Cougars Take on Wofford in Nationally Televised Game

The College of Charleston will take on defending Southern Conference champion Wofford in a nationally televised game on February 3, 2011.

Tipoff between the two South Division rivals is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at Carolina First Arena and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and the first 150 fans through the front door entrance of the arena and first 200 CofC students through the student entrance will receive free White Out Game T-Shirts sponsored by TBonz.

To purchase tickets, please call 1-843-953-COFC (2632) or go online at www.CofCSports.com/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the CofC Athletics Ticket Box Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW
The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (15-7, 8-2) prepares for a key Southern Conference showdown with defending league champion Wofford (12-10, 9-2) in what is sure to be a cat and dog fight of two South Division rivals on Thursday, Feb. 3 at Carolina First Arena. Tipoff between the Cougars and Terriers is set for 7 p.m. (ET) in Part II of the heated-rivalry series to be televised nationally on ESPNU. Both teams are vying for good positioning as the SoCon regular-season race heats up prior to postseason tournament play in March. They are one of three league teams with two losses in the SoCon standings with North Division leader Chattanooga (13-10, 9-2). CofC has won six of its last eight games of the season and boast a 7-1 home record at Carolina First Arena with their only loss to Clemson on Dec. 22. The Cougars are currently among the top 30 NCAA statistical leaders in field-goal percentage (26th, 47.7) and three-point field goals per game (24th, 8.3), while the Terriers are equally matched shooters at No. 41 in field-goal percentage (47.2) as well as No. 40 in assists per game (15.5 avg). CofC is looking to shake off a 75-64 setback at Davidson on Jan. 29, which snapped a three-game winning streak in league play.

A LOOK AT WOFFORD
Wofford is currently on a two-game winning streak with a pair of nine-point wins at Appalachian State (74-65) on Jan. 27 and Western Carolina (75-66) on Jan. 29 under the leadership of ninth-year head coach and 2010 SoCon Coach of the Year Mike Young. The Terriers are a perfect 4-0 on the road this season in conference play and are 2-1 against the likes of USC Upstate, then-No. 20-ranked Georgetown and George Mason at Carolina First Arena, having participated in the 2010 ESPN Charleston Classic tournament field on Nov. 18-19 and 21 in the same venue. They are paced by defending SoCon Player of the Year Noah Dahlman who is averaging a team-leading 20.6 points, which ranks third-best among league leaders, and 5.4 rebounds per game. Last year, the Terriers made their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the first round to No. 14-ranked and fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 53-49, in Jacksonville, Fla.

WHITE OUT GAME PROMOTIONS
CofC fans are encouraged to wear white to the Wofford game. The first 150 fans through the front door entrance of Carolina First Arena and first 200 CofC students through the student entrance will receive free White Out Game T-Shirts sponsored by TBonz. There will also be a free give-a-way of the first edition of senior posters to be distributed to the first 250 fans. Senior forward Garrett Campbell (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) will be the featured senior poster for Thursday’s game.

ON THE U
The Cougars will appear on regional or national television 15 times during the 2010-11 season. Play-by-play announcer Rich Hollenberg and color analyst and former Maryland All-ACC selection Adrian Branch will handle the call for ESPNU. CofC will make a total of three appearances on the U this season including its close 75-74 loss at Maryland on Nov. 10 and its ESPN BracketBusters game versus Vermont on Feb. 19 at Carolina First Arena. Fans who can’t make it in person can watch the game on ESPNU in the Charleston area on Comcast Cable Channel 735, Home Telecom Channel 139, DirecTV Channel 609 and Dish Network Channel 148.

MACK TO BE HONORED AT HALFTIME
Greg Mack, who starred for the Cougars under legendary head coach John Kresse from 1982-85, will be honored at halftime of the Wofford game. A two-time NAIA All-American, Mack led the Cougars to the program’s first and only NAIA National Championship title in 1983 and a school-record 33 wins. He averaged a team-leading 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore en route to being named District 6 Player of the Year. The Cougars compiled an impressive 115-21 record (.846) during his storied four-year career. Mack still ranks third all-time in the CofC record books behind Andrew Goudelock and Ken Gustafson in career scoring (1,901) and sixth all-time in career rebounding (842). He played in 112 games shooting a career 57.3 percent (791-of-1,379) from the floor and 73.0 percent (319-of-437) from the free throw line.