College of Charleston officials had hoped to learn early Wednesday the particulars for the Cougars' second-round game in the National Invitation Tournament after Charleston ousted Dayton, 94-84, Tuesday at Carolina First Arena.
Because of the large turnout for the game -- 4,717 in the 5,100-seat arena -- there was some hope that Charleston might get to host the second-round game against Cleveland State, which drew 1,472 for its 63-60 win over Vermont.
But the Cougars were told Wednesday afternoon that they would be traveling for their next game. Cleveland State is the No. 2 seed, while Charleston is the No. 6 seed in their eight-team region.
It wasn't until later in the evening that the Cougars finally learned when they would play Cleveland State. Their second-round matchup will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and televised by ESPNU.
If Cougars coach Bobby Cremins was disappointed about not getting to host in the second round, he didn't show it Wednesday. Cremins was still talking about the enthusiastic crowd that showed up for Charleston's first NIT appearance since 2003. He said it was especially gratifying to the
coaches and players after the Cougars lost to Wofford in the Southern Conference tournament championship game.
"To walk out there (Tuesday) night and see that crowd, that was impressive. It shows the potential of this city in terms of basketball," Cremins said. "That was priceless walking out there and seeing that. (Director of athletics) Joe Hull and his staff did a great job. It was just a class act, and to be able to do it in 48 hours, that's what was impressive to me. And the game itself turned out to be a great game.
The Cougars, now 25-10, did their part as well in an encore home performance for the seniors.
Andrew Goudelock, already the school's career scoring leader, broke the school's NCAA single-game scoring record with a 39-point performance. It lifted his scoring average by almost half a point, to 23.8 per game, which is currently fourth in the country. Goudelock has scored 2,527 points for Charleston.
Cremins said he didn't know a great deal about Cleveland State, 27-8 and winners of the Horizon League.
"I just know they've got a great player (6-2 senior guard Norris Cole)," Cremins said. "This kid's supposed to be sensational."
Cole is 11th in the country in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game. He scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:23 left, and hit four free throws in the final 26.5 seconds in the Vikings' win over Vermont.