April 9, 2012

Bulldogs Basketball Honored at Awards Banquet

2011-12 Season Recap

The Citadel Basketball team completed the 2011-12 season with an awards banquet at Pearson Lounge on Monday evening.

With fans, friends and alumni on hand, the team recognized the efforts of junior Mike Groselle and drew to a close the career of senior Cosmo Morabbi. Morabbi and The Citadel went head-to-head with four teams that reached postseason play, including Tennessee who earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT.

Morabbi capped off his senior season with 143 points and 48 rebounds in 27 contests. He handed out 40 assists and knocked down 15 3-pointers after returning from a broken finger that sidelined him for a large part of the 2010-11 season. As for Groselle, who finished atop 18 statistical categories for the Bulldogs during the 2011-12 season, he will be one of two seniors for a Citadel lineup that returns eight freshmen next season.

2011-12 Citadel Basketball Banquet Award Winners

Rebounding Award: Mike Groselle
Assist Award: DeVontae Wright
Academic Award: Mike Groselle
Outstanding Free Throw Shooter: Ashton Moore
CBA Most Improved Player Award: DeVontae Wright
William Ackerman Award: Marshall Harris III
Keith Hamilton Award:  Bill Schupp
Most Valuable Player Award: Mike Groselle

Dogs Earn Victory over Army at All-Military Classic

Sophomore DeVontae Wright scored a career-high 26 points -- 18 in the second half -- to lead The Citadel to an 83-72 comeback victory over Army in the third-place game of the inaugural All-Military Classic Saturday night. The Bulldogs (1-1) shot 51.9 percent from the field in the second half on their way to erasing Army's 12-point halftime lead.

Mike Groselle added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, which trailed the Black Knights (0-2) by as many as 20 in the first half. The double-double was Groselle's second in under 24 hours as the junior put up 25 points and collected 16 boards against Virginia Military Institute late Friday evening. Groselle was the Bulldogs' lone representative on the all-tournament team.

Citadel Completes 97-44 Win over Florida Christian

Mike Groselle and Barry Smith scored 19 points apiece to lead five Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs routed Florida Christian by a final score of 97-44 at McAlister Field House on Monday evening. Groselle became the first Citadel player, since 1974, to record five consecutive double-doubles, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as Bulldog Head Coach Chuck Driesell earned his 100th career coaching victory in dramatic fashion.

Groselle and Smith were joined in double figures by the likes of Ashton Moore (11 points) and C.J. Bray (10 points), as 12 different Bulldogs scored at least one point in the contest. The Citadel converted 36-of-65 (55.4%) from the floor, including 9-of-24 (37.5%) from 3-point range, led by Smith who hit 8-of-15 from the floor. Groselle, who posted a game-high 11 rebounds, was joined in the post by Smith and Bray, who accounted for six rebounds each, to give the Cadets a 46-28 edge on the boards. The Bulldogs improved to 2-2 on the season.

Moore's 30 Paces The Citadel in Victory over UVA-Wise

Citadel freshman Ashton Moore poured in a game-high 30 points as the Bulldogs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 91-74 victory over UVA-Wise at McAlister Field House on Monday evening. Moore became the first Cadet to net 30 points in a contest since Cameron Wells accomplished the feat on Feb. 12, 2009 against Appalachian State. Teammate Mike Groselle further embedded himself in Citadel history with a 19-point, 13-rebound performance to tie Matt Newman and Craig Burgess for third place with 16 career double-doubles.

The Bulldogs had their fifth 50% shooting performance of the season, hitting 33-of-63 (52.4%) from the field. The Citadel found its shooting touch from beyond the arc, knocking down 7-of-16 (43.8%) attempts, paced by Moore's 3-of-4 performance. In total, four Cadets reached double figures, including Cosmo Morabbi, who set a new career-high with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Backcourt teammate DeVontae Wright rounded out double-digit scorers with 13 points. The Dogs hit the third most free throws (18) in a game this season, while outmuscling UVA-Wise 37-24 on the glass. The victory moves The Citadel to 3-10 on the campaign.

Groselle, Morabbi Guide Dogs Past Samford

The tandem of Mike Groselle and Cosmo Morabbi accounted for 45 points as The Citadel won their first Southern Conference game of the season, 73-62, over Samford on Saturday evening. Groselle scored 25 points to tie his career-high and by virtue of finishing 10-for-10 from the floor set a program record that was previously held by John Sutor and Ted Mosay for highest field goal percentage. Meanwhile, Morabbi established a new career-high, 20 points, to go along with six assists and four steals. It marks the third time in the last five games that Morabbi has topped double figures for the Dogs.

The Citadel knocked down 26-of-46 (56.5%) from the floor, including a 6-for-14 performance from beyond the arc. Groselle and Morabbi, who finished 6-of-12 from the field, including four 3-pointers, were joined by the likes of Ashton Moore (4-11) and DeVontae Wright (3-5). Wright was responsible for eight of the Dogs 21 assists, establishing a career-high. Teammate C.J. Bray anchored the paint, outmuscling Samford for eight rebounds, including two on the offensive glass. Groselle pitched in seven rebounds as the Cadets had 28 as a team. The Citadel improves to 4-11 overall and 1-3 in SoCon play.

Miller, Harris III Key in Delivering Citadel Win over Chattanooga

Marshall Harris III converted the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than two minutes to go as The Citadel ended a 13-game road losing streak with a 48-46 victory at Chattanooga on Saturday evening.

The Citadel's Lawrence Miller scored a game-high 15 points, along the way tying a career-high with five 3-pointers, as the Bulldogs improved to 5-22 overall and 2-14 in the Southern Conference. Miller led the Cadets to a 10-of-21 (47.6%) outing from beyond the arc, joined by Harris III (2-4) and DeVontae Wright (2-3) with multiple treys. The duo of Mike Groselle and Harris III added eight points each for the Bulldogs, while DeVontae Wright came off the bench to score six points, as The Citadel hit 18-of-40 (45%) from the field. Groselle posted a team-high 15 rebounds, pulling down 11 on the defensive end, as the Dogs edged Chattanooga 31-29 on the glass.

Holston Posts First Double-Double in 62-51 Downing of Appalachian State

Redshirt junior Bo Holston recorded his first career double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, to guide The Citadel to a 62-51 victory over Appalachian State at McAlister Field House. Holston was the catalyst to a Bulldog offense that witnessed three double figure scorers, including Mike Groselle (18 points) and C.J. Bray (10 points). The Citadel has now earned back-to-back Southern Conference victories for the first time since last season, when they downed Western Carolina and Davidson in late January.

Holston knocked down 3-of-6 from the floor and finished 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to close with 13 points. He also made his defensive presence known with a team-high seven defensive rebounds.

The Bulldogs hit 19-of-38 (50%) from the floor and were successful on 21-of-28 (75%) attempts from the charity stripe. Groselle was the individual leader in field goals, converting 6-of-8, while Bray finished 5-of-9 to go along with seven rebounds. Teammate Lawrence Miller added a punch from the perimeter, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range, to close with nine points. The Cadets edge Appalachian State in points in the paint (28-22) and bench points (19-16) as they moved to 6-22 overall and 3-14 in conference action.

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