College of Charleston (6-7) at Davidson (4-9)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 1, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Belk Arena (5,223 -- Davidson, North Carolina.
Television: None. Home Record: Charleston 3-4, Davidson 1-2. Away Record:
Charleston 2-1, Davidson 2-3. Neutral Record: Charleston 1-2, Davidson 1-4.
Conference Record: Charleston 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Series Record: Davidson
GAME NOTES: The new year tips off with a couple of former Southern Conference
rivals getting together in North Carolina, as the Davidson Wildcats host the
Cougars from the College of Charleston.
Playing at home for just the fourth time this season, the Wildcats are
currently struggling with a four-game slide. The last two outings were against
a pair of nationally-ranked programs in North Carolina and Wichita State, with
the Wildcats dropping the former in overtime by a score of 97-85, and then
falling in an 81-70 final in the latter this past Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Cougars have been largely inconsistent on the campaign, winning
consecutive games just once over a span of 13 outings. The defensive-minded
program held a third opponent in the last six games to less than 50 points as
they trampled The Citadel three days ago, 72-48.
In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, Davidson holds an
overwhelming 53-14 advantage in a relationship that dates back to 1927. The
Wildcats have won three in a row, including a 74-55 decision during the
Southern Conference Tournament final last season.
Charleston scored the first points of the game against The Citadel and never
looked back, limiting the host to only 30.2 percent shooting from the floor
and 3-of-15 behind the 3-point line. On offense, Willis Hall led the way for
the Cougars with 18 points and 13 rebounds, both of which were game highs as
the visitors easily won the rebounding battle, 54-42. Anthony Stitt accounted
for 14 points, seven boards and seven assists, while Nori Johnson and Adjehi
Baru chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, the latter also collecting
The leading scorer in four straight games for Charleston, Hall is now at the
top of the list overall with his 10.4 ppg, but only fractions of a point ahead
of Baru (10.2 ppg) and Canyon Barry (10.1 ppg). Hall, one of the better
perimeter shooters with his 39.5 percent accuracy (15-of-38), is also the top
man on the glass with 8.3 rpg, followed by Baru with 7.7 rpg. As a team, the
Cougars are beating opponents on the glass by almost five per game, but in
terms of points they are experiencing a minus-0.5 in scoring margin as they
generate just 62.3 ppg.
Outscored at the free-throw line, 28-11, and turning the ball over 15 times
was more than enough to keep the Wildcats from competing for a full 40 minutes
against nationally-ranked Wichita State over the weekend. Tyler Kalinoski gave
the team some hope with his 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, but he
fouled out before the game came to a conclusion. Tom Droney pitched in with 12
points, followed by Jake Belford and De'Mon Brooks with 10 points apiece, the
latter also pulling down a team-best seven boards before picking up his fifth
Brooks, who has fouled out twice in his seven appearances, leads the team in
scoring with 15.3 ppg and is now tied with Kalinoski with just over six caroms
per contest. Playing 34 minutes per game, Kalinoski (11.2 ppg) is someone who
can do it all when called upon as he paces the program with 45 assists and 17
steals, but he too has dealt with foul trouble in the early going, bowing out
of three contests prematurely.
Davidson would like nothing better than to start off the new year right with a
victory in front of the hometown fans, but the squad will need to treat nearly
every possession with great care given how defensive-minded Charleston can be.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 66, College of Charleston 63
01/01 10:31:16 ET
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