College of Charleston
College of Charleston enters the game with a record
of 10-2 and winners of two straight in the Cougarsí
own tournament. College of Charleston defeated Maryland-Baltimore
County 78- 57 Sunday and then earned a 77-73 win over
College of Charleston is ranked seventh in the latest
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll and is coming off
a season in which the Cougars finished with a 21-9 record.
Junior forward Thomas Mobley leads the team in scoring
with 14.3 points per game. He is followed closely by
senior guard Troy Wheless, who is averaging 14.0 points
per contest. The Cougarsí leading rebounder is junior
center Mike Benton, who is pulling down 5.5 boards per
The only previous meeting between the two schools
came Feb. 8, 1992, at Memorial Gym in Nashville. Commodore
coach Eddie Fogler led Vanderbilt to a 74-68 victory
over College of Charleston. Two Commodores who played
on that 1991-92 squad, Kevin Anglin and Willy Daunic,
will be broadcasting the game for Comcast Sports Southeast.
vs. Notre Dame
Vanderbilt was 16-of-21 on free throws, which is the
most for both in the past five games...VUís 76.2 free-throw
percentage was the second- best this season (.842 vs.
UConn)...VUís 41 rebounds was the thirdmost this season...The
Commodores have averaged 7.7 blocks in the past three
games...VUís 12 steals was the second most this season
(13 vs. Alabama A&M)...VUís 27 first-half points was
a season-low and the 63 total points was the second-lowest
of the season...VU shot 33.9 percent from the field,
which is just the second time this season the Commodores
have not shot at least 41.5 percent...Points in the
paint: VU 22, ND 32...Points off turnovers: VU 24, ND
15...Second-chance points: VU 11, ND 2...Fast-break
points: VU 4, ND 10.
Commodores Welcome Back Freije of Old
Junior forward Matt Freije rebounded from a sub-par
performance at Michigan to score a season-best and game-high
23 points at No. 6 Notre Dame. He also pulled down six
rebounds and added two assists and a steal.
Freije was 7-of-16 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point
range, while hitting 6-of-7 free throws. He had 10 points
at the half, but his presence was felt mostly when he
helped key the Commodoresí comeback attempt that closed
a 22-point gap to just six points midway through the
Freije is currently ranked sixth in the SEC in scoring
(16.8) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.731).
Records First Double-Double
Freshman forward Julian Terrell had his best game as
a Commodore at No. 6 Notre Dame. He posted his first
double-double with season highs in points (12) and rebounds
(10), while also recording a season-high three blocks
in just 20 minutes.
This outburst was unexpected due to the fact that Terrell
had averaged just 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in the
six games leading up to the Notre Dame contest.
Terrell just missed a double-double with 10 points
and eight rebounds against Georgia Southern and also
had seven points and seven boards against Alabama A&M.
Lakey Turns in Solid Performance at Notre Dame
Junior guard Russell Lakey had his second-best statistical
game of the season at No. 6 Notre Dame. His 12 points
at Notre Dame is second this season to the 15 he scored
versus Georgia Southern and his six rebounds tied a
season-best mark. And for the second time this season
(Alabama A&M) Lakey tied a career-high with five steals,
which moved him to fourth in the SEC is steals with
4.00 swipes per game.
Lakey, who continues to see time at the shooting guard
position, also has made a three-pointer in five consecutive
games, which is a career-long streak.