The loss to Hofstra on Saturday was as bizarre a loss as I’ve seen in a while.
I’m a stats guy, which I know can get me in trouble from time-to-time, but had you shown me the box from the CofC-Hofstra game without showing me the final score I would have said that the Cougars should have won that game.
They did a lot of good things, except the most important – win the game.
The Cougars shot well from the floor, especially from 3-point range. They had more assists than turnovers and even forced seven steals. Normally this season when the Cougars have shot well they’ve almost always won. That’s what makes this loss so odd.
Yes, they got outrebounded, but by a margin of eight, 38-30, which shouldn’t make that much of a difference. Although the missed rebounds during the sequence with 1:17 left to play when Hofstra got three straight offensive rebounds off of missed free throws will haunt the Cougars.
The Cougars lost the game at the free throw line. Not because they didn’t make their free throws, although they were just 14 of 27 from the free throw line – but because Hofstra attempted 48 free throws.
One thing we’ve seen from Doug Wojcik teams over the past season-and-a-half is that they don’t foul much. They’d been averaging 18 fouls a game and were whistled 31 times against the Pride. It wasn’t the new rules either, the refs let a lot of contact go. Four Cougar players fouled out.
I’ll be interested to see how they rebound after this loss because they didn’t play that badly. The Hofstra loss is a head scratcher.
Northeastern, which won the regular-season CAA title a year ago, has one of the top big men in the league in Scott Eatherton, a 6-8 forward/center, who is averaging a double-double (16.9 ppg., 10.0) every time he steps on the floor.
The Cougars front court will be challenge and after having Anthony Stitt outrebound Adjehi Baru and Willis Hall on Saturday, I’m sure the Cougars coaching staff will be in their ear until tipoff Monday night.
The Boston Globe and Boston Herald don’t write a lot about Northeastern. The Huskies are way down on the food chain when it comes to college coverage behind the likes of Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, etc.,
Here are some highlights from Northeastern’s game against UNC Wilmington.
College of Charleston at Northeastern
When: Monday, 7 p.m.
Where: Matthews Arena (5,066) in Boston.
Series: First Meeting.
TV/Radio: NBCSN/WTMZ 910-AM
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 33-19, in 2nd season at CofC; 173-111 overall in 9th season.
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 34.4 min)
#2 Johnathan Burroughs-Cook, G, 6-1, 175, Fr. (2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 8.1 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (6.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 24.1 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (11.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 30.6 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 29.6 min)
PROJECTED NORTHEASTERN STARTERS
Coach: Bill Coen, 115-124, in eighth year at Northeastern.
#2 Demetrius Pollard, G, 6-2, 200, Jr. (8.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 25.1 min)
#4 David Walker, G, 6-6, 176, So. (11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 37.6 min)
#11 Marco Banegas-Flores, G, 6-1, 190, Jr. (3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 15.6 min)
#44 Reggie Spencer, F, 6-7, 210, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 30.7 min)
#43 Scott Eatherton, F, 6-8, 219, RS-Jr. (16.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 30.9 min)
They Said It:
“By far, Northeastern has played the toughest schedule in our league. They have a first-team all-league player in Scott Eatherton, who could be player of the year in the CAA. They play very hard and are well-coached. They were in the conference championship game last year. They were regular-season champions and went to the NIT. It will be a really hard-fought game on Monday night. They just lost in double overtime at Drexel. Don’t let their record fool you. They are 4-12, but they are a much better team than what their record may indicate. (David) Walker is a nice guard for them and their four-man, (Reggie) Spencer, is a great compliment to Eatherton.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik.
“They (Northeastern) are another tough team just like Hofstra was. Up North, teams are a lot more physical and go to the boards hard. It’s important for us to control the rebounding, make our free throws and limit our turnovers.” – CofC Guard Anthony Stitt.