Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Cougs Drop their Season Opener on the road @ UNCW in Over-time

The Cougars dropped their season opener to UNCW in OT. Obviously we didn’t get the outcome the Maroon Nation was looking for, but we did learn a few things from this road game; mainly, that this is a talented team and they are scrappy. (Photo courtesy of CofC Sports)

From the Den
Scoring the most points for a CofC freshman since Rod Conner dropped 29 points against South Carolina State back in 1993, freshman guard, Andrew Goudelock led the Cougs with 27 points. Jermaine Johnson put 19 points on the board and pulled down 9 boards. Charleston’s other “BMOC”, recent transfer; Dustin Scott scored 12-points (5-10) and had 6-boards for his first game as a Cougar. Tony White, Jr. was 6 for 13 with 15 points.

The Cougars shot 50% (15-30) from the field in the first and went into half-time tied with UNC-Wilmington at 36. The Cougs dropped in scoring percentage from the field to 45.9% (17-37) in the second half, but increased in percentage from behind the arc, hitting 36.4% (4-11) but the Seahawks’ Daniel Fountain with 27 points) and Vladimir Kuljanin who scored 25 points were able to hold of the Charleston attack to win 98-91.
The Cougars’ next game is against Arkansas in the San Juan Shootout November 15th.

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From the Post & Courier said...

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Freshman guard Andrew Goudelock's debut for the College of Charleston had all the makings of a great story ... if only the Cougars could have rewritten the ending.

Goudelock came off the bench to score 27 points, but UNC Wilmington beat the Cougars 98-91 in overtime Saturday night at Trask Coliseum in the season-opener for both teams.

"Andrew is an exciting player," said Charleston coach Bobby Cremins. "He's got a lot of talent. I'm trying to keep him toned and get him to work on his defense, but he has a lot of talent. He's exciting."

Goudelock made 11 of 21 shots from the field in 34 minutes of play, including five of 11 from 3-point range.

It was the second-highest point total by a freshman in Charleston history. Rodney Conner scored 29 points in the Cougars' 70-57 victory over South Carolina State Nov. 29, 1993, in the second game of the season.

"It was an uplifting thing to play like that in my first college game, but it would have been much better with a win," said Goudelock. "This could have set the tone, but it still made a statement. That team had a lot more experience than we did and we still hung with them."

Neither team led by more than four points in the second half, but when the game reached overtime tied at 83, UNC Wilmington took charge.

The Seahawks made their first four shots of overtime while the Cougars were 0-for-3 with a turnover. UNC Wilmington's eight-point lead with 2:40 to play loomed large.

Jermaine Johnson made a 3-pointer with 2:17 to play to give the Cougars a glimmer of hope, but hope faded in a flurry of missed shots and one costly turnover.

UNC Wilmington made six of seven shots from the field in overtime to Charleston's three of 10.

It was the first time in 125 games that the Cougars had scored 84 or more points and lost, and the loss broke a four-game winning streak against the Seahawks.

UNC Wilmington, which started four seniors, got 27 points from guard Daniel Fountain and 25 from center Vladimir Kuljanin.

"We beat a really good team tonight," said UNC Wilmington guard T.J. Carter. "It was a team we hadn't had much success against. They shoot the ball really well and they played hard."

UNC Wilmington outrebounded the Cougars 53-43.

"They were physical and they were tough