Bulldogs, Mountaineers Ready for Wednesday Battle at McAlister Field House
Appalachian State-Citadel Game Notes
Charleston, S.C. – Following a two point victory over Chattanooga last weekend, The Citadel returns to action on Wednesday evening when it hosts Appalachian State at McAlister Field House at 7:05 p.m.
The Bulldogs (5-22, 2-14 SoCon) are seeking their 24th victory in the all-time series between the two schools, which dates back to the 1968-69 season. Appalachian State (12-15, 7-9 SoCon) enters the game having won three of their last four games, including a 76-64 Brackbuster victory over Winthrop on Saturday.
THE ROBERTSON IMPACT: In the five games since Jordan Robertson joined The Citadel's starting lineup, the freshman ranks in the top five in eight statistical team categories. Among those include second place showings in offensive rebounds (10), defensive rebounds (15) and total rebounds (25) as well as steals (6) and blocks (4).
This stretch of starts has garnered Robertson 21 minutes of action per game, allowing him to establish a career-high four offensive rebounds in games against Davidson and Georgia Southern. He went on to finish with career bests in defensive boards (6) and total rebounds (10) in the battle with South Division foe Georgia Southern.
With 29 points (5.8 ppg) to his credit, due in large part to hitting the fourth-most field goals on the team (12), Robertson set a high mark of nine in the tough one-point loss to Georgia Southern.
REMINDER: This marks the final week of the regular season, with games against Appalachian State and College of Charleston. The game with the cross town rival Cougars is set for 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25th.
LETHAL COMBOS: The tandem of Lawrence Miller and Ashton Moore, who have hit 44 and 31 3-pointers over the course of the season, respectively, are the sixth set of Citadel teammates to hit 30 or more 3-pointers in their freshmen year since the full-time institution of the 3-point line in the 1986-87 season. Miller , who hit 9-of-19 (47.4%) in a pair of weekend contests at Western Carolina and Chattanooga, has hit five 3-pointers on two separate occasions in February, becoming the first freshman since Austin Dahn and Zach Urbanus to finish with five treys in a single game.
Miller has climbed to sixth place on the all-time freshman 3-point list with 44 in his career, sitting just one shy of Michael Joseph (1999-00). Meanwhile, Moore is locked in a four-way tie for 13th among freshmen shooters.
Miller and Moore are the first teammates since Austin Dahn (79), Zach Urbanus (73) and Tyrell McDowell (38), who accomplished the feat during the 2007-08 season, to knock down at least 30 treys in their rookie season.
BULLDOGS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: The Citadel ranked among the top 200 of six national statistical categories released by the NCAA on Monday. The Bulldogs, who rank 62nd nationally for the fewest personal fouls per contest (16.7), have committed a total of 450 fouls on the season. They have been whistled for less than 15 fouls in a game in 13 different games, eight of which came against Southern Conference opponents.
Junior center Mike Groselle is also making a statement among the nation's individual leaders, ranking in the top 100 of four categories. Among those include a 13th place showing in field goal percentage (58.8) and 15th in double-doubles (13).
|Citadel NCAA Rank||Category||Statistic||National Leader|
|62||Personal Fouls Per Game||16.7||Missouri (13.7)|
|106||Assists Per Game||13.7||Iona (19.4)|
|165||Field Goal Percentage||43.6||Creighton (51.1)|
|185||3-Point FG Percentage||33.7||N. Colorado (45.4)|
|190||Assist-Turnover Ratio||0.93||Syracuse (1.56)|
|196||3-Point FG Defense||34.8||Wisconsin (26.4)|
|Citadel NCAA Rank||Category||Individual||Statistic||National Leader|
|13||Field Goal Percentage||Mike Groselle||58.8||Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri (72.6)|
|15||Double-Doubles||Mike Groselle||13||O.D. Anosike, Siena (20)|
|30||Rebounds Per Game||Mike Groselle||9.6||O.D. Anosike, Siena (12.7)|
|88||Points Per Game||Mike Groselle||16.6||Reggie Hamilton, Oakland (25.1)|
TRENDS IN THE CITADEL-APPALACHIAN STATE RIVALRY
Each of the last four games in the series have been decided by 10 points or more, with the teams splitting those contests.
