Dogs Head to James Madison for First of Three Straight Road Games
The Citadel-James Madison Game Notes
Charleston, S.C.— The Citadel Basketball team makes their first trek outside the state of South Carolina, since Nov. 26, when they play at James Madison on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs begin a three-game in 10-day road trip against the Dukes, and in the process look to snap a five-game losing skid.
THE CITADEL-JMU RIVALRY: The Citadel and James Madison have met on only three other occasions, dating back to the 1977-78 season, with the Dukes holding a slight 2-1 edge in the all-time series.
The average margin of victory is a slim three points, after a pair of one-point decisions that took place on Feb. 13, 1978 (JMU, 71-70) and Feb. 20 (The Citadel, 89-88). The most recent meeting between the two schools, that went the way of the Dukes, was decided by a final score of 74-67 at McAlister Field House on Nov. 20, 2010.
FAMILIAR TERRITORY FOR COACH DRIESELL: Citadel Head Coach Chuck Driesell spent nine seasons as associate head coach at James Madison under his father, Charles 'Lefty' Driesell, where he helped guide the Dukes to unprecedented success. From 1989-94, JMU either won or tied for five consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championships (the only team in the country to do so at the time). The Dukes captured the 1994 CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where James Madison lost to eventual national finalist Florida, 64-62. JMU compiled a 159-111 record (85-45 CAA) and made four postseason appearances in nine seasons under Driesell.
DRIESELL ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH TENURE AT JAMES MADISON
• Won or tied for five regular season Colonial Athletic Association titles (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994)
• Led the Dukes to one CAA Tournament title (1994)
• Returned the Dukes to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years.
• Led James Madison to four NIT appearances.
• In the five years prior, the Dukes averaged 12 wins per season.
|1989-90||JMU||20-11||11-3||1st||CAA Regular Season Champions/NIT First Round|
|1990-91||JMU||19-10||12-2||1st||CAA Regular Season Champions/NIT First Round|
|1991-92||JMU||21-11||12-2||t-1st||CAA Regular Season Champions/NIT First Round|
|1992-93||JMU||21-9||11-3||t-1st||CAA Regular Season Champions/NIT First Round|
|1993-94||JMU||20-10||10-4||t-1st||CAA Regular Season & Tournament Champions/NCAA First Round|
GET YOUR MAP OUT: The Citadel's trip to play Denver University, their third visit to the state of Colorado in the last 370 days, ties last season's trip to the University of New Mexico for the eighth-longest game ever played away from McAlister Field House. The Bulldogs will travel a total of 3,812 miles (Harrisonburg, Va. to Denver, Colo.) before returning to Charleston. (mileage according to Mapquest.com)
|Opponent (Year)||City||Miles from Charleston|
|1.||BYU-Hawai'i (1999)||Laie, Hawai'i||5,713 miles|
|2.||San Francisco (1988)||San Francisco, Calif.||2,796 miles|
|3.||Southern Cal (1984, 2006)||Los Angeles, Calif.||2,496 miles|
|4.||UCLA (1971)||Los Angeles, Calif.||2,496 miles|
|5.||Las Vegas Tournament (2010)||Las Vegas, Nevada||2,282 miles|
|S.C. State, SIU-Edwardsville|
|6.||Weber State (1991)||Ogden, Utah||2,173 miles|
|7.||New Mexico State (1967)||Las Cruces, N.M.||1,784 miles|
|t8.||New Mexico (2010)||Albuquerque, N.M.||1,711 miles|
|t8.||Denver (2011)||Denver, Colo.||1,711 miles|
|10.||Colorado (2010)||Boulder, Colo.||1,727 miles|
|11.||All-Military Classic (2011)||Colorado Springs, Colo.||1,694 miles|
|VMI/Army (Air Force Academy)|
MOORE SCORES 18 POINTS IN TOUGH LOSS TO CROSS-TOWN RIVAL BUCS, 88-69: Freshman guard Ashton Moore scored 18 points and was joined in double figures by Mike Groselle (15 points) and DeVontae Wright (11 points), as rival Charleston Southern emerged with the 88-69 victory at McAlister Field House on Wednesday evening. The Bulldogs closed out the contest by hitting 30-of-68 (44.1%) from the field, including 6-of-14 (42.9%) from 3-point range, but it was Charleston Southern's 19-of-31 (61.3%) shooting in the second half that made for the difference.
