College of Charleston senior Anthony Thomas has been around long enough to know that a basketball player can't afford to dwell on the past.
No matter how good or bad he played in the previous game, it is important to move on and get ready for the next one.
Thomas, for one, would like to put Sunday's 72-57 loss to Towson behind him as quickly as possible. The easiest way to forget about a bad performance is to win the next game on the schedule, Thomas said.
The Cougars (10-9, 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) will take on UNC Wilmington (6-14, 0-5) on Wednesday at TD Arena. The 7 p.m. game will be televised regionally by CSS.
Thomas, who has been one of the Cougars' most consistent performers, didn't play up to his normally high standards, struggling to get to the rim against a physical Towson squad. Thomas managed just seven points and had only one rebound. He also had three turnovers.
"I think everyone has to have a short memory," Thomas said. "As much as that game hurt, we've got to learn from our mistakes and put it behind us and prepare for the next game because it's just as big."
A year ago, the 6-7 Thomas was a nightmare matchup for opponents in the Southern Conference. Few teams in the SoCon had a player with his height and skill set. This year, he's finding it more difficult to get to the basket against bigger, longer and more athletic wing players in the CAA.
"The guys in the CAA are more athletic, more versatile," Thomas said. "In the SoCon there might have been one or two guys like myself that can play multiple positions, but in the CAA every team has that 6-6 or 6-7 guy that can play four different positions. We kind of had an advantage on other teams in the SoCon because of the way I played, but not so much this year in the CAA."
The Seahawks are a desperate team, searching for their first win in more than a month. UNC Wilmington has lost nine straight games and has yet to win in the CAA this season. The Seahawks' last win came on Dec. 3 against Campbell (79-60).
"You look at the Towson tape and you see how they ended the game (60-53) and how we ended the Towson game and they're right there," said College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik. "They could have easily won the game. They played really, really well. There's not a big margin between the teams in this conference."
In their last game, the Seahawks had a 13-point lead at halftime against Drexel, but stumbled through a miserable shooting performance in the second half and eventually lost by 16 points, 79-63.
Wilmington's Cedrick Williams has been one of the top post players in the CAA this season. The 6-9 Williams is averaging 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, while point guard Chris Dixon has scored in double figures in each of his last four games.
"Cedrick Williams is a really good player," Wojcik said. "You look at his numbers and his length and he's impressive. He can score in the paint, he can run the floor, rebound and block shots. Dixon likes to attack. They have very good pieces, but for whatever reason haven't been able to put it all together yet."
Charleston Cougars forward Anthony Thomas (3) contest a shot by a Towson Tigers player during the game between Towson State and the College of Charleston Jan. 19, 2014 at TD Arena . Towson Tigers defeats the Cougars 72-57. (Shane Roper/Special to The Post and Courier)×
Charleston Cougars forward Anthony Thomas (3) shoots the ball and finishes the game with 7 points during the game between Towson State and the College of Charleston Jan. 19, 2014 at TD Arena . Towson Tigers defeats the Cougars 72-57. (Shane Roper/Special to The Post and Courier)×