Groselle Joins Bulldog 1,000-point List in Tough 101-73 Loss to Charleston Southern
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel's Mike Groselle scored a team-high 18 points and became the 30th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark, but it was Charleston Southern's 61.7 percent shooting that stole the show in a 101-73 victory at CSU Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.
Groselle was one of five Bulldogs to reach double figures, joined by Lawrence Miller (14), Ashton Moore (12), Matt Van Scyoc (11) and Marshall Harris III (10). They became the first quintet of Citadel teammates to reach double figures since a meeting with VMI on Nov. 11, 2011. Groselle capped off the evening by hitting 8-of-12 in the contest and combined with Ashton Moore (5-11) and Lawrence Miller (5-7) to highlight a Citadel unit that was 28-of-54 (51.9%) from the field.
The Bulldogs (3-4) managed 8-of-18 (44.4%) shooting from beyond the arc, led by the duo of Miller (4-6) and Moore (3-4). Meanwhile, teammate Stephen Elmore grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, pulling down 10 on the defensive glass, while four others finished with two boards apiece.
Charleston Southern (3-5) was led in scoring by the trio of Arlon Harper (30 points), Saah Nimley (20 points) and Jeremy Sexton (20 points). The Buccaneers capped off the game by hitting 37-of-60 (61.7%) as a team, including a 14-of-26 (53.8%) performance from beyond the arc. Harper knocked down 11-of-14 field goal attempts, including all five 3-pointers, while Nimley and Sexton finished with seven field goals apiece.
Facing a 14-point deficit at the half, following a Harris 3-pointer at the buzzer, The Citadel allowed eight of the first 10 points and quickly fell into a 55-35 hole. The Bulldogs responded with free throws from Harris and buckets by Moore and Groselle to pull within 63-43 at the 15:54 mark.
Charleston Southern ran off the next 11 consecutive points, including six from Cedric Bowen, stretching the lead to 74-43.
The Citadel responded with a 10-4 run of its own, taking advantage of five points by Lawrence Miller and three from Groselle, to make for a 78-53 contest at the 9:08 mark.
The two teams traded blows over the next three minutes, making for an 88-64 margin, as Moore led The Citadel charge with four points.
The margin would get no closer as Harper scored six of the final 13 CSU points to complete the 101-73 win. The Bucs have now won the last four straight in the series dating back to the 2009-10 season.
The Citadel closed the opening frame by hitting 13-of-25 (52%) from the field, led by Van Scyoc who finished with a team-high nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, all from long distance. Groselle added eight points, hitting 4-of-5 from the field, to go along with a pair of rebounds.
The Bulldogs also got a lift on the boards from Elmore, who in his first career start grabbed eight rebounds, including two on the offensive glass.
Meanwhile, Charleston Southern was led by the tandem of Harper and Sexton who combined for 25 points and six 3-pointers in the first half. The Bucs converted 18-of-32 (56.3%) from the field as the offense was sparked by a 9-of-16 (56.3%) outing from 3-point range.
The two teams went back-and-forth over the opening 3:55 of the contest with CSU holding a slim 8-7 edge after a jumper by Elmore.
A series of 3-pointers by Harper and Kennedy in a span of 1:12 pushed the lead to 14-8. Groselle answered for the Bulldogs with a layup on a pass from Harris, putting the Dogs into double figures. Van Scyoc added to the Dogs offensive production by connecting on his second trey, drawing the margin to 16-13.
Charleston Southern countered with a 13-0 run over the next 4:37 of the contest, collecting 3-pointers by Harper and Nimley along the way, to establish a 29-13 advantage.
Groselle halted the scoring drought with a bucket in the lane, quickly followed by a Lawrence Miller 3-pointer, as The Citadel narrowed the margin to 29-18 with 7:16 remaining.
Just over a minute later Miller drained his second 3-pointer, trimming the lead to 10, as he caught a pass from Harris on the left wing.
Points in the paint by Groselle and Elmore provided the next four Citadel points, but it was seven points by the Buccaneers that upped the margin to 38-25 with three minutes on the clock.
Van Scyoc and Harris each added a 3-pointer down the stretch for the Bulldogs, but it was nine points off the hand of Sexton that made for the 47-33 Buccaneer lead at the intermission.
The Citadel will enjoy an 11-day break for exams, returning to the court on Dec. 15 when they head to Gardner-Webb for a first time meeting with the Runnin' Bulldogs. For more information on Citadel basketball check out www.citadelsports.com.