The Citadel Prepares For Non-Conference Meeting with Savannah State
CHARLESTON, S.C.- The Citadel Basketball will play their final non-conference game of the 2010-11 season on Monday night when they welcome Savannah State to McAlister Field House at 7:05 p.m. It marks the eighth meeting in the series between the two schools, dating back to the 1988-89 season with the Bulldogs victorious in each of the first seven. Last season the Cadets emerged with a 54-47 win at Tiger Arena in just their third trip to the Savannah State campus.
FOUND THE RANGE AGAIN: The Citadel again topped the 60 percent plateau for a half on Saturday against Elon, hitting 19-of-31 (61.3%) from the floor in the second half, marking the fifth different time this season that the squad has had a half in which they converted 60 percent or better. The current squad's five halves of 60 percent shooting or better this season tops the 2007-08 unit, who finished the season with four halves of 60 percent shooting. At the end of January the Cadets had a string of four halves in a six half stretch that they hit 60 percent or better from field goal range which marked the longest stretch of any Bulldogs team dating back to the 2002-03 season. It was the first time on record that The Citadel finished with 60 percent shooting or better in consecutive halves which took place in meetings against Appalachian State and Western Carolina. A pair of hot shooting games against Appalachian State (61.8%) and Davidson (64.4%) was the first time since a Dec. 30, 2006 meeting with Atlanta Christian, when they hit 63.8 percent of their field goal attempts, that the Dogs have had a 60 percent outing. Coincidentally it was the first back-to-back 60 percent shooting performance in a game for the Cadets in the last nine seasons.
|Jan. 20, 2011||Appalachian State||61.5%||1st Half|
|Jan. 20, 2011||Appalachian State||62.1%||2nd Half|
|Jan. 20, 2011||Appalachian State||61.8%||Game|
|Jan. 22, 2011||Western Carolina||67.9%||1st Half|
|Jan. 26, 2011||Davidson||70.4%||1st Half|
|Jan. 26, 2011||Davidson||64.4%||Game|
|Feb. 12, 2011||Elon||61.3%||2nd Half|
URBANUS STANDS ALONE IN FIFTH ON SoCON ALL-TIME 3-POINT SHOOTING LIST: The Citadel's all-time leading 3-point shooter, Zach Urbanus, drained three 3-pointers against Elon on Saturday to take sole possession of fifth place on the Southern Conference all-time 3-point shooting list. Urbanus, who finished 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, passed Western Carolina's Jake Robinson (2006-10), for fifth on the SoCon's all-time 3-point list. Urbanus, who entered the season with the most 3-pointers in Citadel history, is the only player in school history to convert 70 or more treys in each of his first three seasons. He is one of three active players, along with Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston) and Donald Sims (Appalachian State), to rank among the Southern Conference list for most prolific 3-point shooters.
PROLIFIC SHOOTER: Sharpshooter Austin Dahn became The Citadel's third all-time best 3-point shooter with a 5-of-6 outing against Elon on Saturday. He passed Travis Cantrell's mark of 228 treys and is now one behind Noy Castillo for second on the list. Dahn reached the milestone by hitting five or more 3-pointers in a single game for the eighth time in his Citadel career. It is the first time this season that Dahn had more than two treys in a single game, which he has had on five different occasions.
|Dec. 13, 2007||at Davidson||5-7|
|Jan. 7, 2008||at UNC Greensboro||5-7|
|Feb. 16, 2008||at Chattanooga||8-14|
|Feb. 28, 2008||vs Furman||5-13|
|Dec. 17, 2008||at (19) Michigan State||5-10|
|Feb. 13, 2010||at Elon||5-6|
|Feb. 20, 2010||vs UNC Greensboro||5-9|
|Feb. 17, 2011||vs Elon||5-6|
WELLS NOTCHES UNIQUE CITADEL FIRST: Cameron Wells' eighth career double-double on Saturday night against Elon placed him in unique company among Bulldogs to record a double-double. None of the previous 273 Citadel double-double performances included a player that topped double figures in assists. The first 138 that took place in school history came by a player reaching double figures in points and rebounds, before Lamar Wright finished with 20 points and 14 turnovers, an unwelcome double-double by player standards. The 129 since that time came by double figures in points and rebounds before Wells finished with 24 points and 10 assists against the Phoenix. It was one day shy of one year to the date that Wells last accomplished the feat when he totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds, also against Elon.
