College of Charleston holds off UNCG, 67-64
GREENSBORO, N.C. - College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock scored a season-high 28 points and UNCG missed a pair of possible game-tying three-pointers in the final 20 seconds as UNC Greensboro fell to College of Charleston, 67-64, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Spartans rallied to have a pair of potential game-tying shots in the final minute, but weren't able to convert on either. Kendall Toney missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 13 seconds remaining. After the Cougars missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Spartans had one last chance with 5.4 seconds to go. But freshman Kyle Randall's shot was long at the buzzer.
The Spartans (2-5, 1-1 SoCon) were led by senior Ben Stywall who had a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds for his 14th double-double of his career. It was the second straight double-double for Stywall, who had 11 points and 15 rebounds in a win at Samford on Saturday. Junior guard Brandon Evans also chipped in 10 points for UNCG.
Goudelock's 28 points paced the Cougars (4-3, 3-0 SoCon) and were just five shy of his career-high 33 that he set last season against Appalachian State. Casaan Breeden was also in double figures with 14 points and Jeremy Simmons added 10.
The Spartans held an unbelievable advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars, 49-29. Eleven of Stywall's 14 boards were on the offensive glass. UNCG's 49 rebounds were the most since December 30, 2006, when they had 50 at Georgia Southern.
"I thought our guys fought hard to get back into the thing," said UNCG coach Mike Dement. "Tonight we only had two guys in double figures. The other night when we played so well we had four guys in double figures. We rebounded well, especially Ben. We had our chances and we just didn't finish some of them."
Trailing by as many as 11 points late in the second half, it appeared as if the Cougars would cruise to victory. With just under eight minutes remaining in the game, UNCG trailed 59-48 after a ridiculous three-pointer by Goudelock that bounced off the rim, hit the top of the backboard twice, and hit the back of the rim two more times before going in.
"I was proud of my team for coming back after that," said Dement. "That is a shot that a lot of teams would have hung their heads after and these guys kept on fighting."
A layup by Stywall helped spark a 14-5 run over a five and a half minute span that got UNCG back in it. The run was closed out by a Randall baseline drive that pulled the Spartans within 64-62 with 1:30 to play.
Breeden answered with a three-pointer with 1:13 left and it looked like the Cougars were back in control up by five. But Randall knocked down a jumper with 54 seconds left to make it a one possession game.
The Cougars turned the ball over on their next possession. But Toney's three was off the mark and UNCG was forced to foul with eight seconds left. Tony White, Jr. left the door open, though, when he missed the front end of a one-and-one and Brian Cole grabbed the rebound. Randall's shot was long at the buzzer, however.
After Stywall buried the first basket of the game, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to take an early lead. The Spartans responded with a 9-2 to tie the game at 11 on a Cole jumper.
With the Cougars holding onto a narrow one-point lead late in the first half, they went on a 7-0 spurt to take a 35-27 with just under two minutes remaining.
College of Charleston shot 16-for-34 from the floor in the opening half (12-of-18 inside the arc), but the Spartans used a commanding 29-16 advantage on the boards, including 14 offensive rebounds, to keep the score within 37-31 at the break.
On the night, the Spartans had 15 more field goal attempts, thanks to their 25 offensive rebounds. UNCG had a 29-8 advantage in second chance points. However, College of Charleston shot 49 percent from the floor, compared to UNCG's 36 percent.
UNCG will play host to Princeton on Sunday at 1 p.m.
COLL OF CHARLESTON 67, UNCG 64
COLL OF CHARLESTON (4-3, 3-0 SoCon)
Andrew Goudelock 12-17 0-0 28; Casaan Breeden 5-6 1-2 14; Jeremy Simmons 4-7 2-3 10; Donavan Monroe 4-10 0-1 9; Andrew Lawrence 2-6 0-0 6; Tony White Jr 0-5 0-1 0; Willis Hall 0-3 0-0 0; Rashad Wright 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Sundberg 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 27-55 3-7 67.
UNCG (2-5, 1-1 SoCon)
Ben Stywall 8-18 5-7 21; Brandon Evans 3-11 4-5 10; Brian Cole 4-7 0-0 9; Korey Van Dussen 3-6 0-0 7; Kyle Randall 3-14 0-0 6; Kendall Toney 1-8 1-2 4; Pete Brown 2-3 0-0 4; Mikko Koivisto 1-3 0-0 3; Elhanan Bone 0-0 0-0 0; Montel Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-70 10-14 64.
Halftime: College of Charleston 37-31. 3-point goals--Coll of Charleston 10-29 (Andrew Goudelock 4-8; Casaan Breeden 3-4; Andrew Lawrence 2-6; Donavan Monroe 1-4; Willis Hall 0-1; Matt Sundberg 0-1; Tony White Jr 0-5), UNCG 4-13 Kendall Toney 1-4; Brian Cole 1-1; Mikko Koivisto 1-2; Korey Van Dussen 1-2; Kyle Randall 0-3; Ben Stywall 0-1). Fouled out--Coll of Charleston-None, UNCG-None. Rebounds--Coll of Charleston 29 (Jeremy Simmons 9), UNCG 49 (Ben Stywall 14). Assists--Coll of Charleston 13 (Tony White Jr 6), UNCG 8 (Kyle Randall 3). Total fouls-Coll of Charleston 12, UNCG 11. Technical fouls--Coll of Charleston-None, UNCG-None. A-2383
FREE THROWS: UNCG lost its fourth straight to College of Charleston after the Cougars swept three meetings last season. It was just the second time in the last nine meetings, however, decided by single-digits. C of C leads the series all-time, 18-8... College of Charleston improves to 4-0 all-time in the Greensboro Coliseum after going 3-0 at the 1999 SoCon tournament... Stywall's double-double was his third of the season and second in a row. It was the 14th of his career... Stywall scored a season-high 21 points for UNCG and had 14 rebounds, one off his career high... Stywall has 29 rebounds in the last two games (three days)... The Cougars committed six turnovers between the under-8 media timeout and the under-4 media timeout, but UNCG could only trim its deficit from eight points to six points at 62-56... The three-point margin was the closest in the series since a 72-70 CofC win on Jan. 13, 2004... UNCG's 49 rebounds were the most since December 30, 2006 (50 at Georgia Southern)... UNCG has now outrebounded the opponent in three of its five losses this season (Virginia Tech, Clemson, College of Charleston)... UNCG last outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more Nov. 17, 2008 (Webber International).
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