January 27, 2012

Bulldogs Renew Longstanding Rivalry with Furman on Saturday

Furman vs. The Citadel Game Notes

Charleston, S.C.—
The Citadel Basketball team wraps up their brief two-game stint at McAlister Field House on Saturday when they renew their longstanding rivalry with Furman at 7:05 p.m. The 197th installment of the all-time series, which dates back to the 1920 season, has swayed in favor of the Paladins of late, who have won the last four straight dating back to last season. The Bulldogs (4-16, 1-8 SoCon) are looking to snap a five-game losing streak, while Furman (10-10, 4-5 SoCon) hopes to build on the momentum from Thursday's night victory over the College of Charleston.

BURROWS NUMBER No. 3 JERSEY SET TO BE HONORED AGAINST THE PALADINS: On Saturday, The Citadel Department of Athletics will honor Col. Jake Burrows' jersey number three with a banner in McAlister Field House to commemorate the Hall of Famer's many contributions to his alma mater.

During halftime against rival Furman University, the Military College of South Carolina will unfurl their fourth banner alongside Les Robinson, Art Musselman and Regan Truesdale as individuals who have been previously recognized.  Another banner reflects the Bulldogs' participation in the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the college lone postseason appearance.

The 93-year-old Burrows, a member of the Class of 1940, is the lone member of the college's Hall of Fame who was both Regimental Commander and First Honor Graduate of his class.  As an athlete in which he competed for three years (freshmen were ineligible), Burrows earned eight total letters as he lettered in football three times, basketball three times and twice in track. He was an all-state pick in basketball three times and twice was named All-Southern Conference and during his three years of basketball, Burrows averaged 11.5 points per game which equated to 31 percent of the team's total points.  In his three years on the hardwood, The Citadel defeated South Carolina and Furman six straight games each.

REVIEWING THE RIVALRY WITH FURMAN

All-Time Series Record: Furman leads 113-83
Last 10 Games: Furman 7-3 (dating back to Feb. 17, 2007)
Longest Citadel Win Streak: 5 games (Jan. 12, 1945-Feb. 16, 1946); (Jan. 23, 1999-Feb. 25, 2001)
Longest Furman Win Streak: 12 games (Jan. 9, 1971-Jan. 17, 1978
First Game: 1920 (The Citadel won, 22-16)
Most Recent Game: Jan. 5, 2012 (Furman won, 77-45)
Total Citadel Points: 11,393
Citadel PPG Average: 58.1
Total Furman Points: 12,255
Furman PPG Average: 62.5
Average Margin of Victory: 4.4 ppg.--Furman

EARNING THE STARTING NOD: Through the first 20 games of the 2011-12 season Citadel Head Coach Chuck Driesell has used seven different starting lineups combinations. Two constants in those lineups have been Mike Groselle and DeVontae Wright, who have started in every contest. Players that have also been among the Bulldogs starters include C.J. Bray, Bo Holston, P.J. Horgan, Cosmo Morabbi, Ashton Moore, Lawrence MillerBarry Smith and most recently making his first collegiate start was Marshall Harris III.

The lineup that Driesell used the most this season includes Groselle, Wright, Moore, Morabbi and Bray, which brought him 362 points (51.7 ppg.) as a starting unit over a seven-game stretch that spanned from Jan. 2 to Jan. 23. That unit outscored the opposition's starting unit by an average of 1.7 points per contest, as the opponent starting five managed 350 points. During this seven-game stretch, the Bulldogs five starters were responsible for 79.9% of the team's 453 total points.

The starting lineup with the second-most nods was the combination of Groselle, Wright, Smith, Moore and Bray, who appeared in games against College of Charleston, Wofford (Dec. 3), James Madison and Denver. In those four games, the Bulldog starting five totaled 158 points (39.5 ppg.) and surrendered 228 points (57.0 ppg.) to the opposition.

  Games Citadel Starters (Total Pts.) Citadel Starters (PPG Avg.) Opp. Starters (Total Pts.) Opp. Starters (PPG Avg)
1st Lineup 3 142 (233) 47.3 (77.7) 166 (248) 55.3 (82.7)
(Groselle, Wright, Holston, Morabbi, Bray)      
2nd Lineup 2 85 (169) 42.5 (84.5) 82 (124) 41.0 (62.0)
(Groselle, Wright, Smith, Morabbi, Holston)      
3rd Lineup 4 158 (234) 39.5 (58.5) 228 (302) 57.0 (75.5)
(Groselle, Wright, Smith, Moore, Bray)      
4th Lineup 2 100 (127) 50.0 (63.5) 125 (168) 62.5 (84)
(Groselle, Wright, Smith, Moore, Horgan)      
5th Lineup 1 43 (55) 43.0 (55.0) 36 (86) 36.0 (86.0)
(Groselle, Wright, Morabbi, Bray, Miller)      
6th lineup 7 362 (453) 51.7 (64.7) 350 (508) 50.0 (72.6)
(Groselle, Wright, Moore, Morabbi, Bray)      
7th lineup 1 36 (55) 36.0 (55.0) 59 (62) 59.0 (62.0)
(Groselle, Wright, Morabbi, Bray, Harris III)      
^-note that number in parantheses are total team points/ppg. avg.    

HOLSTON'S SOLID PERFORMANCE UNABLE TO TOPPLE TERRIERS AS BULLDOGS FALL 62-55: Citadel redshirt junior Bo Holston scored a team-high 14 points in reserve, one short of a career-high, but it was four double figure scorers that pushed Wofford to a 62-55 victory at McAlister Field House on Thursday evening. Holston energized the Bulldogs lineup by hitting 5-of-8 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, while making his impact defensively with one steal and one block. His counterpart, the Terriers Karl Cochran, took home game-high honors, scoring 18 points behind a 7-of-13 shooting performance. Cochran knocked down four 3-pointers, all in the second half, as Wofford ran its streak to 11 straight in the series.

