Cougars Fall In CAA Opener at William & Mary
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Three players scored in double figures as William & Mary opened CAA play with a 75-45 victory over College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Kaplan Arena.
The Tribe (7-5, 1-0), who were picked to finish second in the league behind Northeastern, were led by 18 points from preseason All-CAA Second Team selection Omar Prewitt, 16 points from preseason conference player of the year candidate Marcus Thornton and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Terry Tarpey.
For the game, the Cougars (5-9, 0-1) shot 18-of-51 from the floor (35.3%) and couldn't find an answer to William & Mary's offensive attack (55.2%) in CofC head coach Earl Grant's CAA debut.
The Tribe sprinted out to a 22-7 run in the first half of play and the closest the Cougars could cut that lead down to was 11 on a layup by sophomore Joe Chealey (Orlando, Fla.) at the 9:15 minute mark.
Sophomore Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and freshman reserve Cameron Johnson (Athens, Ga.) led all CofC scorers with nine points each.
W&M outrebounded the Cougars, 43-24, and ended a two-game losing skid. Both squads were coming off tough ACC road losses at North Carolina and Miami respectively, prior to the conference opener.
The Cougars will host a three-game CAA homestand beginning with James Madison on Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. The game will be televised live locally on MyTV Charleston and tickets are still available for purchase by calling (843) 953-COFC.
• For only the second time this season, the Cougars went with the starting five of Joe Chealey, Anthony Stitt, Canyon Barry, Evan Bailey and Adjehi Baru (0-2). It marked the second career start for Bailey next to the Davidson game on Dec. 20.
• William & Mary improves to 3-1 in the all-time series with College of Charleston. The Tribe has now won two-straight dating back to a win in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament. They are 2-0 on their home court since CofC joined the league in 2013-14.
• The Cougars are now 1-1 all-time in CAA openers having beaten James Madison in their 2013-14 opener and lost at William & Mary in their 2014-15 opener.
• Canyon Barry played in his first game at the alma mater of his mother, Lynn (Norenberg) Barry, after sitting out the William & Mary road trip last season due to a finger injury to his shooting hand. He registered nine points, four rebounds and two steals against the Tribe.
• Cameron Johnson came off the bench and turned in nine points – tying his second-highest scoring output of the season next to nine points versus Gardner-Webb on Nov. 17.
• Anthony Stitt dished out five assists to put him closer to the 300 Assist Club for his career with 284 to date.
• CofC committed its second-fewest turnovers of the season (10) at William & Mary.
College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant
On the game …
"We didn't compete, didn't have a lot of energy and effort today. They (William & Mary) out-toughed us. There are a lot of things we need to figure out right now. The team has to figure out collectively how they want to be moving forward. We have to make some changes to do it. All we can do is get back in the gym and work hard (on correcting our mistakes)."
On the play of Cameron Johnson off the bench …
"Cameron (Johnson) was really good out there defending and got a lot of deflections against their (William & Mary) size and physicality. He gave a lot of effort trying to guard for a freshman."