August 22, 2013

White Leads Bulldogs to 65-57 Victory over Fanshawe College

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London, Ontario, Canada – The Citadel completed its three-game tour through Canada by defeating Fanshawe College 65-57 despite not having starting point guard Marshall Harris III and favorable floor conditions due to the high level of humidity.

Forward Brian White came off the bench to score 15 points and completed his impressive three-game performance with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Ashton followed his 26-point last night with 12 points, hitting 6-of-13 from the floor, to go along with nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

In addition to the play of White and Moore, Matt Van Scyoc scored 14 points after hitting 7-of-13 from the field.

The Bulldogs controlled the glass, outrebounding Fanshawe by a 47-31 margin, highlighted by a nine-rebound effort by Moore. Redshirt sophomore Dylen Setzekorn climbed the glass for seven boards, snagging six on the offensive glass. Moore also made his presence felt on the defensive end with five steals, while Raemond Robinson forced three to give The Citadel a 14-4 edge in steals.

The Citadel impressed early as it built a 17-point halftime lead by hitting 46.9% (15-32) in the first half and at the same time used its defensive prowess to limit Fanshawe College to 28.6% (6-21).

Freshman Warren Sledge, starting in place of Harris, again impressed head coach Chuck Driesell with his composure and overall floor presence.

"Warren once again stepped up and did a super job of running our team," said Driesell.  "He has gained some great experience on this trip and it will serve him and our team well this upcoming season. We took this trip to accomplish many things, one of which was to give our incoming freshman some valuable practice and playing time with our returning players, and I can't be more pleased with the performance of all four freshmen on this trip."

In the second half The Citadel took advantage of White hitting 8-of-10 from the free throw line and tacking on three jumpers in the paint to maintain its lead.

With the Bulldogs plagued by foul trouble Fanshawe College sliced the deficit to five points, but key free throw shooting down the stretch secured The Citadel's victory.

Fanshawe was led offensively by the trio of Chavaun Miller-Bennett (14 points), Trey Langford (12) and Jeremy St. Clair (10). Olaleye Ojo controlled the paint for the Falcons with his game-high 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.

The Citadel converted 18-of-25 (72%) attempts from the free throw line and capped off their third game in as many days by knocking down 23-of-59 (39%) from the floor.

A solid defensive effort by the Bulldogs limited Fanshawe to 22-of-54 (40.7%) shooting from the field. The Falcons also struggled at the charity stripe, hitting just 9-of-22 (40.9%) on the evening.

The Citadel completes the three-game exhibition tour through Canada with a 1-2 record.

 "I am really pleased with our player's performance on this Canada trip," added Driesell. "We played some tough competition on their court with their referees and FIBA rules.  Our players handled themselves extremely well and put themselves in a position to win every game. With only 10 practices prior to the three games, our players demonstrated great toughness especially on the defensive end.  We wanted to work hard to improve in that area and I believe we accomplished that as we held opponents in the three games to an average of 39% from the field. This is something we can build on as we prepare for the upcoming season."

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