December 3, 2012

Bulldogs Head to Charleston Southern for Clash with Buccaneers

Game Notes

CHARLESTON, S.C. —
The Citadel basketball team, playing in its second game in three days, heads to intracity rival Charleston Southern on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Buc Dome.

The Citadel (3-3, 0-1 SoCon) is seeking its 20th victory in the all-time series against Charleston Southern after dropping three straight dating back to the 2009-10 season. Among those setbacks include an 88-69 defeat at McAlister Field House last season.

AGAINST THE CURRENT BIG SOUTH: When The Citadel heads to Charleston Southern it will mark the second of three contests for the Bulldogs against Big South Conference competition. The Dogs hold a 134-102 (.568 winning percentage) all-time record against the current 12 teams that make up the conference.

The Bulldogs have gone head-to-head with nine of those teams, the exceptions being Gardner-Webb and Longwood, over the course of the 101-year history of the program.

Opponent All-Time Series Most Recent Score
Campbell 1-3 Jan. 8, 1983 (W, 68-50)
Charleston Southern 19-16 Dec. 14, 2011 (L, 88-69)
Coastal Carolina 4-6 Dec. 6, 2011 (L, 80-58)
Gardner-Webb No Previous   
High Point 2-3 Nov. 26, 2011 (L, 80-72 OT)
Liberty 2-1 Jan. 21, 1991 (L, 57-55)
Longwood No Previous   
Presbyterian 46-22 Dec. 8, 1982 (W, 80-74)
Radford 0-1 Nov. 24, 2012 (L, 74-61)
UNC Asheville 2-1 Dec. 1, 1988 (W, 93-77)
VMI 54-45 Nov. 10, 2012 (W, 84-76)
Winthrop 4-4 Nov. 27, 1999 (L, 71-51)
All-Time vs. Big South 134-102  

GROSELLE ON THE VERGE OF 1,000 POINTS: Citadel center Mike Groselle enters the meeting with Charleston Southern just 12 points shy of becoming the 30th player in Bulldog history to amass 1,000 points in his career.

Groselle, with 988 points to his credit, is currently 32nd on The Citadel's all-time scoring list as he looks to surpass Virgil Stevens (994) and Jamie Jenkins (999).

By reaching the milestone, Groselle will join former teammates Cameron Wells, Zach Urbanus and Austin Dahn on the prestigious list. That would make for the fourth set of at least four teammates to score 1,000 points in program history. The others include Gary Daniels-Art Musselman-Dick Wherry-Dick Jones (1960); Travis Cantrell-Michael Joseph-Alan Puckett-Cliff Washburn (2000-02); Austin Dahn-Zach Urbanus-Cameron Wells-Demetrius Nelson (2007-09). Note that the years in parentheses indicate the season(s) that they were teammates.

A highly proficient shooter over the course of his Bulldog career, Groselle is 395-for-660 (.598) and currently holds the school record for career field goal percentage.

The Plano, Texas, native is also 10 rebounds away from tying Craig Burgess (563) on the all-time rebounding list which would move him into 10th place in program history.

SCORING IN THE POST: Since Mike Groselle's arrival to The Citadel in 2009-10 the team has scored 1,825 points in the paint in the 81 games that he has appeared in the lineup.

Furthermore, the Dogs have a combined 5,196 points in those contests with 35.1% of the points coming in the paint.

Groselle, with 988 points to his credit, has accounted for 54.1% of The Citadel's points in the paint and 19.1% of the team's total scoring in that span.

Season Games Points in the Paint Total Points Mike Groselle Points
2009-10 14 270 866 32
2010-11 31 784 1982 358
2011-12 30 602 1925 501
2012-13 6 169 423 97
Totals 81 1825 5196 988

BREAKING DOWN CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (2-5 Overall/0-0 Big South)

BUCS CRUISE PAST BARBER-SCOTIA, 101-69: Charleston Southern's Arlon Harper scored 23 points and CSU built a double-digit lead in the opening minutes en route to rolling through Barber-Scotia College, 101-69, on Saturday night in Buccaneer Fieldhouse.

Harper made 8-of-12 shots from the field and his first three attempts from behind the arc to lead all scorers. He had 17 points in the first half and helped the Bucs build a 19-5 lead in the opening eight minutes, after which they were never really threatened.

CSU did just about anything they wanted offensively against the Sabers. The Bucs were 27-of-39 from two-point range and took 35 free throws, but continued to struggle to find a hot streak from deep. The Bucs made just 7-of-19 three-point attempts.

Barber Scotia got a big boost from its bench. The Sabers had 49 bench points in the game and had three double-figure scorers in its non-starters.

CSU had five players reach double figures. Point guard Saah Nimley added 16 to go with Harper's 23, while Joe Williams notched an early career high with 15, Paul Gombwer added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Cedrick Bowen added 10. The Bucs dominated the front of the rim with a number of dunks and layups.

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