11 points from Clancy Rugg off the bench and 10 points from Sandro Carissimo.

Lawrence and Hall previously played against the Catamounts in 2011, but knew it would be a whole different ballgame against this year’s UVM squad, who had held opponents this year to 32.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc. The Cougars went 7-of-14 (.500) which tied a season-best from three next to their road upset at No. 21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24.

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Coastal Carolina Recap

23 Dec

Sophomore Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a season-high 22 points as the College of Charleston rolled over Coastal Carolina, 60-51, in non-conference holiday basketball action held on Dec. 22 at TD Arena.

The Cougars (7-4) put together back-to-back home wins after defeating Old Dominion on Dec. 18. Coastal Carolina (4-6), who were just three days removed from a 23-point victory over Clemson on Dec. 19, never led in the contest and trailed by as many as 22 points late in the second half of play.

Charleston’s defense limited Coastal Carolina to 38.3 percent shooting (18-of-47) and outrebounded the Chanticleers, 37-28.

Stitt’s 22 points were due to effective outside shooting as he hit three three-pointers and made aggressive moves in the lane. Stitt knocked down a career-high seven free throws on nine attempts and shot 66.6 percent from the floor. He also dished out a season-high seven assists and had a steal.

Redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) played well in the paint, snatching a game-high four offensive rebounds and scoring eight points. He helped CofC hold an 11-6 edge in second-chance points.

Junior reserve Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.) had eight points with two treys, and senior Andrew Lawrence (London, England) tallied seven points, three assists and three steals. Sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) tied a career high with three blocks to go along with five boards and four points.

The Chanticleers were paced by Kierre Greenwood’s 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. El Hadji Ndieguene scored 14 points and had three rebounds. Big South Conference leading scorer Anthony Raffa and sophomore starting guard Warren Gillis were both held to zero points in the game.

Neither team was especially efficient at the beginning of the game as both squads went nearly five minutes without scoring from the 17:10 minute mark to 12:22. Three-pointers from Stitt and Lawrence built a nine-point CofC lead at 15-6 with 10:10 remaining in the half. Coastal cut the lead to six points (18-12) after an elbow jumper from Ndieguene with 7:01 remaining.

However, the Cougars clamped down on defense and allowed just three points over the next six minutes. Greenwood and Ndieguene each hit shots in the final minute to cut the Cougars’ lead to 26-19 at halftime.

CofC pulled away in the second frame thanks to five three-pointers that punctured the Chanticleer zone. A trey from Nori Johnson put CofC up 37-25, and then Stitt hit three free throws on a fouled trey and then knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Cougar lead to 16 points at the 9:11 minute mark.

Another Stitt three-pointer with 3:44 remaining helped put the game away as the Cougars took a commanding 58-36 advantage. The Cougar bench was only able to manage two points the rest of the way, and the Chanticleers were able to chip off the final margin.

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Louisville Recap

5 Dec

No. 5-ranked Louisville used defensive intensity and balanced scoring to come away from College of Charleston’s TD Arena with an 80-38 victory before a sell-out crowd of 5,117 fans on Dec. 4.

The Cardinals were the highest-ranked team to ever play on CofC’s home court and third-ever top 10 opponent to travel to the Lowcountry next to No. 7 Connecticut in 1995 and No. 9 North Carolina in 2010. U of L, coming off its 2012 Final Four appearance, forced 27 turnovers and converted those into 30 points off turnovers to hold the Cougars at bay.

The 2-for-1 series was born through the long-time friendship of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino and former CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins. It also was due to ties to family as Pitino’s youngest daughter, Jacqueline, is a junior education major at the College and her older brother, Richard, was a former administrative assistant on Tom Herrion’s coaching staff in 2004-05.

CofC was led by a strong double-double performance by sophomore big man Adjehi Baru, who tallied 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. Sophomore floor general Anthony Stitt was second on the team with seven points, while redshirt senior sharpshooter Matt Sundberg grabbed seven rebounds.

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Charleston Southern Recap

28 Nov

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team snuck away with a 72-67 win over Charleston Southern on Nov. 28 at Buccaneer Fieldhouse.

It was more than 16 years since both teams met in the small confines of the 881-seat venue, the smallest in all of NCAA Division I. Four of the last six contests leading up to the intercity rivalry game were decided in single digits – and this one didn’t disappoint by doing the same.

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) sank six free throws in the last minute and 40 seconds of regulation to give the Cougars (4-2) their third-straight victory of the season after upsetting No. 21 Baylor on Nov. 24.

Lawrence and sophomore point guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) both ended the night with a team-high 18 points, while junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) added 11 each.

The Buccaneers (1-5) got within one in the final seconds as CSU’s Arlon Harper drained a three-pointer with 41 seconds left on the clock, 68-67. But, the Cougars would hold on for intercity bragging rights.

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