Will Cougars rebound from James Madison loss? Scouting William & Mary

As I wrote in Sunday’s P&C print edition the inconsistent play in the Cougars backcourt continues to plagued them.

Let’s face it, they were not very good in the loss to James Madison. Nori Johnson had some looks that I thought he passed up and probably should have taken, especially with the way he’s been shooting in CAA play.

Marcus Thornton

W&M guard Marcus Thornton is averaging 19 points a game.

There were more than a few pick-and-rolls, (high ball screens) that should have been thrown into the paint that didn’t happen.

And yet, the Cougars still had a chance to win the game at the buzzer on Anthony Stitt’s 3-pointer.

The Cougars have been pretty good at bounce-back games, so hopefully they’ll play better Monday against James Madison.

Marcus Thornton is William & Mary’s best player and a candidate for player of the year in the conference. He and Jerrelle Benimon at Towson are probably the two most gifted players in the league.

He’ll be a tough match-up and I’m not sure who will get the assignment. Stitt is a Cougars best defender, but players with height have given him trouble in the past. My best guess is that Anthony Thomas or Nori will get a chance to guard Thornton.


Thornton hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Drexel and he’s a story from The Daily Press.


Here’s are some highlights of the Tribe’s win including the game-winning shot from Thornton.




College of Charleston (11-10, 3-3 CAA)  at William & Mary (11-7, 3-2 CAA)

When: Monday , 7 p.m.

Where: Kaplan Arena at W&M Hall (8,600) in Williamsburg, Va.

Series: First Meeting.

TV/Radio: No TV/WTMZ 910-AM

Webcast: : $10.95 via TribeAthletics.TV at www.TribeAthletics.com.



Coach: Doug Wojcik, 35-21, in 2nd season at CofC; 175-112 overall in 9th season.

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 34.2 min)

#11 Nori Johnson, G/F, 6-5, 209, Sr. (7.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 18.0 min)

#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 24.2 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (12.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 0.9 apg, 31.8 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 29.8 min)



Coach: Tony Shaver, 127-197, in 11th season at William & Mary; 485-317 overall in 17th season.

#2 Julian Boatner, G, 6-2, 185, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 26.2 min)

#3 Marcus Thornton, G, 6-4, 185, Jr. (19.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 35.6 min)

#25 Terry Tarpey, G/F, 6-5, 200, So. (5.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 27.3 min)

#23 Kyle Gaillard, F, 6-8, 220, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 26.8 min)

#22 Tim Rusthoven, F, 6-9, 235, Sr. (13.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 26.4 min)



CofC redshirt freshman guard Canyon Barry returns to the alma mater of his mother, Lynn (Norenberg) Barry. Lynn Norenberg Barry had her No. 22 jersey was retired at William & Mary. The most decorated women’s basketball player in school history, the elder Barry starred for the Tribe from 1978-81. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1981 and ranks third all-time in career scoring with 1,504 points and is the only woman (across all sports) to have her jersey retired at W&M.


They Said It

“William & Mary is a very good team. They have four seniors and if I could trade for one player in our league that I could have on my team, I would have (W&M junior guard) Marcus Thornton on my team. He is that good of a guard. They should be at the top of the league. They have a senior post who can score and they have a four-man who can shoot it. They have all been playing in a system for a very long time now under Coach (Tony) Shaver. They have a very good overall record. They score the ball averaging 72 points a game and shoot the three well. They are a team that’s going to be there in the end. As I’ve said before, anybody can win on any given night. There is a lot of parity in our conference this year.” –  Cougars head coach Doug Wojcik

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