College of Charleston Cougars

BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 06:  Canyon Barry #24 of the Charleston Cougars looks on during the first round of the CAA Basketball Tournament against the Drexel Dragons at the Royal Farms Arena on March, 6 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Cougars 56-48.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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College of Charleston loses leading scorer to season-ending injury

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Prior to the team’s game against Elon Saturday afternoon, the College of Charleston announced that leading scorer Canyon Barry will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. The 6-foot-6 junior suffered the injury during the Cougars’ game against William & Mary January 2, and he hasn’t played since.

Barry averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest this season, and it goes without saying that his loss is a big it for the Cougars to take.

College of Charleston is 1-3 in their last four games since Barry went down, with the lone victory being a 72-61 win over Hofstra January 7. Since then the Cougars have lost three straight by a total of ten points, with the most recent defeat being a 65-64 decision to Elon Saturday afternoon.

College of Charleston/James Madison game pushed back to Sunday due to inclement weather

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The College of Charleston was scheduled to play a game at James Madison Saturday afternoon, but thanks to a winter storm the game has been pushed back to Sunday afternoon. According to the announcement from James Madison, tipoff is scheduled for Noon Sunday.

This is an important game for the Dukes (10-5 CAA, 17-11 overall), who entered Saturday tied atop the CAA standings in the loss column with UNCW (11-5), Northeastern and William & Mary (10-5). After losing consecutive games to William & Mary and UNCW, Matt Brady’s team has won four straight entering Sunday’s game.

The Dukes won the first meeting of the season between the two teams, beating the Cougars 61-50 January 5. Ron Curry scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Yohanny Dalembert added 14 and three blocked shots. Charleston shot 37 percent from the field and 6-for-25 from beyond the arc in that home defeat.

WATCH LIVE: Drexel hosts College of Charleston on NBCSN

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Saturday afternoon’s contest between Drexel and College of Charleston features two teams looking to make a move up the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Both the host Dragons and Cougars have struggled for consistency this season but will play each other for the first of two scheduled contests.

Drexel (4-14, 2-5) will be led by high-scoring and productive guard Damion Lee. The 6-foot-6 junior rarely leaves the floor and is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Dragons. College of Charleston (6-14, 1-6) relies on more of a balanced approach to get it done and the Cougars are led by sophomore guards Canyon Barry and Joe Chealey.

You can see the game at 12:00 p.m. on NBCSN. It will also be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

College of Charleston loses guard for two-to-four weeks

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College of Charleston is struggling and sitting in last place in the CAA and things only got worse on Saturday as the school announced an injury to senior guard Anthony Stitt.

The team’s third-leading scorer will miss two-to-four weeks with a knee injury, per the official release from the school. The 6-foot-1 Stitt is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and his loss comes at an especially tough time for the Cougars. Still is also an experienced guard, having already amassed over 1,000 points in his college career.

With an 0-4 conference record in the CAA, the College of Charleston has dropped eight consecutive games and are looking for any kind of spark to help them turn that streak around. Stitt plays nearly 34 minutes a game, so that is plenty of additional playing time to others in the Cougar rotation that could provide a lift.

A road game at Elon comes next for College of Charleston, as they’re currently 5-12 on the season.

2014-2015 Season Preview: This the year for William & Mary, or do new contenders emerge in the CAA?

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Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 college hoops preview package.

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The Colonial Athletic Association ended in dramatic fashion last season as Delaware defeated William & Mary, 75-74, in the final seconds of the conference title game in Baltimore. There will be plenty of turnover in the CAA heading into this season, as many star players have moved on from their collegiate careers and several programs from the bottom half of the conference standings in previous years look to make the jump into the NCAA tournament conversation.

William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton is the only returning first-team all-conference selection and is the league’s best player. The Tribe also return Omar Prewitt, the CAA 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year, giving W&M one of the best perimeters in the conference. Chasing the Tribe will be two teams that finished below .500, but have the tools to be serious contenders this season. Northeastern returns six of its top seven scorers, including second-teamer Scott Eatherton and Quincy Ford, who was sidelined all but two games with a back injury. The two 6-foot-8 forwards give the Huskies the CAA’s best frontline. Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich is equipped with some offensive firepower to account for the graduation of CAA top scorer Zeke Upshaw. Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley, both of whom followed Mihalich from Niagara in 2013, are now eligible, as is SMU transfer Brian Bernardi. That trio joins senior guard Dion Nesmith.

