Cougars Men’s Basketball Travel To Elon For SoCon Opener

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (4-2, 0-0 SoCon) vs. ELON (5-2, 0-0 SoCon)

Game #7

December 1, 2012 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Alumni Gym (1,607)

at Elon, N.C.

Television: None

Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)

Series History: CofC Leads 11-5

Last Meeting: Elon def. CofC, 99-98 (2OT), on Feb. 2, 2012 in Elon, N.C.

Live Webcast: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/elon-phoenix-athletics

Twitter: @CofCBasketball

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik

First Year at CofC: 4-2 (.667)

Eighth Year Overall: 144-94 (.605)

Elon: Matt Matheny

Fourth Year at Elon: 42-58 (.420)

Fourth Year Overall: 42-58 (.420)

RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)

Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher

Color Analyst: Everett German

TELEVISION (None)

College of Charleston Cougars Men's Basketball


GAME PREVIEW

Southern Conference play gets underway as the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (4-2) travels to Elon (5-2) for its league opener on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Alumni Gym in Elon, N.C. Tipoff between the Cougars and Phoenix is set for 7 p.m. (ET). Both teams currently lead the SoCon with the most wins on the season in their respective divisions, Elon with a league-and North Division-leading five victories and CofC with a South Division-leading four. The Cougars are winners of their last three including back-to-back road wins at No. 21-ranked Baylor (63-59) on Nov. 24 and preseason Big South Conference favorite Charleston Southern (72-67) on Nov. 28. Both squads feature a knack for three-point marksmanship as CofC is shooting a league-best 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and Elon 37.6 percent.

SCOUTING ELON

Elon has won five of its last six games including a 12-point road victory at South Carolina (65-53) on Nov. 21. The Phoenix are fresh off a league-opening 55-50 road win at Georgia Southern on Nov. 28. They are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lucas Troutman, who is averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as well as ranks in the top 20 nationally in blocked shots (2.7 avg.). Elon was picked to finish second in the North Division in the preseason SoCon coaches poll behind UNCG.

COUGARS IN SOCON OPENERS

The Cougars enter their 15th season as a member of the Southern Conference and are 11-3 all-time in league openers (.786). They are 5-1 when opening league play on the road. This weekend will mark the first time in three years that CofC will commence SoCon action on the road since a 77-69 win at Elon to start off the 2008-09 campaign. The Cougars have won their last five consecutive league openers dating back to the 2007-08.

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 32.7 min)

#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (14.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 27.2 min)

#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 31.3 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 18.8 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (7.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 32.8 min)

PROJECTED ELON STARTERS

#10 Austin Hamilton, G, 5-10, 180, So. (9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 25.9 min)

#20 Jack Isenbarger, G, 6-2, 180, Jr. (14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 31.1 min)

#24 Sebastian Koch, G, 6-8, 190, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 26.7 min)

#21 Ryley Beaumont, F, 6-7, 215, Jr. (9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 27.6 min)

#31 Lucas Troutman, F, 6-10, 215, Jr. (14.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 28.3 min)

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 Alumni Gym on the College of Charleston Radio Network.

FREE LIVE VIDEO STREAM AVAILABLE

There will be no television coverage for Saturday’s game at Elon, but a free live video stream will be available at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/elon-phoenix-athletics

INSIDE THE SERIES

College of Charleston leads 11-5 in the all-time series with Elon and have won four of the last five meetings between the two schools. The Cougars own a 6-4 mark in regular-season matchups. Aside from last year’s 99-98 double overtime loss to the Phoenix, CofC has won two of its last three road games at Elon. In that 2OT thriller, senior point guard Andrew Lawrence scored a career-high 32 points including 16 in the second half to help the Cougars cut a 23-point second-half deficit and force the extra periods of play. With the win, Elon snapped a four-game losing skid in the all-time series and earned its first victory over the Cougars since 2009.

LAST EIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES

L, 98-99 (2OT) at Elon, N.C. on 2/2/12 (-1)

W, 63-44 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/14/12 (+19)

W, 78-60 at Chattanooga, Tenn.^ on 3/5/11 (+18)

W, 85-67 at Elon, N.C. on 2/9/11 (+18)

W, 80-77 at Charleston, S.C. on 2/11/10 (+3)

L, 53-59 at Charleston, S.C. on 1/31/09 (-6)

W, 77-69 at Elon, N.C. on 12/4/08 (+8)

L, 61-75 at North Charleston, S.C.^ on 3/9/08 (-14)

^SoCon Tournament

LAWRENCE FOR THREE

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) continues to climb the charts in career three-pointers made with 158 to date which is tied for ninth all-time with former CofC standout Thomas Mobley (2001-04). He is among an elite list of sharp shooters named Goudelock and Busby to name a few. Lawrence is currently tied on the team with the most three-pointers made this season (10) next to sophomore point guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.).