The Citadel finished 20-of-46 (43.5%) from the field, taking advantage of a 12-for-25 performance in the second half. Holston led the way with his five field goals, followed closely by Mike Groselle who scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. Freshman guard Marshall Harris III, in his first collegiate start, capped on an impressive 3-of-6 performance with nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Teammate DeVontae Wright was also instrumental as he led the Dogs with nine rebounds. The Citadel falls to 4-16 overall and 1-8 in Southern Conference play following the loss.

Cochran proved to be an anecdote for a struggling Wofford offense as he poured in 14 points in the second half. He was joined in scoring by Kevin Giltner (15 pts.), Drew Crowell (12 pts.) and Brad Loesing (10 pts.) as the Terriers outscored the Dogs behind 23-of-52 (44.2%) shooting from the field. A chunk of the second half scoring came from beyond the arc, as Wofford managed to hit 6-of-12 from 3-point range.

LATE BLOOMERS: The Citadel has hit 2.7 percent better from field goal range in the second half and overtime than that of the first half. The Bulldogs, who have combined to hit 224-of-525 (42.7%) shots in he opening frame, have succeeded in hitting 47 more field goals (271-of-596, 45.4%) from the floor in the second half and three overtime sessions played this season. The Bulldogs have had 10 games in which they have hit 14-or-more field goals in the second half, including a season-high 18 field goals against VMI at the All-Military Classic in Colorado Springs. The second-most field goals in the second half, 16, came against intracity foe Charleston Southern on Dec. 14.

Furthermore, The Citadel has made two more 3-pointers in the second half (60-160, 37.5%) than the first half (58-165, 35.2%). The biggest difference in scoring for the Dogs is the number of first half free throws (91-126, .722) as opposed to free throws in the second half and overtime, where the team is 127-of-217 (58.5%).

EARNING THE STARTING NOD: Through the first 20 games of the 2011-12 season Citadel Head Coach Chuck Driesell has used seven different starting lineups combinations. Two constants in those lineups have been Mike Groselle and DeVontae Wright, who have started in every contest. Players that have also been among the Bulldogs starters include C.J. Bray, Bo Holston, P.J. Horgan, Cosmo Morabbi, Ashton Moore, Lawrence Miller,  Barry Smith and most recently making his first collegiate start was Marshall Harris III.

The lineup that Driesell used the most this season includes Groselle, Wright, Moore, Morabbi and Bray, which brought him 362 points (51.7 ppg.) as a starting unit over a seven-game stretch that spanned from Jan. 2 to Jan. 23. That unit outscored the opposition's starting unit by an average of 1.7 points per contest, as the opponent starting five managed 350 points. During this seven-game stretch, the Bulldogs five starters were responsible for 79.9% of the team's 453 total points.

The starting lineup with the second-most nods was the combination of Groselle, Wright, Smith, Moore and Bray, who appeared in games against College of Charleston, Wofford (Dec. 3), James Madison and Denver. In those four games, the Bulldog starting five totaled 158 points (39.5 ppg.) and surrendered 228 points (57.0 ppg.) to the opposition.

PREVIEWING THE COMPETITION: Furman Paladins (10-10 Overall/4-5 SoCon)

PALADINS WIN ROAD GAME AGAINST COUGARS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1952-53: Furman built a 14-point second half lead and held on late to nip the College of Charleston, 69-63, on Thursday night at TD Arena to claim its first victory on the Cougars' home floor since the 1952-53 season.

The victory, which snapped a nine-game skid against Charleston, improved the Paladins to 10-10 overall and 4-5 in Southern Conference play.  CofC fell to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in league play.

After carrying a 31-25 lead into intermission, Furman opened the second half with back-to-back treys from junior Bryant Irwin to grab a 37-25 advantage and Chris Toler added a jumper less than two minutes later to up the cushion to 39-25.

Trailing 41-27 with under 16:30 remaining, Antwaine Wiggins scored five consecutive points in a 9-2 Charleston run that trimmed the Furman margin to 43-36 on Andrew Lawrence's free throw with 12:55 to play.  Furman responded by pushing the margin back to double digits on five occasions in the next 11 minutes and led 67-57 when Brandon Sebirumbi drained a pair of free throws with 1:07 left. 

Matt Sundberg buried a jumper and Trevonte Dixon stole a David Brown pass and converted the layup to cut the Paladin lead to just 67-61 with 56 seconds left.  Sebirumbi missed a pair of free throws as Furman went on to convert just 2-of-8 at the line in the final minutes, but College of Charleston was unable to connect on any of its five three-point attempts in the final seconds as the Paladins survived for their fourth road win of the season.

Furman held the Cougars to 35% shooting from the field and just 4-of-23 shooting from three-point range to win at the College of Charleston for the first time in the last 14 meetings on CofC's home floor.  The Paladins, who connected on 5-of-11 from long range, shot 43.9% and out-rebounded Charleston 40-38.

Sebirumbi made 5-of-10 shot to pace the Paladins with 15 points and nine rebounds.  Irwin scored 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range while Charlie Reddick fouled out with 12 points.  Bryson Barnes tallied seven points, six rebounds and four blocks as the Paladin bench outscored Charleston's reserves 32-13.

Lawrence led the Cougars with 15 points and Wiggins and Trent Wiedeman added 12 and 10, respectively.

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