The trio of Moore, Groselle and Wright marked the sixth time this season that at least three Citadel players reached double figures in scoring. Moore led all Bulldog scorers with eight field goals, including a pair from beyond the arc, while Groselle tallied seven and Wright closed with five. The Cadets rebounded from a tough opening half, which they hit only 14-of-37 (37.8%) to knock down 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the floor in the second half. Groselle's seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, anchored the middle for The Citadel. The loss drops the Dogs to 2-7 overall.
Despite Arlon Harper scoring a game-high 19 points, it was Kelvin Martin, who finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds that highlighted the Charleston Southern offensive attack. The Bucs (6-3) became the first team since VMI, on Nov. 11 in the All-Military Classic, to finish with six players in double figures against The Citadel, as Cedrick Bowen (16 pts.), Mathian Muo (15 pts.), Paul Gombwer (12 pts.) and Sheldon Strickland (11 pts.) reached the milestone. CSU was successful on 37-of-68 (54.4%) field goal attempts, including 9-of-21 (42.9%) from 3-point range. They also held a 42-34 edge in rebounds, highlighted by 13 offensive rebounds.
NEWEST MEMBER OF THE 500-300 CLUB: Junior center Mike Groselle recently became the 45th member of The Citadel's 500-point, 300-rebound club. Groselle has scored 56 points and pulled down 34 rebounds (20 offensive) during the month of December.
Among those players in this exclusive group, 18 amassed more than 1,000 points in their careers.
|DALLEY, Robert||1987-90, 91-92||775||494|
|ELMORE, Patrick||1983-84, 88-90||1321||522|
|STREETER, Bryan||2006-07, 08-11||585||492|
|VAN SCHAARDENBURG, Scott||1989-93||557||356|
PREVIEWING JAMES MADISON (4-3)
KENT STATE DOWNS JMU, 71-51: Trailing by seven early in the second half, Kent State turned the tide to outscore James Madison 39-12 over the final 16 minutes en route to a 71-51 men's basketball victory on Dec. 6 at the Convocation Center.
Playing on the road for the first time since its season-opener, Kent State won its fourth in a row to improve to 6-1. JMU had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-3.
JMU used a modest 8-3 run to end the first half with a 29-26 lead, its first halftime lead of the season. A jumper by junior guard A.J. Davis along with threes by senior guard Humpty Hitchens extended the lead nine at 37-28, making it an overall 16-5 run.
The Dukes still led by seven at 39-32 with 16:39 to go when the Golden Flashes dramatically switched the momentum. KSU reeled off seven straight points to tie the score. Then with the game still tied at 42-42, the visitors added a 10-0 burst in less than two minutes to grab control.
JMU could get no closer than eight points on the ensuing basket by freshman forward Enoch Hood as Kent State continued to control the game flow. It was still a 10-point margin at 59-49 with less than four minutes remaining when the Flashes used an 8-0 run to seal the victory.
Altogether, Kent State outscored JMU 39-12 after the Dukes the 39-32 lead at the 16:39 mark of the second half. It was a 29-9 margin from the time the teams were tied at 42-42.
Chris Evans led five KSU players in double figures with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the winning effort. Michael Porrini posted a balance stat line with 10 points, seven boards, five assists and three steals. Randal Holt added 10 points, six boards and four assists. Forward Justin Greene posted 10 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Eric Gaines also had 10 points.
Hitchens led JMU with 11 points, three assists and four steals. Freshman guard Arman Marks had the first double-figure game of his career with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Junior forward Andrey Semenov also had 10 points to go with four assists.
JMU's 51 points, 33 percent shooting from the field and 26 percent from the arc (6-for-23) were all season lows while 15 steals were a season high. Both teams suffered from turnovers with Kent State committing 23 compared to 19 for Madison.
KSU shot 52 percent for the game, fueled by 63 percent (17-for-27) in the second half. The Flashes shot 41 percent from the arc and held a 39-29 advantage in rebounds with six players grabbing at least five missed shots.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half with JMU shooting 34 percent from the field and hitting just three of its 12 three-point attempts. Kent State hit 40 percent overall but fared better at the arc, hitting 4-of-7.
The Dukes held the largest lead of the opening half, jumping out to a 16-10 advantage. It was a tight back-and-forth affair from that point. KSU held a 23-21 lead before JMU ended the period on an 8-3 run. Madison was up 27-26 before calling timeout with 2.9 seconds remaining. Out of the inbounds play, Hitchens found Marks for an open jumper from the left side, and he banked it in for a 29-26 score at the half.
Semenov led all players with nine points in the first half. Porrini and Evans each had five for Kent State.
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