January 25, 2012

Citadel Hoops Returns to McAlister Field House for SoCon Clash with Wofford

Wofford vs. The Citadel Game Notes

Charleston, S.C.—
The Citadel Basketball team begins a two-game home stand on Thursday evening when they host Wofford at McAlister Field House for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff.  The Bulldogs (4-15, 1-7 SoCon) are looking to win their first game at home since Jan. 7, when they came away with a 73-62 victory over Samford, and in the process snap a 10-game losing streak against the Upstate rival Terriers. Meanwhile, Wofford (12-8, 5-3 SoCon) is in the midst of a three-game winning streak that includes victories over Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Furman.

FRESHMEN PAIR MAKING RUN UP THE CHARTS: The duo of Marshall Harris III and Ashton Moore have moved within striking distance of top-10 of two freshmen categories following solid months of January.

Harris III, who has 46 assists through the first 19 games of the season, is currently tied for 11th place in all-time freshmen assist with Johnny Smith (1986-87). Behind 16 assists in the month of January, the San Antonio, Texas native has moved within two assists of Kenny Milford for 10th-most in program history. Harris III, who dished out six assists against Georgia Southern on Monday night, finishing three short of a career-best that he set against VMI (Nov. 11).

Moore, who leads the current group of freshmen with 85 field goals, is locked in a tie for 13th on the all-time freshman field goals made list with Tom Slawson (1976-77). Moore has managed to hit 20-of-62 field goals in the month of January, including eight from 3-point range, moving him within 14 field goals of Ron Shiver (1998-99) for 10th on the Dogs' all-time list.

TRENDS IN THE CITADEL-WOFFORD RIVALRY

All-Time Series Record: Wofford leads series, 46-45
Last 10 Games: Wofford won 10 straight (dating back to Feb. 12, 2007)
Longest Citadel Win Streak: 11 games (Jan. 6, 1969-Jan. 26, 1998)
Longest Wofford Win Streak: 10 games (Feb. 13, 1932-Jan. 16, 1937; Feb. 12, 2007-current)
First Game: Feb. 10, 1921 (Wofford won, 22-21)
Most Recent Game: Dec. 3, 2011 (Wofford won, 82-63)
Total Citadel Points: 4860
Citadel PPG Average: 53.4
Total Wofford Points: 4935
Wofford PPG Average: 54.2
Average Margin of Victory: 0.8 points per game--Wofford


LATE BLOOMERS:
The Citadel has hit 2.5 percent better from field goal range in the second half and overtime than that of the first half. The Bulldogs, who have combined to hit 216-of-504 (42.9%) shots in he opening frame, have hit 45 more field goals (261-of-571, 45.4%) from the floor in the second half and three overtime sessions played this season. The Bulldogs have had 10 games in which they have hit 14-or-more field goals in the second half, including a season-high 18 field goals against VMI at the All-Military Classic in Colorado Springs. The second-most field goals in the second half, 16, came against intracity foe Charleston Southern on Dec. 14.

Furthermore, The Citadel has made two more 3-pointers in the second half (58-164, 35.4%) than the first half (56-157, 35.7%). The biggest difference in scoring for the Dogs is the number of first half free throws (88-121, .727) as opposed to free throws in the second half and overtime, where the team is 119-of-208 (42.8%).

GROSELLE ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE CHARTS: Junior center Mike Groselle continues his ascension on The Citadel's career double-double list when he recorded his third double-double in the month of January on Monday against Georgia Southern. Groselle finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds against the Eagles after previous double dips this month against UVA-Wise (19 pts., 13 rebs.) and Elon (17 pts., 11 rebs.). His outing against the Phoenix broke a three-way tie with Craig Burgess and Matt Newman on the Bulldogs all-time list. These performances gave Groselle his ninth double-double of the 2011-12 campaign, placing him behind only Patrick Elmore (12, 1989-90) and Regan Truesdale (10, 1984-85) for the most in a single-season in Citadel history.

The Plano, Texas native only trails J'Mel Everhart (19), currently in second place, and Regan Truesdale (22) for most in program history.

BURROWS NUMBER No. 3 JERSEY SET TO BE HONORED: The Citadel Department of Athletics will honor Col. Jake Burrows' jersey number three with a banner in McAlister Field House to commemorate the Hall of Famer's many contributions to his alma mater.