|Dec. 15, 2007||vs Atlanta Christian||26 pts., 10 rebs.|
|Feb. 11, 2008||at Elon||13 pts., 11 rebs.|
|Feb. 6, 2008||vs Chattanooga||20 pts., 10 rebs.|
|Nov. 25, 2008||at Charleston Southern||26 pts., 11 rebs.|
|Nov. 30, 2008||vs Grambling||10 pts., 14 rebs.|
|Jan. 23, 2010||vs Furman||22 pts., 12 rebs.|
|Feb. 13, 2010||at Elon||20 pts., 12 rebs.|
|Feb. 12, 2011||vs Elon||24 pts., 10 assists|
WELLS SCORES 24 IN SECOND HALF AND BREAKS THE CITADEL'S ALL-TIME ASSIST RECORD (Feb. 7): Senior point guard Cameron Wells broke The Citadel all-time assist record, dishing out 10 assists to go along with a game-high 24 points. Along the way he became the first player in school history to amass a double-double by virtue of points and assists. However, Elon took advantage of an 18-point lead at the half to hold onto the victory, 79-72, in Southern Conference action at McAlister Field House. Wells surpassed Kevin Hammack (2002-07), who finished his career with 457 assists, to become just the second all-time leading scorer in the SoCon to lead his school in assists, Western Carolina's Henry Logan being the other.
The Citadel (9-17, 5-9 SoCon) crawled back into the game by hitting 19-of-31 (61.3%) from field goal range, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, in the second half. Wells proved to be the offensive catalyst, scoring all 24 points in the second stanza, converting 9-of-12 from the floor. Teammate Austin Dahn, who moved past Travis Cantrell on the school's all-time 3-point list, finished 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 22 points. Dahn, now with 229 career treys, had his eighth career game in which he converted five 3-pointers or more. The Dogs finished with a 35-33 edge in rebounds behind eight boards apiece from Wells and Bryan Streeter. Wells' 10 dishes also provided a 20-13 advantage for The Citadel in assists between the two units.
Previewing Savannah State (7-18 Overall)
LONGWOOD ENDS SAVANNAH STATE FIVE GAME WINNING STREAK (Feb. 12): Jovinni Shuler had 26 points and 10 rebounds but it would not be enough as Savannah State dropped a 75-56 game to Longwood in Tiger Arena.
Stephen Wilson came off the bench to score 10 points for SSU.
The Tigers scored the first six points of the contest and led 11-4 with 14:54 remaining.
Longwood rallied to tie the game at 11 but SSU answered as Shuler made back to back 3-pointers as well as two free throws to put Savannah State ahead 19-11 with 8:20 remaining.
The Lancers tied the game at 19 and then added six unanswered points for a 14-0 run to go ahead 25-19 with 3:50 on the clock.
SSU got within 25-22 but Longwood closed the half by scoring the final six points and took a 31-22 lead into intermission.
Martiz Washington's 3-pointer to start the second period to increase Longwood's lead to 12 points.
A 3-pointer by Shuler cut SSU's deficit to nine but a 15-7 run by Longwood gave the visitors a 49-32 lead with 13:12 left.
Longwood led by 19 with just over eight minutes remaining and Savannah State could get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
The Lancers (9-19) out-rebounded SSU 43 to 36 and out-shot the Tigers 46.7 percent to 35.2 percent.
Aaron Mitchell led four Longwood players with 24 points and eight points.
TIGERS DOMINATE MORRIS, 102-47 (Feb. 10): Jovonni Shuler had a game-high 27 points and seven assists as Savannah State improved to 7-17 with a 102-47 victory over Morris in Tiger Arena, before a crowd of 1,211.
The Tigers won their 5th straight game, the first time a SSU team has won five consecutive games in a single season since 1995-96 under Jimmy Westley.
SSU shot 63.2 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle 46 to 22.
Savannah State jumped out to a 32-10 lead and were never threatened.
Morris pulled within 34-16 with 5:38 on the clock but SSU finished the period with a 18-6 spurt and took a 52-22 lead into the half.
A free throw by Shuler gave SSU a 40-point lead with 12:23 left and a layup by Angelo Davis put the Tigers up by 51 with 5:56 on the clock.
Leading 98-47 with 1:31 remaining, Stephen Wilson hit two free throws to give Savannah State 100 points and a dunk by Chris Spears with 33 seconds left put the Tigers over the century mark.
Joshua Montgomery added 16 points and 8 rebounds for SSU. Wilson came off the bench to score 13 points and get 4 steals while Cedris Smith had 10 points and Jyles Smith had 12 rebounds, 9 points and 6 blocks.
Every Tiger player who dressed out scored at least two points and at least one rebound.
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