COFC ALL-TIME TOP 10 CAREER THREE-POINTERS MADE LIST

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. Antwaine Wiggins (2007-12) – 174

8. Jeff Bolton (1998-02) – 166

9T. Thomas Mobley (2001-04) – 158

9T. Andrew Lawrence (2009-Present) – 158

COUGAR SIDEBARS

Coach Wojcik has never faced Elon in his eight years as a Division I head coach. Prior to taking over the helm of the CofC program, Wojcik had only faced a team from the Southern Conference once – a close 89-86 setback in Tulsa’s home opener to Appalachian State (0-1) in 2010-11.

It will be high school reunion time for CofC sophomore reserve guard Trevonté Dixon and two of his former classmates and teammates at the Christ School in Arden, N.C., in Elon junior guard Sebastian Koch and junior forward Lucas Troutman, who comprise the Phoenix starting lineup. All three were coached by head coach David Gaines and led the Greenies to a North Carolina Independent School state championship title with a school-record 37 wins in 2010.

When looking back at last year’s double-overtime setback at Elon, it was the first time the team scored 90-or-more points in a contest since defeating Dayton (94-84) in the NIT First Round on March 15, 2011 at TD Arena. The Cougars also trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half. It was one of the biggest second-half comebacks in recent program history behind a 25-point deficit in a 79-76 win over Temple in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 16, 2007 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN RECAP

CofC 72, Charleston Southern 67

For the third time this season, the Cougars used the starting five of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, junior Willis Hall and sophomore Adjehi Baru (3-0).

With the win, CofC continues to lead the all-time rivalry series with Charleston Southern, 52-23, and won its sixth-straight contest versus the Buccaneers. It marked only the third time both teams played at Buccaneer Fieldhouse next to 1992 and 1996.

The Cougars tied a season-high with nine three-pointers in the ballgame next to nine at Baylor on Nov. 28.

Andrew Lawrence had an impressive stat line with a career-high eight rebounds along with 18 points and six assists.

Anthony Stitt knocked down a season-high 18 points and is now on a four-game double-digit scoring streak.

As a team, CofC dished out a season-high 16 assists and outrebounded its opponents by the second-most margin of the season, 39-27 (+12). CSU was ranked No. 30 nationally in rebounds per game (41.4) and were held to 27 for the ballgame.

COUGAR SOUND BITES

“I’m not familiar with the rivalry in the sense that I’ve never played there with one of my teams, but (Head Coach) Matt (Matheny) has done a great job at Elon. They have the most wins in the league of all the schools. He has a great junior class with four really good players in it with (Jack) Isenbarger and (Lucas) Troutman both leading the way. They really shoot it well and run a five-man motion. You really have to guard them for entire shot-clock situations. They beat South Carolina at South Carolina, so they have a lot of confidence there and won their first league game on the road at Georgia Southern.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on playing on the road at Elon

“It would be nice to get off to a good start in the conference, on the road in particular. It’s one less road game we have down the road. It’s probably a similar gym and situation to what we saw at Charleston Southern. We’re prepared for it (the atmosphere) and we’ve seen it already, so it’s not going to be a shock to us. We’re looking forward to playing at Elon. It will be another big challenge for us on Saturday night.” – Coach Wojcik on opening up Southern Conference play on the road in another small venue

“The first game in SoCon play is very important to set the tone for the rest of the season. I didn’t play at Elon last year, because I was hurt (out with a broken hand), but know it will be a tough environment on the road. We lost in double overtime there last year, so we just have to go out and play our own game and play defense.” – Sophomore Guard Anthony Stitt on opening Southern Conference play on the road at Elon

“It was a good win for us, especially after coming off the Baylor win. Our coaches always emphasize that, ‘you are only as good as your next game.’ Going into this next game at Elon, our practice and preparation will be intense as always. We just need to stay focused. Conference play and road games are essential in preparing us for the SoCon Tournament and hopefully, playing in March.” – Freshman Guard/Forward Theo Johnson on the Charleston Southern victory and carrying the momentum into the team’s conference opener at Elon.

 

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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