|All-Time Series Record:||Appalachian State leads the series 51-23|
|Last 10 Games:||Appalachian State 6-4 (dating back to Dec. 4, 2006)|
|Longest Citadel Win Streak:||3 games (2x; Feb. 5, 2009-Jan. 6, 2010--most recent)|
|Longest Appalachian State Win Streak:||17 games (Feb. 29, 1996-Feb. 9, 2008)|
|First Game:||Dec. 14, 1968 (The Citadel won, 80-78)|
|Most Recent Game:||Feb. 26, 2011 (Appalachian State, 70-59)|
|Total Citadel Points:||4,989|
|Citadel PPG Average:||67.4|
|Total Appalachian State Points:||5,397|
|Appalachian State PPG Average:||72.9|
|Average Margin of Victory:||5.5 ppg -- Appalachian State|
GROSELLE CREEPS CLOSER TO TRUESDALE'S ALL-TIME DOUBLE-DOUBLE MARK: Following a 17-point, 10-rebound outing against Western Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 16, junior Mike Groselle not only set the single-season record for most double-doubles, recording his 13th, but he also moved within one double-double of Regan Truesdale's school record of 22.
Groselle passed Patrick Elmore's single-season record of 13 by recording at least two double-doubles in every month of the 2011-12 season.
Groselle's most recent double-doubles came against South Division rival Davidson, when he totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds. This moved Groselle into elite company as only the second player in program history with 20 or more career double-doubles. His counterpart, Truesdale, capped off his four-year career (1981-85) with 22 double-doubles, while Groselle has 20 to his credit in three seasons.
Groselle rolled off six straight double-doubles to open the season and in the process established a school record for most consecutive, seven, after carrying over a double-double from the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament.
He returned to form in mid-December, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds at James Madison.
Groselle opened the month of January with a 19-point, 13-rebound showing against UVA-Wise, before posting double-doubles against SoCon foes Elon (17 pts., 11 rebs.), Georgia Southern (20 pts., 14 rebs.) and Furman (24 pts., 11 rebs.).
PREVIEWING THE COMPETITION: Appalachian State (12-15 Overall/7-9 SoCon)
SENIORS BUTTS AND CARTER LEAD MOUNTAINEERS PAST WINTHROP: Led by 15 points each from seniors Isaac Butts and Omar Carter, five players scored in double figures to lead Appalachian State University men's basketball to a 76-64 win over Winthrop on Saturday at the Holmes Center. In the final home game for four ASU upperclassmen, the Mountaineers won a third-straight BracketBuster contest with a balanced effort.
In his home finale, Butts set the tone early on with 11 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists before the intermission. The fifth-year senior center finished with 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and gave the crowd a treat early in the contest by making what was nearly a three-pointer. Carter hauled in six rebounds with an assist and a steal to accompany his game-high four three-pointers.
Thanks in part to the big man's solid shooting, ASU jumped out to a 26-10 lead before the Eagles rallied back to within two points late in the half. ASU finished strong before the intermission to take a 41-35 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles were not discouraged by the early deficit and clawed back to take a 58-57 lead with 7:47 remaining in regulation. From there, Mike Neal sparked a 13-4 Mountaineer run with six of his 10 points coming over the stretch. In addition to helping ASU regain an eight-point cushion late in the contest, the freshman dished out a team-high four assists and hauled in five rebounds.
After WU responded to cut ASU's lead back down to six points, the Mountaineers closed out the win with the game's last six points, including a Butts layup and Neal jumper.
Appalachian shot 47.3 percent in the game after a 13-of-26 outing in the second half. The Apps drained 7-of-17 shots from downtown compared to 4-of-16 from the visitors. Winthrop made 45.2 percent of its shots from the floor, but just 4-of-10 free throws on the afternoon.
The Apps were dominant on the glass early on and took a 37-33 advantage for the contest. ASU converted 14 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.
Nathan Healy recorded double-figure points with 13 on 4-of-4 shooting and 5-of-5 free throws. He was matched by Tab Hamilton's 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 5-of-6 mark at the charity strips. The pair of regular starters combined for five rebounds and three assists off the bench.
In limited action, Andre Williamson scored two points with a pair of assists and a rebound. The senior forward missed Wednesday's game due to a back injury. Classmate Petey Hausley made his second-straight start and scored one point with a rebound in 10 minutes on the floor.
Matt Morgan led the Eagles (11-18) with 2 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Reggie Middleton added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.
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