November 16, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Nov. 16, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Opening Kick/Opening Tip!

The only thing that could be better than beating VMI in football and basketball on the same Saturday would have been for both contests to have been in Charleston.  But then again, beating Furman in Greenville in football’s season finale could only make the week better.

 The football team’s win over VMI guaranteed that the Bulldogs will finish with a winning record for the first time since going 7-4 in 2007 and can end the season with a positive record in the Southern Conference (5-3) for the first time since going 4-3 in both 2006 and ‘07 by defeating the Paladins on Saturday.
Basketball is underway with the Bulldogs hosting the Army ROTC All-Military Classic over the past weekend.  The (real) Cadets defeated VMI in Saturday’s opening round, but fell to Air Force by 7 in the championship game on Sunday. 

Cars are double-parked in front of the battalions as the Cadets head home for the break.  And on behalf of the officers, board of directors and staff of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, we wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

And because next week is the Thanksgiving break, there will be no issue of Today’s Blue & White on Friday, Nov. 23 but we will return with another jammed-packed copy on Nov. 30.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Citadel Holds on to Defeat VMI to Retain Silver Shako

The Citadel retained the Silver Shako trophy and clinched a winning season but not before receiving a huge scare from underdog VMI in a 27-24 victory in the 33rd edition of the Military Classic of the South on Saturday in Lexington, Va.

The Bulldogs built a 24-3 lead midway through the third quarter when Derek Douglas picked up a fumble caused by a Mark Thomas sack and went 21 yards for a touchdown. But the Keydets answered with back-to-back scores to pull within seven with almost 12 minutes remaining.

The Citadel upped its lead to 27-17 when Thomas Warren converted a 33-yard field goal, but VMI came right back to score with just over three minutes remaining to make it a three-point game. 

Brandon Eakins recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Aaron Miller converted a third down play with 2:35 left and VMI out of timeouts to finally secure the victory.

The win gave The Citadel a 6-4 record to guarantee its first winning season since going 7-4 in 2007. It was also the sixth straight win over its longtime rival and raised the Bulldogs’ record to 22-10-1 since the game vs. VMI was dubbed the Military Classic of the South in 1976.

Darien Robinson led The Citadel with 74 rushing yards, but the Keydets were able to hold the Bulldogs to a total of 248 yards on the ground, 60 below their season average.  Miller threw for 72 yards and Ben Dupree added 49 through the air.

Derek Douglas Receives SoCon and National Honors for Performance at VMI

Junior defensive tackle Derek Douglas was honored as the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week for his efforts in Saturday's 27-24 win at VMI. 

Douglas had four tackles including two sacks and took a Keydet fumble 21 yards for his first career touchdown that helped the Bulldogs retain the Silver Shako trophy and improve to 6-4 to clinch their first winning season since 2007.

The Garland, Texas, native had a sack of VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock midway through the third quarter and on the following play picked up a fumble that was the result of a sack by Mark Thomas and went in for the touchdown that gave The Citadel a 24-3 lead.

Douglas had his first sack of the game and forced a fumble that VMI was able to recover in the second quarter. The 2011 first team All-SoCon selection and Citadel team MVP has five sacks on the season despite missing the first three games while still recovering from a torn ACL suffered during spring practice.

Douglas increased his career sack total to 12, tied for seventh in school history, and moved into 16th place with 29 career tackles for loss. A year ago he ranked fifth in the SoCon with 14.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage among his 43 total stops.

The Citadel Visits Rival Furman

The longest series in Citadel history is with the Furman Paladins and Saturday will be the 92nd meeting in the series.  Furman holds a 57-31-3 lead.  The teams first met in 1913 and every season since 1919 except for three years (1943-45) during World War II in which the Bulldogs did not field a team.  This marks the first time the teams are playing in the regular season finale since 1992 as prior to 1993, the Bulldogs and Paladins played their traditional rivalry game on the final day of the regular season from 1977-92

The Paladins have won two in a row and 13 of the past 17, including a 16-6 victory in Charleston a year ago.  The Citadel’s last win was a 38-28 victory at home in 2009.  The Bulldogs have lost six in a row in Greenville since a 25-24 win in 1998.  Kevin Higgins is 2-5 vs. Furman, including a 54-51 overtime win in 2007 that stands as the highest scoring game in Citadel history

Spikers Fall to Elon in Season Finale

The volleyball team completed its 2012 season on Saturday night as the team recognized the careers of seniors Emily Dalton, Rachael Farrell, Jessica Maxwell and Cassie Uribe.  However, it was Elon that got the best of the Bulldogs, as the Phoenix emerged with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-19 victory at McAlister Field House.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Maxwell and Amanda Rudnik, who finished with six kills apiece.  Ise d'Angelo added five to go along with nine digs, but The Citadel struggled to find its offensive rhythm with only 23 team kills.  Meanwhile, on defense, Erin Bucherl guided the way with 12 digs and following d'Angelo's nine were four players with five each.

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Hoopsters Reach the Finals of Military Classic; Top Montreat

Sophomore guard Lawrence Miller notched a career-high 20 points, but it was the 33-point effort of Air Force sharpshooter Michael Lyons that made the difference as the Falcons captured the 2012 Army ROTC All-Military Classic on Sunday in McAlister Field House by a final margin of 77-70.

