Four different players scored in double figures and College of Charleston passed the century mark in a 102-87 preseason exhibition win over NCAA Division II Newberry on Saturday night at TD Arena.
The Cougars scored 100 points for the first time since Jan. 10, 2009, when they bested Georgia Southern, 100-87, at home during the regular season. Newberry only held a one-point lead early in the first half, and Charleston led by as many as 19 points with 6:31 remaining in regulation.
The Cougars shot 55.6 percent from the field and hit 11 threes as the offense worked its inside-outside magic. CofC's interior outrebounded the Wolves, 52-37, as Charleston created 18 second-chance points.
Twelve different players entered the scoring column for Charleston led by redshirt freshman Canyon Barry's (Colorado Springs, Colo.) team-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Barry hit three three-pointers and dished out four assists.
Junior big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) and senior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) patrolled the paint with authority. Baru finished the contest with a game-high 15 rebounds, 10 of which came in the first half. He also made four rejections and scored nine points. Hall tallied a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards.
Freshman Joe Chealey's (Orlando, Fla.) unofficial CofC debut was impressive. He started and tallied a game-high eight assists along with 10 points. Junior Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) added 12 points.
Newberry did its best to keep the game near a 10-point margin by the efforts of Dondray Walker and Demarkus Smith. Walker scored a game-high 23 points, while Smith tallied 20 points. Each player grabbed seven boards apiece. Cole Birchfield added 11 points and four rebounds.
Charleston jumped out to a 10-2 lead off a three from senior Anthony Thomas (Winston-Salem, N.C.) at the 15:53 minute mark of the first half.
The Wolves responded with their own run, taking a 12-11 lead just two minutes later after a layup from Cheek. Both teams traded points until CofC went on a long run, pushing a 17-14 lead to 33-18 over the course of five minutes. Three-pointers from Barry and sophomore Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) helped key the run. A basket from Chealey at the 3:31 mark gave Charleston its largest first-half lead at 42-26.
Newberry rebounded with a 12-4 run, capped by a Smith three-pointer to bring the margin to single digits at 46-38 with 11 seconds left. On Charleston's last possession, redshirt sophomore center David Wishon (Concord, N.C.) converted a layup and free throw as time expired to push the lead back to 49-38 at the break.
Charleston's second-half lead hovered around 13-16 points until Barry hit a corner three-pointer and then finished off a fast break with a layup to push CofC to 82-64 with 7:54 left.
The Charleston reserves hit the court in the final minutes and excited the crowd with several big plays. Freshman Terrance O'Donohue (Norcross, Ga.) hit a jumper in the paint and freshman Johnathan Burroughs-Cook (Memphis, Tenn.) finished off a fast break with a layup.
Junior Pat Branin (Richmond, Va.) drained a long-distance three to start the waters boiling and a massive one-handed slam And-1 from Cook blew the roof off with 31 seconds left.
The Cougars will officially commence the 2013-14 season at defending national champion and preseason No. 3-ranked Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. (ET) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN3.
· The Cougars used the starting lineup of freshman Joe Chealey, junior Anthony Stitt, redshirt freshman Canyon Barry, senior Willis Hall and junior Adjehi Baru.
· CofC has now won six-straight exhibition games since the start of the 2009-10 season and second consecutive under head coach Doug Wojcik.
· With the victory, the Cougars claimed their 46th win in the 109-game all-time series with Newberry. It is the second-most games played against an opponent in a series behind former Southern Conference rival Wofford (131).
· Adjehi Baru grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds including 10 in the first half of play. Last year, he brought down double-digit boards on 11 occasion and led the Southern Conference in rebounding averaging 9.8 rebounds per game which also ranked No. 77 nationally.
· Three newcomers and two redshirts made their unofficial CofC debuts including Chealey, Barry, redshirt sophomore David Wishon, freshman Jonathan Burroughs-Cook and freshman Terrance O'Donohue.
· CofC notched 100-or-more points in a single game for the first time since a 100-87 regular-season home victory over Georgia Southern on Jan. 10, 2009 at TD Arena.
College of Charleston Redshirt Freshman Guard Canyon Barry
On the game and his offensive output against Newberry …
"We put in a lot of work over the summer, so it's nice to see the payoff from our hard work tonight. I felt physically ready to go. Being able to play against the guys last year on offense and defense (while I redshirted) definitely helped my quickness and strength. We have one of the best strength programs in the country."
On his under-handed free throws being a surprise to Newberry …
"I wasn't happy how I shot them tonight. That will change. It's different every time, because no one expects it. The first one is always a shocker."
College of Charleston Freshman Point Guard Joe Chealey
On his first college action and mindset heading into the Louisville opener …
"We put in a lot of work in the summer leading up to the season. It feels good to have it pay off in front of the fans. It was a great game for us. It's a little surreal (knowing we are playing Louisville next Saturday). I am looking forward to it. We put in the work and will prepare well for Louisville. We have one of the best coaching staffs in regards to preparation. They will have us ready and we are looking forward to the game."
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On pluses and minuses from the game …
"Transition D. What a great test for us. We couldn't practice that any better than we just did for 40 minutes. We have to get back on defense better and take care of the basketball. It was a great game for us as far as pressure. Joe Chealey and Canyon Barry are making natural basketball plays out there. We had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio tonight with 23 assists and 21 turnovers. We do a great job on the glass with Adjehi (Baru) and Willis (Hall). Adjehi was one point away from both players having a double-double."