CofC throttles Wofford
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Junior big man Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) came off the bench and scored a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds as College of Charleston got back to its winning ways on the road with a 79-50 rout of Wofford on Saturday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
The Cougars (14-7, 6-3 SoCon) avenged a regular-series sweep a year ago by the Terriers (8-13, 2-6), who had won the last three-straight meetings between the two schools extending to both team's matchup in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game in 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
CofC shot a season-best 59.2 percent (29-of49) from the field with 11 players contributing to its season-high scoring output (79) in league play. Defensively, the Cougars held Wofford to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and only 5-of-16 from beyond the arc (31.3 percent).
Rookie combo forward/guard Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) had a blazing second half as he registered all of his career-high 12 points on three made three-pointers which added to the fire show the Cougars would put on the Terriers from downtown. Sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) was the only other CofC player in double figures with 11.
Wofford's starters were also held to single digits in scoring as reserve Jarell Byrd led the Terriers with 15 points. It marked the largest margin of victory (+29) series in the last three games between the two South Division rivals since a 25-point rout by CofC (79-54) in 2011.
A two-game homestand is up next as the Cougars play host to Appalachian State (8-11, 4-4 SoCon) on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena.
For the 17th time this season, CofC used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (13-4).
With the win, the Cougars snap a three-game losing stretch in the all-time series with Wofford and improve to 7-2 on the road this season. They had not beaten the Terriers since a 79-54 win on Feb. 3, 2011 at TD Arena.
For the game, CofC shot a season-high 59.2 percent from the floor (29-of-49) and made a season-high 11 three-pointers (11-of-21). The Cougars have now shot 50 percent or better on five occasions this season.
Trent Wiedeman registered a game-and season-high tying 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. He also added eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action off the bench versus Wofford.
Anthony Stitt turned in his second-straight game in double figures with 11 points.
Andrew Lawrence dished out a game-high six assists with no turnovers. It marked his fourth game with six-or-more assists and first of the year with zero miscues.
Freshman combination guard/forward Theo Johnson also came off the bench and recorded a career-high 12 points on a career-best 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He also dished out a career-high three assists.
CofC is now 1-1 when donning its black Nike uniforms after debuting them in a 64-53 loss to St. John's in the opening round of the ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 15.
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On the road win
"We went 6-0 on the road to start the season and really the only bump in the road we had was the Georgia Southern game. We played a great game at Davidson. In my mind, we have had three really good games on the road now after a good game with Chattanooga at home (on Jan.12). During that stretch, I was most concerned about the fact we were not able to shoot the ball well. After the last 14 days, we really hadn't made threes and we scored 79 today and Andrew (Lawrence) and Adjehi (Baru) didn't score. But, it shows our depth and that our bench is getting better. I thought we played a really complete game tonight."
On Trent Wiedeman's break-out game
"He has been working his butt off to get himself to the point where he is at right now. He had some great looks down there. What a tandem he and Adjehi (Baru) are on the block now. People have to deal with them. You can see Adjehi is getting a lot of attention and they are just not sure of Trent. Now, Trent will get attention, because he really scored it, made the jump shot and showed a lot of different things out there tonight. Any time you are a kid picked first-team all-league and you are coming off surgery and rehab, it's good to see him get back to form. I'm really happy for him and our team."
College of Charleston Junior Forward Trent Wiedeman
On the road win ...
"Last year, we got beat pretty badly here and I think it stuck in a lot of people's heads. We knew we had to come out and play a really good game, because no matter what Wofford's record is, they are a really good team, are well coached, and on any given night, they can beat any team. We knew we had to step-up and play our game tonight. We definitely needed this road win. We had a great start on the road at 6-0 and the last two hurt (at Georgia Southern and Davidson). It feels really good to get back on track."