Groselle Records Game-High 17 Points in 69-54 Downing at College of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Willis Hall scored 14 points and led three College of Charleston players in double figures as the Cougars earned a 69-54 victory over The Citadel at TD Arena on Thursday evening. Hall was joined in scoring by Andrew Lawrence (12) and Anthony Stitt (10), as CofC knocked down 50 percent from the field in the second half to earn their sixth consecutive win in the series.
Hall capped off his performance by hitting 7-of-8 from the field and guided the way for a CofC offense that shot 25-of-57 (43.9%) from the floor. Lawrence finished 4-of-9 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Stitt converted two 3-pointers and a team-high four free throws. College of Charleston improved to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play.
The Cougars benefitted from 48 total rebounds, including 16 on the offensive glass. College of Charleston's 32 defensive rebounds were the 15th most by a Citadel SoCon opponent during the regular season. Adjehi Baru took home game-high honors as he climbed the glass for 12 rebounds (10 defensive). Trent Wiedeman tacked on seven boards (three offensive), while teammate Willis Hall also made his presence felt with five rebounds, snagging three on the defensive end.
Mike Groselle was the bright spot for The Citadel (4-14, 1-7 SoCon) offense with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. The senior center hit 8-of-17 from the floor, both game highs, to notch his first back-to-back double figure contests in over a month. Sophomore guard Ashton Moore narrowly missed double figures as he added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
The Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive rhythm, hitting just 23-of-63 (36.5%) from the field. The Citadel offense was not limited by turnovers, tying a season low (seven), which was previously set at UNCG. However, the Cadets made just six trips to the free throw line, as CofC committed only seven personal fouls in the contest.
Working with a seven-point lead at the intermission, College of Charleston maintained its lead over The Citadel to open the second half, despite seven points from the trio of Moore, Groselle and Marshall Harris III.
After Lawrence Miller found Harris open in the corner for a 3-pointer, trimming the deficit to eight, College of Charleston ran off 10 of the next 11 points, over span of 3:52, to move in front 49-32. The scoring stretch was highlighted by an alley-oop pass from Wiedeman to Baru and a 3-pointer off the hand of Matt Sundberg.
Groselle responded with the Bulldogs' next six points, but the Cougars extended the lead to 57-38 following a long range 3-pointer by Anthony Stitt.
Six Bulldogs, including Stephen Elmore and Janeil Jenkins who accounted for four points each, made up the final 16 Citadel points of the game. Meanwhile, College of Charleston was led offensively by Theo Johnson, whose four points over the final 7:39 of the contest helped provide CofC with its seventh victory at home this season.
Despite being limited by two early fouls, Groselle led seven Citadel players in scoring with six points, converting 3-of-7 from the floor. Joining Groselle among the offensive leaders were Moore (five points) and Horgan (four).
The Citadel made up for its offensive struggles with a strong showing on the defensive end that included five steals, highlighted by Harris' three in the opening frame. The Bulldogs also grabbed 10 defensive rebounds, led by the trio of Groselle, Moore and Elmore, who had two apiece.
College of Charleston's offense came primarily from the duo of Lawrence and Willis Hall, who were responsible for eight points apiece. Hall knocked down 4-of-5 from the field, leading all Cougar shooters, while Lawrence connected on 2-of-5 from the field, including a pair of treys.
The Citadel spent their first timeout of the contest after falling behind 10-2 following a pair of Lawrence 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs outscored CofC over the next 5:26 of the contest, taking advantage of layups by Groselle and Harris along with a jumper by Van Scyoc, cutting the lead to 16-10 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Trailing 20-10, following a dunk by Wiedeman, The Citadel responded with buckets by Jenkins and Groselle to again pull within six.
Just over a minute later Miller drained a 3-pointer and narrowed the deficit to three, 20-17, only to allow a four straight points by College of Charleston over the next 2:23 of the frame.
A 3-pointer by Moore again brought the Bulldogs within striking distance, 24-20, but CofC answered with a trey by Lawrence and a layup from Hall to make for the 29-20 lead.
Despite layups by Groselle and Moore, The Citadel headed to the lockerroom facing a 31-24 deficit at the intermission.
The Citadel returns home on Saturday afternoon when it host Elon for the first of two straight games at McAlister Field House. The Bulldogs and Phoenix tip-off at 2:05 p.m. in a game sponsored by TD Bank and Allstate Insurance. Immediately following the contest will be The Citadel alumni game.