Bulldogs Travel to Wofford for Saturday’s Regular Season Finale
Charleston, S.C. — Following Southern Conference victories over Appalachian State and Furman, The Citadel basketball team enters the weekend with an opportunity to duplicate a 52-year-old record with a victory over Wofford at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. A third straight win in conference action would place the 2012-13 squad alongside the 1960-61 team as the only in program history to win three straight league games heading into the SoCon Tournament.
The Citadel (8-20, 5-12 SoCon) closed out its home schedule with a 68-57 victory over Furman on Thursday evening, marking the first time that the Dogs has swept the Paladins in a single-season since 2008-09. Behind a 24-point, 10-rebound effort by Mike Groselle, the Bulldogs earned their fifth victory at McAlister Field House this season. It also allows the Cadets the opportunity to complete a season sweep of both Wofford and Furman in the same season for the first time since the 1956-57 campaign.
Wofford did not enjoy the same fortune as The Citadel on Thursday evening, falling 55-50 at the hands of College of Charleston in TD Arena. The Terriers (12-18, 6-11) have won two of their last three, including triumphs over Chattanooga (78-58) and Georgia Southern (53-47).
The Citadel closed January with a win over the Terriers when Mike Groselle netted a season-high 24 points and P.J. Horgan added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double. That victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Wofford with a 69-63 victory at McAlister Field House.
Groselle set his season-high in points after hitting 10-of-16 from the field. He also made his presence felt on the boards as he climbed the glass for seven rebounds (five offensive). Meanwhile, Horgan knocked down 6-of-9 from the floor, along with 4-of-6 from the charity stripe, en route to his third double-digit game of the season. Joining the tandem in double figures was Matt Van Scyoc, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor. He was also the only Citadel player with multiple 3-pointers (2-4).
Marshall Harris III distributed a career-high 10 assists to go along with six points and three steals. The Bulldogs topped the 50 percent mark for the ninth time of the season, knocking down 26-of-46 (56.5%) from the field. The Citadel held a 34-26 advantage on the glass, marking the seventh time this season the Dogs outrebounded their opponent. The victory gives the Bulldogs their first in the series since a 74-71 win at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Jan. 26, 2007.
Wofford's offense was highlighted by the trio of Karl Cochran (15 points), Spencer Collins (14) and Lee Skinner (12). Cochran and Collins each finished with six field goals to lead a Terrier unit that knocked down 24-of-61 (39.3%) from the field. The biggest Wofford struggle came from beyond the arc, where the Terriers hit 5-of-24 (20.8%).
Wofford capitalized on 17 Citadel miscues to finish with a 21-11 edge in points off turnovers. The Terriers also forced 12 steals, including four by Cochran, allowing for eight points in transition.
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