Drexel, Delaware, James Madison and Towson have all lost significant contributions, but could still pieces to offset the lost production. Damion Lee has recovered from last December’s ACL tear. He averaged 17.1 points per game for Drexel as a sophomore in 2012-2013. Gone from Delaware are four double-digit scorers, but Kyle Anderson remains, as the Blue Hens will shift to a strong defensive-minded team in 2013-2014. Two-time player of the year Jerrelle Benimon graduated last spring, but Towson does bring back Timajh Parker-Rivera and Four McGlynn while James Madison won’t have its full roster until late November.

The Dukes suspended talented scorer Andre Nation for the first five games. He missed 15 games last season due to violation of the athletic department. Northeastern has also dealt with personnel issues as starting guard Demetrius Pollard left the program earlier this month, although he remains enrolled at the university.

The CAA welcomes Elon from the Southern Conference. Elon’s Matt Matheny is one of three new CAA head coaches. Rick Pitino’s former assistant Kevin Keatts takes over at UNC-Wilmington while former Clemson assistant Earl Grant got a late start to his first season on the College of Charleston bench after the school fired Doug Wojick in early August.


In: Elon
Out: None

PRESEASON CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

The 6-foot-4 two-guard is the conference’s top returning scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game, going for 20 or more 14 times during his junior campaign that ended with first-team all-CAA honors. Thornton back-rimmed what would have been a game-winning, buzzer-beater in the CAA championship game against Delaware; a missed shot that likely fueled his offseason workouts this summer.


  • Kyle Anderson, Delaware: The Blue Hens lost four of five double-digit scorers. Anderson, the only one to start all 35 games, should see an increase in production this season for the reigning CAA champion.
  • Scott Eatherton, Northeastern: The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a double-double last season, posting 15.9 points and 10.2 boards per game.
  • Juan’ya Green, Hofstra: One of three transfers eligible this season for a revamped roster. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game for Niagara in 2012-2013.
  • Damion Lee, Drexel: Missed all but five games last year due to an ACL tear. When Lee is healthy, Drexel is a contender and he is a player of the year candidate.



1. William & Mary
2. Northeastern
3. Hofstra
4. Drexel
5. Delaware
6. James Madison
7. Towson
8. College of Charleston
9. Elon

College of Charleston hires third assistant for Earl Grant’s staff

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College of Charleston first-year head coach Earl Grant completed his coaching staff on Thursday, as the school announced the hiring Quinton Ferrell as an assistant coach.

“Quinton Ferrell is a young coach I have watched grow over the years,” Grant said in a statement. “He has a great future in our profession, because of his ability to connect. His work ethic, sincerity and his ability to develop relationships will allow him to recruit great players to Charleston. Quinton is very familiar with the state of South Carolina which will allow us to keep talent in the state.”

Ferrell, a 2007 graduate of Presbyterian, was with Army last season as an assistant coach. His coaching career began in the 2007-2008 season with his alma mater, as the Blue Hose made the transition into Division I basketball. Bridging those two stints at Presbyterian and Army was a one-year stay at The Citadel in 2012-2013. Grant hired longtime Citadel assistant J.P. Powell as the CofC’s director of basketball operations on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Grant hired his first assistant, Dick Bender, who he spent four years with a Clemson. Grant is retaining assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean from the previous staff. For a portion of the summer, Reynolds Dean served as the acting head coach while the school suspended Doug Wojcik for the month of August before eventually relieving him of his head coaching duties.

Now that Grant has his staff in place, his focus will be on the start of the college basketball season, which is a week away. Due to the events of this summer, the Cougars go in with less preparation as a program. CofC brings back three of its top four scorers, though, only one of those returnees scored in double figures, in what was a struggling offense in 2013-2014. But the Colonial Athletic Association has an uncertain outlook. Delaware, Towson and Drexel have all lost key pieces while William & Mary has the top returning scorer in Marcus Thornton and Northeastern and Hofstra have the foundations to make a jump into the top half of the conference.

College of Charleston opens its season on Nov. 14 at Furman.