Four Bulldogs Top Double Figures in 81-63 Victory Over Mountaineers
CHARLESTON, S.C.- Cameron Wells scored 19 points to lead four Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs ran past Appalachian State, 81-63, at McAlister Field House. The senior point guard, alongside Mike Groselle (18 points), Zach Urbanus (17 points) and Bo Holston (15 points), helped The Citadel win their second straight Southern Conference game behind a 34-of-55 (61.8%) performance from the floor. The Dogs managed better than 60 percent shooting in each half and converted 7-of-16 (43.8%) 3-point attempts to finish with consecutive halves of 40 points or more.
Holston established a new career-high along the way knocking down all seven field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, to finish with 15 points. He was joined in the post by Groselle, who shot 9-of-12 from the floor, while Wells (8-14) and Urbanus (6-12) rounded out the starters. Urbanus finished 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, marking the 14th time in his Bulldog career that he has converted five or more 3-pointers. Reserve Bryan Streeter capped off a 4-of-5 shooting performance with eight points, three rebounds and two assists. Classmate Daniel Eykyn was the only remaining Bulldog with points, four, as he hit four free throw attempts in the game. Wells cleared the glass for a team-best six rebounds, followed by Groselle and Holston who each had five. The victory moves The Citadel to 7-13 overall and 3-5 in conference action.
Appalachian State (8-10, 4-4) was led by Donald Sims' game-high 28 points. Sims, who finished 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-8 from 3-point range, was held to nine points in the second half. Teammate Petey Hausey was the only other ASU player in double figures, finishing with 12 points. The Mountaineers struggled mightily throughout the first half, hitting 8-of-27 from field goal range. In the second half they finished 16-31 (51.6%), but were unable to pull within single digits. Andre Williamson grabbed a game-high seven boards as the two teams finished deadlocked, 28-28, in rebounds.
"We went into this game knowing that in order to win that we were going to have to play great defense," said head coach Chuck Driesell. "They were averaging 75.8 points per game and if we held them into the 60's, we'd give ourselves a chance."
The Dogs maintained their double figure halftime advantage with six points from Groselle in the first 2:48 of the second half. Hausley responded with eight of ASU's next 18 points, during an 8:01 stretch of the game, cutting the lead to 63-50.
The inside attack of Holston and Groselle hit back-to-back buckets to stretch the lead to 67-50. Following a layup by Marcus Wright, Wells found Holston on the left wing for an open 3-pointer. Two possessions later Wells buried a jumper to provide a 72-52 Bulldogs advantage.
The trio of Groselle, Urbanus and Wells scored the final nine points for the Cadets, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Wells on the left wing. The Citadel capped off a stretch of three halves, dating back to the 13-point second half comeback against Samford, in which the Bulldogs have hit 47-of-80 (58.8%) from the field.
The Citadel opened the game by hitting 16-of-26 (61.5%) from field goal range, taking a 41-25 lead into the intermission. It marked the best field percentage by the Dogs since a 56.7% opening half against Georgia Southern. Wells scored 10 points to lead six players in scoring as the Bulldogs held Appalachian State to their lowest first half total of the season. Rounding out first half scoring leaders was Urbanus (9 points) and the trio of Groselle, Holston and Streeter who tallied six apiece. The Cadets converted all six free throw attempts, led by a 4-for-4 performance by Daniel Eykyn.
On the backs of Groselle and Holston, who scored six and four points respectively, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 10-5 lead at the 14:54 mark. Despite five points by Anthony Breeze, which kept ASU within two points of a tie, The Citadel scored 12 of the next 17 points over a 6:17 stretch to assume a 22-10 advantage.
Sims broke the Mountaineer scoring drought with a long range 3-pointer, quickly answered by Urbanus with his own shot from beyond the arc, making for a 26-13 score. The Bulldogs continued to pour it on offensively with a quick 6-0 spurt, pulling ahead 32-13. The Citadel closed the half by scoring nine points, behind four points from Wells and three by Urbanus to assume the 41-25 lead.
The Citadel remains at home this weekend when they face Western Carolina on Saturday evening, again at 7:05 p.m. For further news on Citadel Basketball please visit www.citadelsports.com.