February 21, 2013

Groselle Double-Double and Van Scyoc Season-High Lead Dogs to 80-77 Overtime Win over Mountaineers

BOONE, N.C. – Mike Groselle completed his 26th career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 points in the extra session, as The Citadel earned an 80-77 overtime victory in Southern Conference action on Wednesday evening. He was joined in double figures by freshman sharpshooter Matt Van Scyoc who added a season-high 24 points, due in large part to four 3-pointers, as The Citadel earn its third win at the Holmes Convocation Center since the 2008-09 campaign.

Van Scyoc capped off his fourth 20-point performance by hitting 8-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He also grabbed six rebounds including five on the defensive glass in a career-high 41 minutes. Groselle combined his 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and 8-of-9 outing from the free throw line to record the 19th 20-point game of his Bulldog career. The senior center hauled in five of his 14 rebounds on the offensive end as The Citadel edged Appalachian State in rebounds (37-36) and points in the paint (34-26).

The Bulldogs (7-19, 4-12 SoCon) offense was charged by a 29-of-60 (48.3%) performance from the field. Four Citadel players converted at least one trey as the Dogs finished 7-of-13 from beyond the arc. The backcourt tandem of Marshall Harris III and Raemond Robinson were the catalysts to the offensive with nine and five assists, respectively, as The Citadel dished out 23 assists as a unit. It marks the fourth time this season with 20 or more assists for the Cadets.

The trio of Tab Hamilton, Mike Neal and Tevin Baskin scored 13 points apiece to share team-high scoring honors for Appalachian State. Jamaal Trice rounded out double figure scorers for ASU with 11 points, finishing 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from long distance. Hamilton was the most effective player for the Mountaineers offense, knocking down 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Neal capped off his double-digit performance by hitting 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.

All eight players in the Appalachian State (12-15, 8-8) lineup finished with multiple field goals as the Mountaineers knocked down 29-of-61 (47.5%) from the field. ASU took advantage of its sharpshooters to hit 12-of-27 (44.4%) from beyond the arc.

Trailing by four points in the final 42 seconds of regulation, The Citadel combined a solid defensive effort with layups by Van Scyoc and Groselle to send the game into overtime tied at 68-68.

The Bulldogs carried that momentum into the first 2:26 of the overtime session by outscoring Appalachian State 6-2 en route to a 74-70 lead.

Neal responded with four straight points for ASU as the game reached its ninth tie, 74-74, just under a minute later.

Groselle broke the tie with a pair of free throws, following a foul by Michael Obacha, to provide the Dogs with a slim 76-74 lead. That was followed by a Hamilton 3-pointer from the corner as the Mountaineers seemingly grabbed the momentum with a 77-76 advantage at the 1:09 mark.

Groselle slid past the Appalachian State defense and scored a layup to give The Citadel a lead it would not relinquish with 48 seconds remaining. A series of Bulldog defensive stops on the Mountaineers end forced ASU to foul Groselle with four seconds remaining. The senior calmly stepped up to the line to convert the final free throws for the 80-77 win.

Behind eight points from Van Scyoc and four off the hand of Robinson, The Citadel opened the second half with offensive determination as they outscored Appalachian State 12-3 in the first 2:48 of the frame.

That 46-37 lead by the Bulldogs was quickly trimmed to two following a 7-0 ASU run that included a 3-pointer from Healy and buckets by Obacha and Chris Burgess.

Clinging to a 48-47 lead at the 13:46 mark The Citadel turned to Ashton Moore, who converted a pass from Janeil Jenkins into a 3-pointer and a 51-47 advantage.

Continuing to apply pressure, Appalachian State regained the lead, 52-51, on a trey by Healy at the 11:30 mark.

As the two teams battled over the next six minutes of play neither was able to take larger than a three point lead. With a slim 60-59 lead, Groselle followed a 3-pointer by Van Scyoc with a pair of free throws and a layup to extend the Dogs' advantage to 64-59.

Consecutive treys by Nealy and Hamilton forged the Mountaineers back in front, 68-64, before four straight Citadel points inside the final minute sent the game into overtime.

Behind nine points from Van Scyoc and six points each from Harris and Horgan, The Citadel ended the first half deadlocked, 34-34, with Appalachian State. The Bulldogs took advantage of 12-for-25 (48%) shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 (57.1%) from beyond the arc, to mark the seventh straight half of better than 40 percent shooting under Chuck Driesell.

Van Scyoc knocked down 3-of-6 from the floor, two of which came from long distance, while converting 1-of-2 from the free throw line to lead all Citadel scorers. Horgan was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and Harris wrapped up the opening frame by sending home 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Groselle climbed the glass for seven rebounds, snagging three on the offensive end to give the Dogs an 18-11 advantage on the boards.

Appalachian State's offensive attack was highlighted by nine points from Baskin, whose 3-pointer to end the first half allowed him to finish 3-of-6 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Neal closely followed for the Mountaineers with eight points and Canty tacked on six.

ASU finished 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor in the first half, sending home 4-of-8 (50%) from the perimeter. The Mountaineers took advantage of their inside scoring to close with a 14-12 edge in points in the paint. They also capitalized on 11 Citadel turnovers to outscore the Dogs 10-2 in transition.

A Canty dunk in transition provided Appalachian State with a 10-5 advantage at the 16:30 mark and forced The Citadel to spend its first timeout. The Dogs regrouped and responded with a 7-0 run over the next 3:01 of the contest, keyed by six points in the paint from Horgan, Groselle and Stephen Elmore.

Appalachian State knotted the game at 12-12 after a pair of free throws by Baskin only to see the Bulldogs regain the advantage, 15-12, on a Dylen Setzekorn trey.

Five points by Baskin, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key, provided the Mountaineers with their first lead since the 15:50 mark.

The ASU lead reached six, 24-18, with just over seven minutes left in the half following Mike Neal's first 3-pointer of the contest. Just under a minute later Neal sent home his second trey, extending the Mountaineer lead to 27-20.

After Appalachian State pushed the lead to nine on an Obacha layup, The Citadel used five points from Van Scyoc and two each from Janeil Jenkins and Groselle to send the game to its fourth tie, 29-29.

The two teams split the final 10 points of the half with the Dogs using a trey by Harris and a layup from Horgan to send the two teams to the lockerroom deadlocked.

The Citadel returns to action on Saturday evening when they head to Presbyterian College for their first ever ESPN Bracketbusters contest. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m. at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.

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