When College of Charleston and The Citadel walk off the basketball court tonight at TD Arena, it will mark a change for the downtown rivals separated by just a couple of miles.
CROSS-TOWN RIVALSThe Citadel vs. College of CharlestonOverall Series: CofC leads, 50-39Since CofC joined the SoCon: CofC leads, 22-5Last 10 meetings: CofC leads, 7-3.Top 5 Games since 1998-99 season. 1. College of Charleston 66, The Citadel 63When: Feb. 10, 2005Highlight: Down 16 points with 4:40 to play, Cougars guard Dontaye Draper scores 14 of his game-high 24 points to lead College of Charleston’s comeback.2. Citadel 60, College of Charleston 58When: Feb. 4, 2002Highlight: The Bulldogs control the boards and Erik Wilson scores a career-high 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Cliff Washhurn scores a team--high 16 points and grabs 9 rebounds as Bulldogs win.3. College of Charleston 73, The Citadel 69Date: Jan. 14, 2013Highlight: Andrew Lawrence scores 21 points, including go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds, to lead Cougars to victory.4. Citadel 62, College of Charleston 58When: Feb. 12, 2001Highlight: In back-and-forth game, The Citadel’s Alan Puckett scores 18 points, hitting 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Citadel forward Cliff Washburn had 17 points, while Jeff Bolton had 20 points for the Cougars.5. College of Charleston 58, The Citadel 49When: Feb. 19, 2000Highlight: The Cougars, who trailed 22-13 midway through the first half, hold Citadel scoreless for more than 11 minutes.
Unless the Cougars and Bulldogs meet in the Southern Conference tournament in March, this game will be the final time they face each other as members of the SoCon. It also likely will be the last time they play each other twice in a season.
The Citadel at College of Charleston
The Citadel at College of Charleston WHEN: 7 p.m.WHERE: TD ArenaRADIO: WTMZ 910-AM; WQNT 1450-AMRECORDS: The Citadel 4-13, 1-6 SoCon; College of Charleston 12-7, 4-3Line: College of Charleston by 19NOTES: College of Charleston beat The Citadel, 73-69, at McAlister Field House on Jan. 14. The Cougars were led by Andrew Lawrence’s 21 points, while the Bulldogs were led by Mike Groselle’s 19 points … Cougars lead all-time series, 50-39, and have won 19 of last 22 meetings … Bulldogs are coming off 70-55 win over Georgia Southern, snapping a 12-game losing streak. Clemson at Florida StateWHEN: 8 p.m.WHERE: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.RECORDS: Clemson 10-7, 2-3 ACC; Florida State 10-7, 2-2TV: WMMPRADIO: WQSC 1340-AM, WJKB 950-AMLine: Florida State by 4˝NOTES: Seminoles defeated Clemson earlier this year, 71-66, in ACC opener for both teams … Devin Booker had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Tigers’ loss … Florida State is coming off a 56-36 loss to Virginia … Clemson is coming off a 66-62 loss at N.C. State … Seminoles are one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the ACC, making 37.5 percent of their 3s.
The College of Charleston is leaving the Southern Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association next season. The Cougars joined the SoCon in 1998.
Today’s game, which starts at 7 p.m., marks the 90th meeting between The Citadel and College of Charleston. The Cougars lead the series, 50-39, and are 22-5 during SoCon play.
“I guess it is kind of a pretty significant game considering all the history between the two teams,” said first-year College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik, who got his first taste of the rivalry just 10 days ago when the Cougars beat the Bulldogs, 73-69, at McAlister Field House.
“It’s been a really competitive series over the years and there’s certainly a local flavor, a local interest, to it. It’s a rivalry game, but we’re trying to look at it like any other game, it’s a big game because it’s our next game.”
Officials from the College of Charleston and The Citadel have already had preliminary meetings about continuing the series that dates back to 1901. Wojcik and Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell have been close friends for nearly three decades and have already talked about scheduling a game for next season.
“All of The Citadel people I talk to would like to see it continue, so I’m all for it,” Driesell said. “It’s a great game and should remain on our schedule. (Doug) and I have talked it about preliminarily. We’ll play once a year, either here or there, and the following year, we’ll flip-flop. Once we get it worked out where it starts, we’ll just rotate from there.”
Wojcik said the Cougars would be willing to play next season at The Citadel.
“We’re definitely going to play,” Wojcik said. “It’s about nailing down a date right now. We’re hoping to schedule it sometime between November and December, but I know we’ll work it out.”
College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull said he hopes to continue playing other in-state SoCon rivals — Wofford and Furman — along with Davidson.
“Our first priority is going to be The Citadel, and that’s not just in basketball. That’ll be all sports,” Hull said. “As soon as we made the decision to go to the CAA, we called The Citadel and talked about scheduling. There’s some work to be done, but in every sport we both compete in we’re planning on playing.
“As far as other SoCon schools, if it makes sense for both schools, we want to continue to play each other. We’re just not as far along with those schools as we are with the Citadel.”
Although Citadel freshman Matt Van Scyoc got his first taste of the rivalry just 10 days ago, he already understands its intensity. Van Scyoc was whistled for a technical foul during the first meeting.
“We’d like to play them as often as possible,” Van Scyoc said. “Just from playing one game, I can see what a good rivalry it is. During the summer, we go over and play with their guys, so we know most of them personally. We know them well. It’s a fun game. To be able to keep it going, that would be awesome.”