The College of Charleston was hot from beyond the 3-point arc Saturday and rolled to a 74-62 win over Appalachian State at Holmes Center in Boone, N.C.
The victory ended a difficult 3-game road swing for the Cougars, who beat Samford Monday and lost by a point in double-overtime to Elon Thursday. Charleston will take a 14-10 and 6-7 record into an 8 p.m. game Thursday at TD Arena against Western Carolina, which lost at home Saturday to Georgia Southern, 68-65.
"I was very, very happy the way we came into the game. We came in focused and ready to play," interim coach Mark Byington said, pointing out the contrast with the loss at Elon in which the Cougars had to fight back from a 23-point first-half deficit to force overtime.
"Andrew Lawrence was tremendous. Trent Wiedeman was very, very good, although he (twisted) his ankle," Byington added. "We shot probably the highest percentage we've shot in a month and that was because we took open shots. We're getting closer, but we're not there year. If I had to grade our shot selection today it would probably be an A."
Lawrence, who played all 50 minutes of the double-overtime loss to Elon, managed to sneak in four minutes of rest Saturday. He hit 6 of 8 3-point attempts, including his first five in the first half. One of those was an attempted lob that fell in.
Lawrence added seven assists, giving him 31 in the last four games, and had three steals and three rebounds while committing four of Charleston's nine turnovers. Wiedeman had 14 points, including the Cougars' first six of the game, along with five rebounds. Nori Johnson added 11 points, while Adjehi Baru had five points and nine rebounds.
Charleston shot 43.4 percent from the floor (23 of 53) and was 11 for 26 (42.3 percent) from behind the 3-point line. The Cougars also managed to hit 17 of 22 free throws.
The Cougars lead the series with Appalachian State, 17-11, and has won five of the last seven meetings.
Appalachian State, which fell to 9-13, 5-7, was led by Nathan Healy, who had 12 points and eight rebounds. Isaac Butts and Tab Hamilton each added 10 points. The Mountaineers owned a huge 46-32 rebounding advantage but shot just 37 percent (26 for 70), including 3 of 19 3-pointers (15.8 percent).
3-Point Field Goals -- CofC 11-26 (Wiggins 0-5, Lawrence 6-8, Johnson 3-5, Sunbberg 1-6, Scott 1-2); ASU 3-19 (Healy 1-2, Williamson 0-1, Hamilton 2-3, Trice 0-6, Neal 0-3, Vilarino 0-1, Carter 0-3). Steals -- CofC 7 (Lawrence 3); ASU 4 (Neal 2). Blocks -- CofC 7 (Wiedeman 3); ASU 3 (Healy 2). Turnovers -- CofC 8 (Lawrence 4); ASU 13 (Neal 4). Technicals -- CofC 1 (Baru); ASU 1 (Trice). A--2,533.