Georgia Southern First Stop For CofC Cougars On Tough Two-Game Road Swing

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (12-5, 4-1 SoCon) vs. GEORGIA SOUTHERN (7-10, 1-3 SoCon)

Game #18

January 17, 2013 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Hanner Fieldhouse (4,358)

at Statesboro, Ga.

Television: None

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

Series History: CofC Leads 21-18

Last Meeting: CofC def. Georgia Southern, 58-53, on Feb. 23, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.

Internet: Free Live Video and Live Statistics at www.GSEagles.com

Twitter: @CofCBasketball

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik

First Year at CofC: 12-5 (.706)

Eighth Year Overall: 152-97 (.610)

Georgia Southern: Charlton Young

Fourth Year at GSU: 36-75 (.324)

Fourth Year Overall: 36-75 (.324)

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

Georgia Southern (7-10, 1-3 SoCon) will be the first stop on a tough, two-game Southern Conference road swing for the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (12-5, 4-1 SoCon) as the two South Division rivals battle it out on the hardwood on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (ET) at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Ga. The Cougars have won seven of their last eight games including a 73-69 victory at The Citadel on Jan. 14. Three contests in the course of six short days could prove taxing for CofC, but the team currently owns one of the best road records in the nation at 6-0. The Cougars are one of only 14 remaining unbeaten road teams and are tied with seven other NCAA Division I schools who boast the most road wins this season. Defensively, both teams rank No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in the league in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense with CofC holding opponents to 62.1 points per game and a 41.1 percent accuracy from the floor. The Cougars are currently tied for first place in the South Division standings with Davidson with 4-1 marks.

MOST VICTORIES AMONG CURRENT UNDEFEATED NCAA DIVISION I ROAD TEAMS

1. College of Charleston (6-0)

2. Wyoming (5-0)

3T. Louisville (4-0)

3T. Cincinnati (4-0)

3T. Creighton (4-0)

3T. Utah State (4-0)

MOST ROAD VICTORIES AMONG NCAA DIVISION I SCHOOLS

1T. College of Charleston (6-0)

1T. Murray State (6-1)

1T. Stephen F. Austin (6-1)

1T. UT Arlington (6-2)

1T. Bucknell (6-3)

1T. Louisiana Tech (6-3)

1T. Bryant (6-3)

1T. Norfolk State (6-8)

SCOUTING GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Georgia Southern claimed its first league win of the season with a 70-57 upset of preseason divisional favorite Davidson on Jan. 14, which snapped a three-game losing stretch for the Eagles. They were picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll behind the Wildcats and Cougars. GSU also pulled off a marquee win earlier this year at Virginia Tech out of the ACC (78-73) on Dec. 15 under fourth-year head coach Charlton Young. The Eagles are paced by junior guard Eric Ferguson, who currently ranks among the top 10 in the league in scoring (8th, 14.6 ppg) and rebounding (3rd, 7.6 rpg).

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 Georgia Southern on the College of Charleston Radio Network.

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 33.4 min)

#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 31.2 min)

#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 28.5 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 24.4 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, 33.1 min)

PROJECTED GEORGIA SOUTHERN STARTERS

#24 C.J. Reed, G, 6-3, 191, Sr. (11.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 33.6 min)

#11 Tré Bussey, G, 6-2, 175, Jr. (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 34.3 min)

#0 Cleon Roberts, G, 6-5, 177, Fr. (7.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 25.4 min)

#3 Eric Ferguson, G, 6-7, 210, Jr. (14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 29.9 min)

#34 Kameron Dunnican, C, 6-8, 215, So. (1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.5 apg, 11.1 min)

SERIES NOTES

CofC leads 21-18 in the all-time series with Georgia Southern. The Eagles ended an eight-game stronghold in the series by the Cougars in both team’s last meeting (L, 58-64) in Statesboro, Ga. Five of the last six contests between the two schools have been decided by 10 points or less.

LAST EIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES

W, 58-53, in Charleston, S.C. on 2/23/12 (+5)

L, 58-64 in Statesboro, Ga. on 1/21/12 (-6)

W, 65-61 in Statesboro, Ga. on 1/26/11 (+4)

W, 92-84 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/4/10 (+8)

W, 90-72 in Statesboro, Ga. on 1/30/10 (+18)

W, 68-59 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/3/10 (+9)

W, 81-68 in Statesboro, Ga. on 2/19/09 (+13)

W, 100-87 in Charleston, S.C. on 1/10/09 (+13)

WHAT 2 WATCH 4

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence looks to place himself among the list of Cougar greats who have reached 1,000 career points at CofC. He is 18 points shy of the honor and would become the 30th player in school history to reach the milestone with 982 career points to date.

