College of Charleston (8-4) at Marist (4-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 31, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCann Field House (3,200) -- Poughkeepsie, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Charleston 4-4, Marist 2-2. Away Record: Charleston 4-0, Marist 1-4. Neutral Record: Charleston 0-0, Marist 1-2. Conference Record: Charleston 1-0, Marist 1-1. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAMES NOTES: The College of Charleston will try to extend a three-game winning streak before getting back to conference play when the Cougars travel to McCann Field House to take on the Marist Red Foxes on Monday.
With a 62-50 victory over Vermont on Saturday the Cougars were able to push their overall record to 8-4 thanks to their second winning streak of at least three games this season. Perhaps most impressive about Charleston's record is its perfect 4-0 mark in true road games.
A 56-46 defeat on the road against Hartford handed Marist its third loss in the last four games. The Red Foxes have struggled to a 4-8 overall mark. In four previous home game the Red Foxes have managed two wins and two losses.
This is the first-ever meeting between these programs.
Hot shooting in the second half carried Charleston past Vermont. The Cougars nailed 52.2 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half and outscored the Catamounts 21-9 from 3-point range in the game overall. Andrew Lawrence tallied 21 points, five assists and five rebounds, while Anthony Stitt dropped in 19 points.
The Cougars do not often post big scoring nights. On the year Charleston is averaging just 60.5 points per game which ranks 10th in the SoCon. Charleston really gets it done on the defensive end where the Cougars are allowing just 61.3 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting. The Cougars have also given up the fifth fewest assists (8.4 pg) in the country. Lawrence (13.2 ppg, 4.0 apg) missed a pair of games earlier in the season but has come to be the most consistent scorer on the roster. Anthony Stitt (11.0 ppg) is the only other player in double figures. Anchoring the Cougars in the frontcourt is 6-foot-9 center Adjehi Baru (9.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg), who leads the SoCon in rebounding.
Marist dug itself into a deep hole against Hartford by hitting on a miserable 3-of-17 shots in the first half. The Red Foxes improved only slightly in the second half to 36.7 percent shooting, while missing all but one of 12 shots from beyond the arc. Chavaughn Lewis needed 17 shots to rack up his game-high 16 points.
Like Charleston, Marist has not been an overly productive offensive team. The Red Foxes are netting only 60.7 points per game and shooting just 38.8 percent from the field. Unfortunately Marist doesn't make things any better for itself by allowing teams to net 67.8 points per game, while outrebounding the Red Foxes by nearly eight boards per game. It is normally Devin Price (14.9 ppg) leading the team on the offensive end, although Lewis (12.2 ppg) has also been reliable. Neither has been very efficient with each shooting less than 40 percent from the floor. Jay Bowie (7.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg) has been effective when given the chance and Adam Kemp (7.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is one of very few solid rebounders on the roster.
Charleston has not been phased on the road this year. Against a Marist team that hasn't scored well or stopped other teams from doing so, expect more road success for the Cougars.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 65, Marist 59
12/31 10:32:30 ET