Groselle Ties Truesdale’s Double-Double Mark in 55-47 Downing to CofC
Charleston, S.C. – Mike Groselle recorded the 14th double-double of the season and 22nd of his career, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it was rival College of Charleston that emerged with a 55-47 victory at McAlister Field House on Saturday afternoon.
Groselle scored a game-high 14 points by hitting 7-of-12 from the floor, while teammate DeVontae Wright converted 10-of-12 free throw attempts to close with 10 points and four assists. The Citadel (6-23, 3-15) also got solid offensive performances from the tandem of Bo Holston (eight points) and Lawrence Miller (seven points). Groselle completed the double-double by posting 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, to place himself alongside Regan Truesdale for the most in program history. Joining Groselle as a force in the paint was C.J. Bray, who hauled in seven boards, as the Bulldogs finished with a decisive 37-26 edge in rebounds.
The trio of Anthony Stitt (12 points), Antwaine Wiggins (12 points) and Andrew Lawrence (11 points) carried the load for the College of Charleston offensively. Both Stitt and Wiggins finished 4-of-7 from the floor and were held without a 3-pointer, while Lawrence capped off his double figure outing by knocking down 3-of-7 from the field and 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. The trio also managed four free throws apiece as the Cougars finished 16-of-27 (59.3%) from the line on the afternoon. Center Trent Wiedeman led CofC with seven rebounds, while Adjehi Baru and Wiggins hauled in five rebounds each. The College of Charleston moves to 19-11 overall and 10-8 in league play.
The Citadel scored first to break the 21-21 halftime score as Groselle caught a pass from Marshall Harris III to put the Dogs in front by two. College of Charleston quickly answered with a jumper from Baru, before Robertson forged the Dogs in front 25-23 with 16:39 on the clock.
Wiggins scored the next four straight points for CofC, including a dunk on a pass from Anthony Stitt, to move the Cougars in front 27-25 at the 14:49 mark.
Freshman Lawrence Miller stepped up for The Citadel, draining a 3-pointer for the slim one point lead, only to have College of Charleston score the next seven straight points and move in front 34-28 on a breakaway dunk by Wiedeman.
A free throw by Wright trimmed the CofC advantage to five before a four points by Stitt pushed the lead to 38-30 with 9:18 remaining in the half.
Buckets by Groselle and Miller brought the Cadets within five points of the Cougars, only to have a layup by Wiggins and free throws by Stitt make for the first double-digit lead of the game, 45-35.
The Citadel used its defensive prowess hold College of Charleston to just six points over the next 3:14 of the contest, maneuvering themselves within 51-47 of the lead on a pair of layups by Groselle and Holston.
However, CofC made three free throws down the stretch to complete the eight-point victory in front of 4,166 in attendance at McAlister Field House.
The two teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the opening half, as CofC manged to hit 7-of-22 (31.8%) from the field and The Citadel 5-of-18 (27.8%).
Wright and Lawrence led their respective units with seven points, as Wright converted 7-of-8 trips to the charity stripe. Groselle finished the opening frame with nine rebounds, including three on the offensive glass, as the Bulldogs held an 18-12 edge on the boards.
Behind six points from Groselle, The Citadel established an early 10-5 lead by the 14:09 mark of the contest.
CofC answered with an 11-0 run that took 9:41 off the clock that included four points each from Stitt and Lawrence to assume a 16-10 advantage.
Wright singlehandedly brought The Citadel back by drawing fouls on Baru, Wiggins and Wiedeman over the next 43 seconds of the contest. Hitting all six free throws in the process the game reached a 16-16 tie with 3:25 remaining in the half.
The Cougars regained the lead following a series of buckets by Nori Johnson and Baru, only to have Holston and Harris III make for the final four points of the half and a 21-21 halftime score.
The Citadel now heads to the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C. as the sixth seed from the South Division. The Bulldogs will face either Elon or Samford in the opening round that begins on Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. For more information on Bulldog basketball, find us on Facebook or visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.citadelsports.com.