Bulldogs Host Paladins on Thursday in Home Finale
Charleston, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team completes the home portion of the 2012-13 schedule on Thursday evening when the Bulldogs host Furman at 7:05. Fans are encouraged to come out early to the game to recognize the careers of Mike Groselle and Stephen Elmore as part of Senior Night festivities.
The Citadel (7-20, 4-12 SoCon) is seeking its first season sweep of Furman since the 2008-09 campaign. The Bulldogs enter the final week of the regular season with the chance to clinch third place in the South Division as they trail Georgia Southern and Wofford by only two games in the loss column. An 80-77 overtime victory at Appalachian State last Wednesday has put the Cadets in prime position to end the season with three straight SoCon victories.
Meanwhile, Furman (6-21, 3-13 SoCon) is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak that began with a five-point loss to The Citadel on Feb. 2. During that stretch, opponents have completed victories over the Paladins by an average of 17.6 ppg.
The Citadel opened the month of February with an 84-79 come from behind victory at Furman led by P.J Horgan who scored a career-high 23 points, netting 17 in the second half. It completed the second biggest second half comeback in school history as the Cadets mounted the rally behind 60 points in the second half, the third most against a Southern Conference opponent in history.
Horgan, who finished 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line, energized a Citadel lineup that had five players reach double figures including Mike Groselle (19), Ashton Moore (14), Matt Van Scyoc (13) and Marshall Harris III (11). It marks the first time that The Citadel has had five players post double digits since Charleston Southern on Dec. 4, 2012.
Harris dished out a team-high seven assists, and the Bulldogs finished with 21 team assists, third most this season behind 31 against Union and 23 against Appalachian State.
The Citadel shot 30-of-53 (56.6%) from the field in the game and hit an incendiary 74.1 percent (20-27) in the second half. Horgan converted 6-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the second frame. Groselle also completed a dominating second half performance by hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and dishing out four assists.
Furman was led by offensively by the trio of Charlie Reddick (26 points), Colin Reddick (21) and Stephen Croone (12). Charlie Reddick led all scorers after hitting 10-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Brother Colin Reddick was highly efficient in the post, converting 9-of-13 in the paint. The Reddicks mirrored each other in rebounds, grabbing eight total boards and three on the offensive glass, as Furman finished with a 39-22 edge in total rebounds.
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