COUGAR SIDEBARS

Coach Wojcik has never faced Georgia Southern in his eight years as a Division I head coach, but is now 4-2 lifetime versus Southern Conference opponents. Prior to taking over the helm of the CofC program, Wojcik had only faced a team from the league once – a home loss at Tulsa to Appalachian State (0-1) in 2010-11. He is currently 4-1 versus league foes in his first year and CofC’s final year in the SoCon.

Coach Wojcik will take part in his 250th career game against Georgia Southern on Thursday. The former Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State assistant has won 61 percent of his games since starting his Division I head coaching career at Tulsa in 2005-06.

It will be a Georgia homecoming for three CofC Peach State natives in redshirt senior Matt Sundberg (Kennesaw), senior Bart Benton (Monroe) and junior Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee). Two staffers will also return to their home state in assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim and video coordinator Richarde McCray both from Marietta, Ga.

Wiedeman played with Georgia Southern junior guard Tré Bussey in the 2010 GACA North-South All-Star Classic. Wiedeman starred at Greater Atlanta Christian, while Bussey was a standout at Lithia Springs High School.

THE CITADEL RECAP

CofC 73, The Citadel 69

For the 13th time this season, CofC went with the starting five of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (11-2).

With the win, the Cougars claimed their 50th win in the all-time series with crosstown rival The Citadel. Both teams will see each other again in 10 short days at TD Arena on Jan. 24.

CofC remains undefeated on the road with a perfect 6-0 mark which is the most wins among the 17 other schools in the country who remain unbeaten on the road this season. Wyoming is 5-0.

Andrew Lawrence turned in his sixth 20-point game of his career with a game-high 21 points. He has now tabulated 982 career points and is 18 points shy of his 1,000th career point.

Adjehi Baru registered his sixth career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds versus The Citadel. It marked his third-straight game with a double-double which marks a career-best stretch.

The Cougars knocked down a season-high tying nine three-pointers against the Bulldogs. They also had nine threes in road wins at No. 21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24 and at Charleston Southern on Nov. 28.

CofC took care of the basketball and had only 10 turnovers in the ballgame – just three in the second half of play. It was the team’s second-fewest miscues this season behind eight at Vermont on Dec. 29.

It was the first-ever meeting between two best friends in CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik and Citadel Head Coach Chuck Driesell. Both have known each other since the early 90’s when both coached and were roommates at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I.

COUGAR SOUND BITES

“It’s a good thing, but there is a lot of basketball left. When you like at all of these RPI rankings on conferences, whether it’s Conference USA or the Southern Conference, all of those conferences for the most part, are one bid leagues. It makes for great conference play and great games. It goes to show at the end of the day, we are all fighting for those three (tournament) days in March.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on Southern Conference play and Georgia Southern’s upset of Davidson on Monday night

“It is a quick turnaround – five games in nine days. We only have a one-day prep for Davidson. For me and my staff, it’s the first time we’ve seen these teams. Our kids have preconceived ideas about teams, but we don’t. Right now, we have prepared for Georgia Southern, because it’s the next game and then, we will go from there.” – Coach Wojcik on the quick turnaround between games

“Not that Baylor was hostile, but anytime you go to a ranked team’s home floor, it is tough. Vermont had a great crowd and we have seen a little bit of that already. Give our kids credit. They have really responded and performed well on the road.” – Coach Wojcik on traveling on the road in front of hostile environments

“Every game in the SoCon is tough and the Georgia Southern upset of Davidson really just proves it. Anyone is beatable. Davidson was the frontrunner of the conference, and now they have been beaten, so everyone is on an even playing field right now. We have two really tough road games at Georgia Southern and Davidson. But, we go in with a lot of confidence knowing we are 6-0 on the road right now. We have been playing really well on the road, but we know it will be another tough challenge for us and are looking forward to both matchups.” – CofC Senior Point Guard Andrew Lawrence on the tough two-game road swing at Georgia Southern and Davidson this weekend

“It will be hard game. I remember I didn’t play the first game (in the home-and-home series) against them (Georgia Southern) last year. Both games will be hard, but we have to focus on getting better and getting those two wins on the road.” – Sophomore Forward Adjehi Baru on the quick turnaround from The Citadel game to two more road games at Georgia Southern and Davidson

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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