The Cougars finished out their two game road swing on Feb 11th in the best way possible. With the score at 74-62, the clock wound down to 00:00 and the College of Charleston (14-10, 6-7) were presented with a SoCon victory over the Appalachian State (9-13, 5-7).
Leading the way to victory was Andrew Lawrence scoring a game-high of 24 points and then assisted seven other points.
Running the rest of the court alongside Lawrence was the fifth time starting line up of Nori Johnson, Antwaine Wiggins, Trent Wiedeman and Adjehi Baru.
Wiedeman and Nori each came up with 14 and 11 points, respectively, then contributing with the much-needed bench points were Matt Sundberg and Jordan Scott with seven and five points, respectively.
Leading the two teams last year was CofC’s Andrew Goudelock (number one in the SoCon) and App States Donald Sims (number two in the SoCon). That being said this is the first time since 2009 that CofC has beat App State in a road game.
“First off, I’m just really proud of our guys for bouncing back in less than 48 hours. We had a heartbreaking loss against Elon, where in the second half and in the overtimes, we had many chances to win the game and couldn’t pull through. They didn’t let the loss linger. From the opening tip, our guys were ready to play today. They were focused and had great concentration,” said interim head coach Mark Byington.
Offensively the Cougars were able to strike down any lead that the Mountaineers attempted to gain.
“We are moving in the right direction. Coach B (Byington) is doing a great job with the new offense. All of the guys are finally buying into it,” said Lawrence.
However it was the defense that held the win for CofC.
The Cougars held the Mountaineers to 37.1 percent from the floor and were able to pick up 24 or their 32 rebounds while on defense.
“We played more zone tonight than we’ve played in three or four games. We used it earlier in the year to play Louisville and Tennessee,” said coach Byington adding, “we wanted to play man-to-man as long as we could and then throw a curveball with zone when we had to.”
The Cougar make their way back to the TD Arena for a much needed home game which Cougar Nation has been missing since late January. Thursday’s game starts at 8pm on Feb 9th.