I thought the game against Davidson would tell a lot about the Cougars and I believe it did.
The last two games the Cougars have been a much more efficient offensive basketball team. I think a big reason is senior Nori Johnson.
He has come off the bench to knock down some huge 3-pointers and that has opened things up for everyone else on the floor.
I think CofC coach Doug Wojcik will continue to bring Nori off the bench. Had Nori taken care of his academics from the beginning of the season, he would have been in the rotation from the start. But give Nori credit, he got his academic house in order and is now playing a key role on the team.
I don’t think Howard will present much a challenge, but then again, I didn’t Marist would either.
If the Cougars can continue to shoot the ball like they’ve done the last two games, there’ll be a tough team to beat in the CAA.
Howard (3-13) at College of Charleston (7-7)
When: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Where: TD Arena
Series: College of Charleston leads, 1-0.
Last Meeting: CofC def. Howard, 77-73, on Dec. 30, 2002 at State Farm Classic in Charleston, S.C.
TV/Radio: WMMP/WTMZ 910-AM
College of Charleston
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 31-18, in 2nd season at CofC; 171-110 overall in 9th season.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 33.8 min)
#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 195, RS-Fr. (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.2 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 22.5 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 31.4 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 29.5 min)
Coach: Kevin Nickelberry, 29-79-288, in fourthseason at Howard, 75-126 overall in 7th season.
PROJECTED HOWARD STARTERS
#10 Keon Hill, G, 5-9, 170, Fr. (3.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 16.8 min)
#2 Kofi Andoh, G, 6-4, 185, Fr. (2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 13.9 min)
#3 Prince Okoroh, F, 6-5, 220, Jr. (15.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 33.0 min)
#20 Solomon Mangham, F, 6-7, 210, Fr. (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.0 apg, 27.1 min)
#5 Marcel Boyd, C, 6-10, 230, Fr. (5.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 18.8 min)
COUGARS AGAINST THE MEAC
CofC is 17-13 (.567) all-time against schools hailing from the MEAC including Coppin State (1-3) which it last faced in 1992, Hampton (1-0) in 1999, Howard (1-0) in 2002, Maryland Eastern Shore (1-1) in 1990, Morgan State (2-0) in 1992, North Carolina A&T (1-1) in 1993 and South Carolina State (10-8) in 2010.
They Said It:
“We have a Howard team coming to town on Saturday that has played 13 games on the road which is tough. They are very athletic and have a 6-foot-6, 220 pound small forward (Prince Okoroh) who scores a lot that we will have to defend.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik.
“The defense has been steadily improving all year. The fact that we have held teams in the low 60s when the rules have been changed with fouls and every team is scoring up – that’s a real credit to our guys. We have done it with a lot of different guys and we are starting to get some depth there. When you look at our scoring, you can point to a lot of things, but you have to point to (senior reserve) Nori Johnson. He gets all of the credit for making shots and loosening things up for us. We threw it into the post against Davidson and Adjehi (Baru) throws it back out to Nori for a three which was a big play for us in our last game. Anthony Stitt has really had command for the game with 16 assists over the last two contests. The guy who is getting a lot of credit right now is Willis Hall, but he has been a benefactor of both of those guys playing well.” – Coach Wojcik