FACTS & STATS: Site: U.S. Cellular Center (7,200), Asheville, North Carolina.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: CofC 11-6, Elon 12-3. Away Record: CofC
11-3, Elon 8-6. Neutral Record: CofC 1-0, Elon 1-1. Conference Record: CofC
14-4, Elon 13-5. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 12-5.
GAME NOTES: The second-seeded Elon Phoenix and the third-seeded College of
Charleston Cougars will battle it out to keep their respective NCAA Tournament
hopes alive on Sunday when they meet in the semifinal round of the Southern
These teams only played once this season way back on Dec. 1. Charleston
clipped the Phoenix, 56-54, to collect a road victory and improve to 12-5 all-
time versus Elon.
Anthony Thomas scored 18 points and Adjei Baru registered a double-double of
14 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday to push Charleston to a 78-70 decision
over Western Carolina in the quarterfinals. Andrew Lawrence chipped in 16
points in the decision as the Cougars outscored the Catamounts 29-9 from the
charity stripe to overcome a game-high 17 turnovers. Coach Doug Wojcik's first
year at the helm of the program has already been a success, but his squad may
be talented enough to make a run at the tourney title. It has been 14 years
since the Cougars last went dancing.
Lucas Troutman tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the
second-seeded Phoenix held off the No. 10 seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans for a
68-61 victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Sebastian Koch led the Phoenix
with 15 points, while Ryley Beaumont and Jack Isenbarger added 12 and 11
points, respectively. The win improved the Phoenix's already new Division I
record total of wins (21). SoCon Coach of the Year Matt Matheny had to be
pleased with his team's performance at the foul line, where it outscored the
Spartans by nine points (18-9).
Charleston is just a middle of the road team offensively with an average of
65.1 ppg, however it is very adept on the other end of the floor where it
allows only 61.1 ppg. Lawrence, who played for Great Britain's senior national
team in the most recent Summer Olympics, paces the squad with 13.1 points, 3.9
assists and 1.4 steals per tilt. Anthony Stitt is a solid second option at
10.9 ppg while Baru provides 9.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing. Trent
Wiedeman and Anthony Thomas are solid role players for Charleston, which has
not lost to a SoCon rival other than Davidson since Jan. 17.
Elon has a pair of All-Conference honorees in Troutman and Isenbarger.
Troutman provides a team-best 15.1 ppg on 55 percent shooting from the field
to go along with 5.4 boards per tilt. He is also the program's all-time
leading shot blocker with 152 in his career. Isenbarger chimes in with 13.6
points and 2.7 assists per outing. The Phoenix own the second-best average
scoring margin in the SoCon at +4.9 ppg and limit their opposition to just 41
percent shooting from the field.
This should be a very closely contested bout just like the early December
meeting. Although Troutman is a very skilled player with serviceable role
players surrounding him, the Phoenix will have trouble keeping Lawrence out of
the title game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 62, Elon 60