Moore, Sledge Instrumental in Citadel’s Solid Effort Against Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada – Windsor University overcame a gritty performance by The Citadel on Tuesday evening to emerge with an 83-73 overtime victory at the St. Denis Centre. The Lancers were paced by the offensive performances of Josh Collins (18 points) and Enrico Di Loreto (17) as they captured their second victory in as many days against the Bulldogs.
The Citadel, who lost the services of point guard Marshall Harris III just nine minutes into the contest, capitalized on the play of the backcourt tandem of Ashton Moore and Warren Sledge throughout the night.
Moore, who led all scorers with 26 points, knocked down 8-of-20 from the floor and was successful on 5-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. The junior shooting guard also converted 5-of-6 at the charity stripe and made his presence felt on the glass with eight rebounds (seven defensive).
Sledge, who proved to be a valuable asset to Chuck Driesell's unit, played 35 minutes and contributed eight assists, seven points, five steals and three rebounds.
"Clearly Ashton has worked hard over the summer and it really showed in his performance tonight," said Driesell. "We really needed him to play well tonight because of Harris' injury early in the first quarter. We needed an experienced guard to step and do the kind of things that Ashton did tonight. He did it with a lot of confidence, handled the ball well and most important was aggressive on both the offensive and defensive end.
"The play of Warren Sledge tonight was good news for us," Driesell added. "It was unfortunate that Harris couldn't play tonight after he injured his ankle, but with Warren stepping up and playing the way he did it put us in position to have an opportunity to win in regulation. The ability to take this team into overtime says a lot about his composure and his ability. This is a great learning experience for him and a good sign for our basketball team if we are in that situation again either by virtue of fouls or injury."
Dylen Setzekorn also played an integral part in The Citadel's offensive success on Tuesday as he scored 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. Setzekorn was also responsible for six rebounds and two steals. He was one of four Citadel players to finish with at least five rebounds, joining the likes of Moore, Matt Van Scyoc (five rebounds) and Brian White (five).
"Setzekorn came off a difficult outing last night and to see him turn it around and hit 7-of-15 and 2-of-6 from 3-point range, I was glad to see that for him," said Driesell. "He also did a great job on the offensive boards, was super aggressive and worked really hard. That is a good sign for him to gain some confidence with his performance."
Joining Collins and Di Loreto in double figures for the Lancers were Alex Campbell (12 points), Evan Matthews (12) and Bradford Parker (10). Matthews posted a double-double for Windsor as he snagged 17 rebounds, including 11 on the defensive end.
Facing their second contest in as many nights, The Citadel managed to hit 26-of-73 (35.6%) from the floor, while their counterparts knocked down 29-of-69 (42.0%). Windsor's offense was hindered by pressure throughout the night by the Bulldogs, who forced 22 Lancer turnovers.
"I am really excited for the guys because we have spent a good deal of time and focus on defense," Driesell added. "We held them to 42 percent from the field, which is just off our team standard of 41 percent, so I am very pleased with that performance as well as the number of turnovers that we forced them into committing."
The Citadel completes its Canadian tour on Wednesday night when the team heads to Fanshawe College for a 7 p.m. game.