CLEMSON -- College of Charleston basketball fans are hoping for a different outcome when the Cougars travel to Littlejohn Coliseum today for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Tigers.
Only two players on the current College of Charleston roster were around for the 94-55 pounding by the Tigers two years ago. Junior guard Andrew Lawrence scored six points and junior forward Matt Sundberg played but did not score. Senior forward Antwaine Wiggins missed the 2009-10 season with a knee injury. The other present-day Cougars were still in high school.
Some of the Cougars do, however, remember last year's 66-59 Clemson victory in Charleston, and they would like to turn things around.
"Clemson is going to be a different atmosphere. I think it will be a fun game. I think all our young guys are ready to play and are pretty focused," said Wiggins, who had 8 points and 11 rebounds a year ago.
Forward Trent Wiedeman, whose rebounding has helped Charleston win its first two games this season, said the Cougars are confident and feel good about their chances at Clemson.
"(Beating Morehead State) was a good confidence booster. We can go into Clemson and get a win," the sophomore said.
Cougars coach Bobby Cremins said he expects the Tigers, 2-0 under second-year coach Brad Brownell, to apply plenty of pressure. The Cougars have committed 35 turnovers in their first two games, while Clemson's two opponents have combined for 34 turnovers. Clemson also has held its opposition to less than 31 percent shooting.