During halftime of the January 28th basketball game against rival Furman University, the Military College of South Carolina will unfurl their fourth banner alongside Les Robinson, Art Musselman and Regan Truesdale as individuals who have been previously recognized.  Another banner reflects the Bulldogs' participation in the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the college lone postseason appearance.

The 93-year-old Burrows, a member of the Class of 1940, is the lone member of the college's Hall of Fame who was both Regimental Commander and First Honor Graduate of his class.  As an athlete in which he competed for three years (freshmen were ineligible), Burrows earned eight total letters as he lettered in football three times, basketball three times and twice in track. He was an all-state pick in basketball three times and twice was named All-Southern Conference and during his three years of basketball, Burrows averaged 11.5 points per game which equated to 31 percent of the team's total points.  In his three years on the hardwood, The Citadel defeated South Carolina and Furman six straight games each.

PREVIEWING THE OPPOSITION: Wofford (12-8 Overall/5-3 SoCon)

WOFFORD WINS UPSTATE BATTLE WITH FURMAN, 79-72: The Wofford men's basketball team earned a key Southern Conference road win with a 79-72 victory over Furman on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Timmons Arena. The Terriers were down seven points at the half, but outscored the Paladins by 14 points in the second half for the win.

Wofford is now 12-8 on the season and 5-3 in the Southern Conference, while Furman is 9-10 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The Terriers were led by Kevin Giltner with 26 points and Brad Loesing with 21 points. Lee Skinner led the team with nine rebounds. The Paladins were led by Brandon Sebirumbi with 18 points, while Charlie Reddick had 14 points and four rebounds.

The Paladins scored first and had an 8-4 lead after back-to-back three pointers with 15:40 on the clock. Drew Crowell tied the game at eight points each. Furman was able to go on a 7-0 run to take a 15-8 lead with 11:26 left in the first half. Jarell Byrd ended the run with a lay-up and a three by Lee Skinner made it a 15-13 score at the mid-point of the first half.

Furman then went on an 8-1 run, which included five free throws, to take a 23-14 lead with eight minutes on the clock. Kevin Giltner hit a three pointer and two free throws to cut the lead to 23- 19 at the seven minute mark. Furman hit back-to-back three to push the lead back to 33-25 with four minutes to play. After another couple three pointers, the Paladins had a 40-29 advantage with two minutes left in the first half. At the break, Furman had a 42-35 lead which was partly due to seven three pointers.

Wofford opened the second half with four points, but Furman then hit another three. Karl Cochran answered with a three for the Terriers to make it a 45-42 game three minutes into play. After both teams were called for technical fouls, Kevin Giltner hit a three pointer to give Wofford a 47-45 lead, the first of the game for the Terriers at 15:40. With 10:21 remaining in the game, the score was tied at 54 after a three by Brad Loesing.

Back-to-back threes by Brad Loesing and Kevin Giltner gave Wofford a 60-54 advantage with 7:52 left in the second half. The 11-0 run for the Terriers continued with two free throws by Brad Loesing for a 62-54 lead before the Paladins scored with seven minutes remaining. A three by Kevin Giltner from the corner gave Wofford a 71-59 lead with 4:14 on the clock.

With 1:55 remaining, the Terriers had a 73-66 lead. Furman cut the lead to 73-70 with 54 seconds left after a basket by Brandon Sebirumbi. Karl Cochran dunked with 19 seconds left and Brad Loesing added two free throws for a 77-70 lead. Two free throws by Kevin Giltner with one second on the clock provided the 79-72 final margin of victory.

The Terriers shot 51.0% from the floor for the evening, while Furman shot 52.9% overall. Wofford finished 8-13 from behind the arc. The Paladins went 11-of-22 from three. Wofford was 21-of-25 from the free throw line, while Furman went 7-of-11 from the charity stripe. The Terriers had a 35 to 17 lead on the glass.

The Terriers marked the first win of the season when trailing at the half. It was only the third road win of the year, along with wins at Bradley and Wake Forest. Kevin Giltner scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season. Mike Young was called for a technical foul at 8:36 in the first half, only the third of his career. In the second half at 15:56, Kevin Giltner and Charlie Reddick were called for technical fouls.

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