Bulldogs Head to Chattanooga for Thursday Tilt with Mocs
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team is seeking its third straight victory on Thursday evening when the Bulldogs head to McKenzie Arena for a 7 p.m. meeting with Chattanooga.
The Citadel (6-15, 3-8 SoCon) is riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Wofford 69-63 at McAlister Field House last Thursday before rallying for an 84-79 victory at Furman two days later. The Bulldogs last won consecutive road games during the 2010-11 season with triumphs over Samford (61-50, Jan. 17) and Davidson (85-75, Jan. 26).
While the Bulldogs have enjoyed success since their last meeting with the Mocs on Jan. 10, Chattanooga has fallen on tough times by losing five of its last six. The Mocs (8-14, 3-6) have lost four straight dating back to a 90-81 loss at Western Carolina on Jan. 19.
Fans can expect a close game between the two squads as the average margin of victory in the last five meetings is 3.6 points per game. Only one game, a 68-60 Bulldog win at McAlister Field House on Feb. 6, 2010, has been decided by more than five points.
When the two teams last met at McAlister Field House on Jan. 10, Chattanooga's combo of Z. Mason and Dontay Hampton combined for 15 of the team's final 17 points as the Mocs earned a hard fought 70-65 victory over The Citadel.
Mason energized the Chattanooga lineup with nine of his team-high 15 points down the stretch, connecting on a long-range 3-pointer and following with a jumper in the paint to give Chattanooga a 64-62 lead that it would not relinquish. Hampton was instrumental with a pair of 3-pointers for the Mocs, who also took advantage of six free throws in the final 23 seconds of the contest.
The Citadel lineup was anchored by the freshman play of Matt Van Scyoc (20 points) and Raemond Robinson (15). Joining along in double-digit scoring were Mike Groselle (13) and Stephen Elmore (11) as the Bulldogs hit 23-of-53 (43.4%) from the field and 8-22 (36.4%) from beyond the arc.
Fans can follow all The Citadel action with play-by-play announcer Danny Reed on Fox Sports Radio 1450.