Andrew Goudelock wasn't the perfect scoring machine Saturday, but he came pretty close for 20 minutes.
After going 0-for-5 on his 3-point attempts in the first half, Goudelock caught fire in the second half to pace the College of Charleston to a 74-54 Southern Conference win over Samford before a sellout crowd of 5,031 at Carolina First Arena and a regional television audience.
Goudelock hit 7-of-8 long-range shots in the second half and scored 25 points as the Cougars improved to 16-8, 11-2 in the SoCon. The Cougars are unbeaten in 10 games at Carolina First Arena this season. Samford fell to 9-15, 3-9.
"Shooting 3s is a streaky thing. You never know." said Goudelock, whose seven 3-pointers was a career high and one short of the school record held by Dontaye Draper. "Coach (Bobby Cremins) came in at halftime and told me to keep shooting, to keep my head in the game. So I just listened to him and kept playing my game. The shots started falling."
The Cougars hit 18 of 42 3-point attempts against the Bulldogs, one short of their school record (19 in a loss this year at Western Carolina) and two short of the school record for attempts (44 Thursday against Chattanooga). They have connected on 35 3-pointers in the last two games and have hit 10 or more in nine games.
"Basically, I told our team we need to get off to a good start," Cremins said. "If we get behind with Samford, it could be a long night. We got off to a great start. It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful. They even had two points taken away from them (following a shot clock review)."
The Cougars jumped out to a 13-2 lead and were never challenged. Even with Goudelock misfiring, the Cougars managed to build their lead to 24 at the half on Tony White Jr.'s long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
White, who had only three points in the Cougars' first win at Samford, said that game was still in the back of his head.
"I didn't play my best," he said. "They kind of frustrated me a little bit. My teammates told me to keep playing my game."
Cremins said he reminded his players at halftime there was still plenty of work to be done.
"I had a little flashback about Chattanooga Thursday night," he said referring to the Cougars allowing the Mocs to slash a 29-point deficit to 10. "I didn't want that to happen, not against Samford. Because if they get the momentum … they can shoot 3s. I didn't want to see any of that 12-, 10-point stuff.
"Goudelock was amazing in the second half. The first half they gave him the long-range stuff and challenged him to drive. He got a little bit confused. But to his credit, he adjusted. All I told him at halftime was you've got to take what they give you."
White had 15 points and went 5 for 10 from 3-point distance. Donavan Monroe had 12 points, while Casaan Breeden added six points and a career-high nine rebounds.
The Cougars had a season-high 47 rebounds and Samford's 54 points was a season low by an opponent.
Samford was led by Trey Montgomery who had 23 points and four rebounds.
Charleston's win sets up a 7 p.m. matchup Monday (Comcast Channel 42) against The Citadel at Carolina First Arena.
Charleston won, 61-55, in a January meeting at McAlister Field House but The Citadel swept the Cougars in the 2008-09 season.
Reach Tommy Braswell at firstname.lastname@example.org.