Senior Andrew Lawrence (London, England) scored a game-high 21 points as College of Charleston kept its road streak intact with a 62-50 victory over 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium.
The Cougars (8-4) have now won three-straight and remain an undefeated 4-0 on the road this season. It was only the second loss for the Catamounts (7-5) on their home court this year as they attempted to avenge an 85-70 blowout in both team's last meeting in a nationally-televised ESPN BracketBusters game held in the Lowcountry in 2011.
Sophomore Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) added 19 points, while redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) brought down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Cougars.
The game was close for the majority of the first and early second half as there were 12 lead changes in the ballgame and five ties. CofC, who led by only three at halftime, finally got out in front of Vermont on a layup by Lawrence with 5:58 remaining in regulation, 50-41.
Vermont was led by 11 points from Clancy Rugg off the bench and 10 points from Sandro Carissimo.
Lawrence and Hall previously played against the Catamounts in 2011, but knew it would be a whole different ballgame against this year's UVM squad, who had held opponents this year to 32.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc. The Cougars went 7-of-14 (.500) which tied a season-best from three next to their road upset at No. 21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24.
CofC continues its two-game road swing through the Northeast and will travel next to Marist (4-8) for a New Year's Eve matchup scheduled for Monday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. (ET) in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The game can be heard live via ESPN 910 AM radio in Charleston.
· For the eighth time this season, the Cougars used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (7-1).
· With the victory, CofC now leads 2-0 in the all-time series with Vermont. It was the program's first trip to the state of Vermont in the 103-year history of Cougar Basketball.
· The Cougars remain undefeated on the road with a 4-0 record away from the friendly confines of TD Arena. The Catamounts became the fourth road victim this season next to Baylor, Charleston Southern and Elon.
· Andrew Lawrence recorded his fourth career 20-point game with a game-high 21 points. He also dished out five assists and had five rebounds. Lawrence also made two three-pointers in the contest to move into eighth all-time in career three-pointers made (167) over former CofC great Jeff Bolton (166).
· Willis Hall turned in his sixth double-figure rebound game with a game-high and season-high tying 12 boards versus Vermont.
· Offensively, CofC limited its miscues in the ballgame with a season-low eight turnovers, but was outrebounded for only the third time this year, 38-34 (-4).
· Anthony Stitt turned in back-to-back games in double figures with 19 points to go along with his 22-point outburst against Coastal Carolina on Dec. 22.
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On the road win in a tough environment at Vermont …
"It was a really good win for us for several reasons. Any time you play a game before Christmas, you kind of worry about where your kids are (mentally and physically), especially anytime you play the first game after it. This trip turned out to be great. We aren't around snow that much – it was a winter wonderland. It became a positive for us once we got up here. (CofC Director of Basketball Operations) Joe Wallace did a great job of getting us here. We hunkered down and got comfortable. The real tell-tale for us was, we were able to win a game on the road against a team that is No. 140 in the RPI, which is impressive. Our guards played great and we won without a couple of guys playing well. If you are winning without everyone playing well, that's a sign of a good team. It was a great road trip for us, and now, we have a big bus trip to Poughkeepsie (New York) to get ready for Monday's Marist game."
College of Charleston Senior Point Guard Andrew Lawrence
On the road win ...
"We adjusted to how they were playing (in the second half). We did a good job on the defensive end. We got a lot of rebounds, but they had a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half. We managed that better in the second half and we played well as a team. I'm really proud of everyone's efforts today. To be 4-0 on the road is unbelievable and we look forward to continuing that momentum into the Marist game on Monday."