Double-Double by Streeter Sparks Bulldogs to 65-52 Win
Charleston, S.C. -Bryan Streeter notched his second career double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, to finish as one of four players to reach the double figure plateau as The Citadel emerged with a 65-52 victory over Georgia Southern in the Southern Conference opener for both squads. Streeter shared the team-high in points with Zach Urbanus and Austin Dahn, who scored 13 points apiece, while Cameron Wells chipped in 10 points and eight assists. The win improves the Bulldogs to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action.
The Citadel converted a season-high in field goals, hitting 28-of-58 (48.3%), behind six baskets from Streeter and Dahn. Dahn finished with a solid effort by taking advantage of two full court passes by Streeter, which broke the Eagles defense, and grabbing six rebounds. Teammate Urbanus found his shooting touch with three 3-points to go along with a pair of assists. The Bulldogs led two key statistical categories including rebounds (43-30) and points off turnovers (13-8). Streeter was the integral post presence with six of his 10 total rebounds coming on the offensive glass. He was joined in rebounds by Wells (nine) and Groselle (seven).
"In our offense, that's critical," head coach Chuck Driesell said. "Because the ball is going in there. We are going to get the ball inside, so those big men need to do something with it. If' it's not score, they need to make a play out of there, get some offensive rebounds. If they can do that, it will open up things."
Georgia Southern was led offensively by Ben Drayton, who scored seven of a game-high 14 points from the free throw line, along with the efforts of teammates Eric Ferguson (13 points) and Tre Bussey (10 points). Drayton and Bussey, who were the only Eagles to convert a 3-point attempt, combined to finish 3-of-10 from beyond the arc. GSU was led up front by Sam Mike (seven rebounds) and Marvin Baynham (six rebounds) in the contest. The loss moves Georgia Southern to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Holding a 39-20 lead at the intermission, The Citadel scored 10 points over the first 6:19 of the second half. Five different Bulldogs scored during the span which was highlighted by an Urbanus trey from the corner on an assist from Wells.
Leading 49-34, the Bulldogs surrendered six points to the combination of Ferguson, Drayton and Bussey over a 1:29 run, before Urbanus answered with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 56-40 at the 8:13 mark. Dahn followed with back-to-back layups and provided The Citadel with a 60-40 cushion with just under seven minutes remaining.
The trio of Drayton, Bussey and Zuri James scored 10 of Georgia Southern's final 12 points as the Bulldogs first-year head coach Chuck Driesell became the first coach to win his SoCon opener since Dick Campbell in 1967-68.
The energized Streeter led the Cadets with 12 points and five rebounds at the break. Streeter converted 6-of-8 field goals and was instrumental in giving the Bulldogs a 16-8 edge in the paint. Along with solid performances by Wells (8 points) and Dahn (5 points), the trio guided The Citadel to its best offensive half of the season (17-of-30, 56.7%) from the field.
Georgia Southern was limited to 7-of-21 (33.3%) shooting, including a 1-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. Drayton's five points was a team-high, while Eric Ferguson, Marvin Baynham and Sam Mike scored four points apiece. Mike grabbed three rebounds to lead to team on the glass.
Trailing 10-7 in the early stages of the first half The Citadel went on an 11-2 run that spanned 5:10, keyed by four points from Daniel Eykyn and an Urbanus 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs an 18-12 lead. After a scoreless streak by each team, a long distance shot by Dahn combined with jumpers by Streeter and Groselle pushed the Dogs lead to 25-13.
Streeter completed a solid first half of action with six of the team's final 11 points, sparking a 13-5 run by The Citadel who led 38-20 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs will host their second Southern Conference game on Saturday, when they welcome Davidson to McAlister Field House for an afternoon game that begins at 3:05 p.m.
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