Game Day

Coker vs. College of Charleston

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: TD Arena

Records: CofC 3-5, Coker 4-3.

Radio: WTMZ 910-AM

Coker vs. College of Charleston

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: TD Arena

Records: CofC 3-5, Coker 4-3.

Radio: WTMZ 910-AM

Notes: The Cougars are 10-0 all-time against Division II Coker. Their last meeting, the Cougars beat Coker, 54-45, in 1999. .. The Cougars last lost to a Division II team came a year ago when Anderson beat CofC, 65-49. . The Cougars are coming off a 61-48 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Wooden Legacy tournament on Dec. 1. . CofC is currently one of four CAA teams to boast one of the nation's top 100 strongest non-conference schedules (88th) according to RPIRatings.com. In fact, five of the squad's first eight opponents of the season advanced to the NCAA Tournament or Postseason NIT a year ago in defending champion Louisville (NCAA), Charlotte (NIT), Miami (NCAA), SDSU (NCAA) and ASU (NIT).

It had the makings of a classic trap game for the College of Charleston.

A year ago, the Cougars were coming off a 42-point loss to eventual national champion Louisville and had a nine-day layoff as the players prepared for their final exams of the fall semester.

The College of Charleston was facing Division II Anderson, which had lost to Limestone by 10 points just one night earlier.

Despite being without leading scorer Andrew Lawrence, who missed the game with an injury, there was just no way the Cougars were going to lose to the Trojans, especially at TD Arena.

And yet they did, 65-49.

It's a lesson that Charleston guard Anthony Stitt said the Cougars had to learn the hard way. On any given night, any team can beat another.

Stitt said the Cougars won't make the same mistake Thursday night when they face Division II Coker at 7 p.m.

It's been more than 10 days since the Cougars were last on the floor. Charleston beat Cal State Fullerton, 61-48, in its final game at the Wooden Legacy tournament in California on Dec. 1. The Cougars hopped a red-eye flight that night, arriving in the Lowcountry early on the morning of Dec. 2, and then dove straight into winter exams.

It's an eerily similar scenario to last year when the Cougars were preparing for Anderson.

"The guys who were here last year, the ones that played against Anderson, that game is always in the back of our minds," Stitt said. "We have to come out and play with a lot of energy against Coker and put our foot on their throats and not give them any chance to let them feel good about themselves. That's what we did with Anderson. We let Anderson hang around, let them make some shots, and they started to feel good about themselves."

Last year's fiasco against Anderson has been mentioned more than once during practice this week, Stitt said.

"Yeah, maybe once or twice," Stitt said with a chuckle. "No one wants to experience that again. I think that's on the older guys - me, Adjehi (Baru), Willis (Hall) and Anthony (Thomas) - to make sure nobody forgets what happened last year. We need to make sure we've got that intensity we need to win. I think we've had a great week of practice."

Canyon Barry, who was redshirting a season ago, said the sting of that loss still lingers with him.

"It's one of those games when I wanted to be out there playing," Barry said. "It was frustrating sitting on the bench and watching that game because there was nothing I could do to help. This year, I think everyone will be ready to play."

College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik said the loss to Anderson is not something he wants his team to dwell on, but they shouldn't forget it either.

"The margin of error is very, very small," Wojcik said. "Furman got beat by Mars Hill and Elon lost to Metro State, so it happens more often than most people think. Those games are constant reminders to the guys that anyone can beat anyone on any given night."