COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 93, WESTERN CAROLINA 64
Andrew Goudelock gave the 3,957 fans at Carolina First Arena plenty to talk about Thursday night as he became the College of Charleston's career scoring leader and led the Cougars to a 93-64 thumping of Western Carolina.
Needing 18 points to break Ken Gustafson's 35-year-old record of 2,135 points, the 6-2 senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., reached that number with 2:12 left in the first half when he hit a floater going down the lane. A minute later he hit a 3-pointer, his third of the night, to help the Cougars take a 48-28 halftime lead. And he was a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor in the second half to finish the game with 29 points, four rebounds and three assists as the Cougars improved to 13-6 and 6-1 in the Southern Conference. Goudelock, who now has 2,147 career points, sat out the final 10:27 of the game.
"It feels great. But breaking records and doing individual stuff isn't anything if your team isn't winning," Goudelock said.
"I've been fortunate to coach some great players in my career and Drew Goudelock is as good a player as I've
ever coached," said Cougars coach Bobby Cremins, who also reached a milestone with his 100th career win at the College of Charleston. Cremins, now 100-55 at Charleston, became the 11th NCAA Division I coach to win 100 games at three different schools. He was 100-70 in six seasons at Appalachian State and 354-237 in 19 seasons at Georgia Tech.
Goudelock caught fire early and the crowd threw its support behind him as he approached Gustafson's record, encouraging him to shoot whenever he touched the ball until he granted their wish.
"I got a little emotional for a second. I thought I was about to cry. It's kind of surreal to do something like that," said Goudelock, whose parents, Marvin and Angela Austin drove six hours to witness their son's accomplishment. "My parents have always supported me and I've always had a lot of good people around me. They've always had my back. It feels great."
Fellow senior Jeremy Simmons, who had 20 points and five rebounds, said he knew Goudelock was close to the record.
"He got it pretty quick. Once we heard everybody cheering, I looked at the screen and said 'Oh, that's what they're cheering about,' " Simmons said. "That's a great accomplishment. It's like coach says, he could play for anybody. I'm glad he came here."
Cremins said the blowout victory was unexpected.
"They came in here with a four-game winning streak. They defeated a Big East team (DePaul in November). We had great respect for them coming in here," Cremins said. "Of course, Goudelock is amazing. We didn't talk about it beforehand. I told (Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter), 'Goudelock is something.' He said you'd better believe it. I'm sure (the rest of the Southern Conference) is going to be glad when he's gone next year.
"He had tremendous concentration. He was made some great shots. When he makes shots, he energizes everybody. He energizes the crowd."
The Cougars started fast with Simmons scoring eight of Charleston's first 10 points. An 8-0 run, sparked by a couple of Goudelock 3-pointers, helped the Cougars jump to a 25-13 lead, and the Cougars continued to build their working margin, eventually going ahead by 36 points, 86-50, with 4 1/2 minutes left, allowing Cremins to empty his bench.
Cremins had plenty of praise for other players as well, including Simmons; sixth man Andrew Lawrence, who had eight points and seven assists; point guard Donavan Monroe, who scored 10 points and had five assists; and sophomore forward Willis Hall, who had 10 points and six rebounds.
The Cougars were coming off their first conference loss, a 91-88 defeat at North Division leader Chattanooga, and Cremins said he was proud of the way his team rebounded from the setback and hopes they can continue their good play Saturday when the Cougars host Appalachian State at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised by SportSouth. There will be a pregame presentation of Thursday's game ball by Gustafson to Goudelock.
"We've still got some things to work on," Cremins said. "We just didn't expect this. Once Goudelock gets hot like that, he energizes everybody. We're still a work in progress, I assure you."
Western Carolina (8-11, 4-3) was led by Brandon Boggs with 19 points and nine rebounds. Mike Williams added 18 points and Trey Sumler scored 11.