Miller was one of three Citadel players to reach double figures, followed by Mike Groselle (17 points) and C.J. Bray, who also established a new career-high with 14 points.  All of Miller's field goals came from beyond the arc, as he finished 6-of-9 to go along with a pair of free throws.  Bray drained a pair of treys in the contest and hit 6-of-7 from the floor.  Groselle came away with the team-high eight rebounds, as the Bulldogs finished with a 30-17 edge on the glass.

Both Miller and Groselle earned All-Tournament honors for their performances over the course of the two-day tournament.

On Saturday, Groselle finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, notching the 23rd double-double of his career, as the Bulldogs earned an 84-76 victory over VMI in the first game of the Army ROTC All-Military Classic.

Groselle, who set a new program record with 23 double-doubles, led all Citadel players by hitting 9-of-11 from the field.  He was joined in double figure scoring by Marshall Harris III, who added 19, and Matt Van Scyoc, who drained a pair of 3-pointers in his first game en route to an 18-point performance.  Van Scyoc was one of three Bulldogs to knock down multiple treys, along with Dylen Setzekorn and C.J. Bray.  Harris dished a game-high nine assist to guide The Citadel to its 51st season-opening win at home in program history.

The Citadel controlled the glass with 39 rebounds, including 11 offensive highlighted by Groselle's 15 boards.  Van Scyoc also made his presence felt with seven rebounds, hauling in a pair on offense.  Another key for the Bulldogs came from the free throw line as the team finished 23-of-28 (82.1%), led by Harris' 12-of-13 outing.

On Wednesday night in McAlister Field House, Van Scyoc scored a team-high 16 points and Groselle chipped in 13 as the Bulldogs earned their second victory of the season with a 62-45 win over Montreat College.

Van Scyoc finished 6-of-9 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.  Groselle finished 6-of-8 from the floor and added four rebounds. Other offensive contributors for The Citadel included Bray and Dylen Setzekorn, who finished with seven points each.

The Citadel defense, which held Montreat to 37 percent shooting, was sparked by the play of Groselle (4 steals) and freshman Quinton Marshall (3 steals).  Redshirt freshman Michael Hundley, making his first collegiate appearance, finished with three blocked shots in eight minutes of action.

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Mike Groselle Named SoCon Player of the Week

Mike Groselle was named the Southern Conference player of the week by the league office and College Sports Madness.  Groselle averaged 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week as the Bulldogs went 1-1 at the All-Military Classic in McAlister Field House.

It marks the second time in Groselle's career that he has earned SoCon player of the week honors from the league and College Sports Madness, both coming last season on the week of Nov. 15.

The senior center scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 84-76 victory over VMI on Saturday, which was his 23rd career double-double.  He followed that performance with 17 points and eight rebounds against Air Force as the Falcons held on for a 77-70 victory.

The Plano, Texas, native shot 68 percent from the field (15-22) and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.  Groselle added three assists and two steals and was named to the All-Military Classic all-tournament team for his efforts.

Grapplers Fall to Arizona State in Home-Opener in 3rd Battalion

No. 10-ranked Ugi Khishignyam recorded a pin at 5:44 to give The Citadel its only six points of the day in a 42-6 loss to Arizona State in a season’s opening wrestling match that was held in 3rd Battalion on Sunday.  The pin was Ugi's second of the season and improves his record to 5-1 in the 141-pound weight division.

 The heavyweight bout featured two ranked wrestlers in The Citadel's No. 13 Odie Delaney and Arizona State's No. 9 Levi Cooper. As expected, the two battled it out on the mats for seven minutes, but two Cooper takedowns proved to be the difference as the Sun Devils took the win with a 6-2 decision.

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Jackson Fires a 576 En Route to Bulldogs First Place Finish at SEARC 3

Robert Jackson and Richard Hunton carded air rifle marks of 576 and 575, respectively, and led The Citadel to a first place finish on Sunday in the third Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 2,287 to narrowly edge second place North Georgia by eight points.  Jackson's team-leading score marked the fifth time in six matches that the sophomore has posted the team's top mark.

The Wright brothers, Franklin and Thor, carded marks of 568 and 562, respectively, while sophomore William Wutzer and senior captain Julia McCullohs both recorded a 568 to take fourth among their teammates.

North Georgia's Casadie Bragg took the individual crown with a score of 589.

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Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!

They Said It:

“It is posted up in our front office (in Seignious Hall).  We see it every single day.  It’s been there since I was a freshman.  It’s nice to know it’s not going to have a change of scenery.”

 - Defensive lineman Derek Douglas, on the coveted Silver Shako, after the football team's win at VMI.

“The Citadel was able to make a few more plays than we did.  They could convert those third downs (8-for-17) more than we could and I thought they played better in the kicking game than we did.  The biggest play of the game in my judgment was the turnover for a touchdown.”

 - VMI football coach Sparky Woods.

“The more success you have, the more players are able to buy into what you are doing. Guys tend to work harder, there’s more enthusiasm and more emotion, whether it’s from the fans or internally. We coach to win games and develop guys, and the more wins you get, the more satisfying it is.”

 - Coach Kevin Higgins, on winning.

“We’ve been working for months for this game.  I think the close relationship we’ve developed as a team really helped us pull this one out.”

 - Senior center Mike Groselle, after the Bulldogs defeated VMI in basketball on Saturday.

“Anybody who saw out team last year, I think they know these guys are much improved, and they are showing it on the court.”

 - Coach Chuck Driesell, on this year's basketball team.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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