Groselle Posts Seventh Double-Double in loss to James Madison, 67-49
Harrisonburg, Va.—Citadel junior Mike Groselle posted his seventh double-double of the season, 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it was James Madison that emerged with the decisive 67-49 victory on Monday evening at the JMU Convocation Center. Groselle was joined in scoring by teammates Lawrence Miller (eight points) and Bo Holston (seven points).
The Citadel (2-8) was unable to find consistency in their shooting, hitting 19-of-53 (35.8%) from the floor and 6-of-21 from 3-point range. The one bright spot came in the form of rebounding, as the Bulldogs tallied 30 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive glass. Groselle was one of five Cadets to post an offensive rebound, finishing with six. Meanwhile, the tandem of Holston and Miller gave the Dogs a 23-18 edge in bench scoring.
James Madison (5-3) took advantage of 27-for-52 (51.9%) shooting, which included eight 3-pointers, to win their fourth game in their last five contests. Humpty Hitchens and Julius Wells scored 12 points apiece for game-high honors, while Andrey Semenov poured in 11 points. The trio was responsible for all eight Duke 3-pointers, as Wells and Semenov hit three each. Wells posted seven rebounds, while Semenov added six to give JMU a 33-30 edge on the glass. Hutchens and teammate Devon Moore were the catalysts to the offense with four assists each.
The Dukes scored the first five points, on conversions by Semenov and Alioune Diouf, within 1:07 of the second half to mount a 39-21 lead. Barry Smith answered with a Citadel free throw before teammate Ashton Moore drained a 3-pointer to pull the Dogs within 39-25 at the 17:09 mark.
JMU's offense answered with a brief 11-4 run that spanned the next 3:46 of the contest, which included 3-pointers by Wells, Hitchens and Semenov to make for the 50-29 lead.
Four points apiece from Groselle and Cosmo Morabbi were not enough to keep James Madison from maintaining its double-digit lead, 62-43, as Diouf and Davis combined for 10 points for the Dukes.
The Dukes allowed just six Citadel points over the final 3:26 of the contest, which were split evenly between Groselle and Holston, as they completed the 67-49 victory.
The Bulldogs managed just 8-of-28 (28.6%) shooting in the opening half, knocking down 4-of-10 (40%) from beyond the arc. The backcourt combination of Miller and Wright, who closed with eight and six points respectively, were the offensive leaders for The Citadel. Groselle manned the boards with five rebounds, including two offensive, as the Dogs scored three second chance points.
Meanwhile, James Madison closed the frame by hitting 14-of-28 (50%) from the floor, also 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Hitchens led all scorers with nine points at the intermission, followed by Moore (8 points) and Wells (6 points). The Dukes finished with an 18-14 edge on the glass behind five rebounds from Wells.
James Madison established an early 9-0 lead behind five points by Hitchens, holding the Cadets scoreless until the 14:10 mark when Groselle dunked a Smith pass.
Just under two minutes later Harris III floated a jump shot from just outside the lane to make for the 13-4 JMU advantage.
At the 10:46 mark of the first half, Miller scored the first of two 3-pointers as he singlehandedly drew The Citadel within 19-12 of the lead with eight consecutive points.
James Madison responded with a jumper by Hitchens and a 3-pointer off the hand of Semenov to stretch the lead to 24-12 with 7:15 remaining.
Wright regained his shooting touch for The Citadel, knocking down a series of 3-pointers over a 1:08 span to trim the Dukes advantage to 26-18.
James Madison closed out the half on an 8-3 run, including four points by Moore, to take a 34-21 into the locker room. The Citadel countered with two points from Holston and a free throw by Jordan Robertson in that stretch.
The Citadel continues its road trip on Thursday, Dec. 22 when the Dogs head to Denver University to face the Pioneers at 9 p.m. EST. For more information on Bulldog Basketball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.