November 9, 2012

Citadel Hosts Army ROTC All-Military Classic to Open 2012-13 Season

VMI Game Notes
The Citadel Game Notes

CHARLESTON, S.C.
– The Citadel basketball team opens its 2012-13 season on Veteran's Day weekend when the Bulldogs square off against rival VMI at McAlister Field House for the first time since Feb. 24, 2003. The game, set to begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, is part of the two-day 2012 ARMY ROTC All-Military Classic that also features the likes of Air Force and Army.

2012 ARMY ROTC ALL-MILITARY CLASSIC: The early game features Air Force, last year's tournament champions, and Army at 2 p.m.

The losers of the two contests play for third place Sunday at 2 p.m., while the winners return to battle for the tournament title Sunday at 4.

Air Force Game Notes
Army Game Notes

DECISIVE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: Entering the 102nd season of Citadel basketball, the Bulldogs are 61-40 (.604) in season openers.

Among those 101 games, 65 have taken place at McAlister Field House, where the Dogs hold a 50-15 (.769) all-time record, including an active 10-game winning streak that dates back to the 1998 season. The current streak marks the second-longest in program history behind a stretch of 11 victories that spanned from 1972 to 1984.

The Citadel has won 27 of past 29 season openers that have taken place at McAlister Field House, losing only to Clemson, 71-54, in 1989 and Francis Marion, 66-58, in 1997.

On four separate occasions, The Citadel opened the season against ranked opponents, including No. 5 West Virginia (1962-63); No. 3 Indiana (1973-74); No. 13 N.C. State (1975-76) and No. 1 Duke (1988-89).

DEBUT TOPPERS:  In the 65 home openers in Citadel basketball history there have been 23 players to lead the team in scoring with 20 points or more, dating back to the 1919-20 season. Of those, only two, Rodney McKeever and Dante Terry, topped the 30-point mark in a season-opener. Further, there have been 11 players in program history to eclipse the double-digit plateau in rebounding, with John Sterling leading the way following a 15-rebound performance against Piedmont in the 1982 opener. The following is a brief look at some Citadel program highs that took place in season openers.

Most Points (by Citadel player): 35, Rodney McKeever (vs. Baptist; Nov. 30, 1974)
Most Points (by Opposing player): 29, Mike Henry (vs. Baptist; Nov. 30, 1974)
Most Rebounds (by Citadel player): 15, John Sterling (vs. Piedmont; Nov. 29, 1982)
Most Rebounds (by Opposing player): 14, Stevens (Piedmont; Dec. 1, 1980
Most Point Scored (by Citadel): 131, vs. Daniel Webster; Nov. 9, 2007
Most Points Scored (by Opponent): 105, vs. Auburn; Dec. 1, 1966
Fewest Points Score (by Citadel): 13, vs. Erskine; Dec. 1, 1930
Fewest Points Score (by Opponent): 4, vs. Ashley Athletic Club; Jan. 17, 1919

SEASONED SOPHOMORES: The Citadel's roster includes five sophomores who combined for 2,464 minutes during the 2011-12 campaign.

All five sophomores started at least two games last season, led by C.J. Bray who earned the nod in 18-of-30 games for head coach Chuck Driesell. Four freshmen, including Ashton Moore (23.0), Marshall Harris III (19.3), Lawrence Miller (17.9) and Bray (17.7) averaged 15 or more minutes per game.

Driesell's offense will rely on the sophomore tandem of Miller and Moore, who knocked down 50 and 32 3-pointers, respectively, and became the sixth set of teammates to hit 30 or more 3-pointers in their freshman year since the full-time institution of the 3-point line in the 1986-87 season.

GROSELLE BEING 'WATCHED' CLOSELY: Citadel senior center Mike Groselle enters the 2012-13 season on a number of award watch lists. Groselle was recently named as the ninth best mid-major forward/center to watch this season by Bloguin.com.

Groselle has also been listed among candidates for the Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major players in NCAA Division I college basketball.

The Plano, Texas, native is among several national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given to a NCAA Division I senior student-athlete who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Groselle enters the upcoming season with 891 career points, 109 points from becoming the 30th player in Bulldog history with 1,000 points.

Last season, Groselle posted 14 double-doubles and established a new single-season school record for most in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 13 which was set by Patrick Elmore in 1989-90. This moved Groselle into a tie with Regan Truesdale for the most career double-doubles (22) in Citadel history.

A highly efficient shooter around the basket, Groselle enters the season as The Citadel's all-time field goal percentage leader (59.7%, 359-601), sitting .006 percentage points in front of Moncrief Michael.

BREAKING DOWN VMI (2011-12: 17-16 Overall)

The Keydets have turnover on their roster this year, as they lost four seniors including two long-time starters in Ron Burks and Keith Gabriel. VMI does return Big South Preseason Player of the Year Stan Okoye, who had 19 points and five rebounds in last year's opener against The Citadel, as well as junior forward D.J. Covington and his classmate, point guard Rodney Glasgow. The Keydets enter the season after being picked second in the Big South's North Division, trailing only Campbell.

KEYDETS ADD FOUR NEW FACES FOR 2012-13 SEASON: VMI Basketball added three new recruits this past spring - bringing the total number of new faces who will suit up for the Keydets in the 2012-13 season to four.

Joining the Keydets next season will be 6-3 guard Gavin Stephenson (Columbia, Md./Atholton H.S.), 6-4 forward Phillip Anglade (Huntersville, N.C./Davidson Day School) and 6-3 wing Tim Marshall (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown H.S.). The trio will join 6-3 guard Dorian Albritton (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day School), who signed with VMI last November during the early signing period.

Stephenson (6-3, 185) was selected the team Atholton MVP and averaged 23.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this past season while also averaging 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He was named first team All-County and All-Met Washington Post Honorable Mention.

Anglade (6-4, 210), who was a teammate of prior Keydet signee Albritton, was a key part of Davidson Day's 31-4 run this past year which led them to the NCISAA 2A Boys Basketball title game and also received the most outstanding player award after averaging 13 points and 11.9 rebounds. He pulled down a total of 315 rebounds over a two-year period and was named NCISAA All-State for 2012. Anglade was also named MVP of the 2011 Augusta Christian Tournament and 2011 S.P.A.A. Tournament, and received All-Tournament honors for the Prep All-Stars Holiday Classic and Charlotte Sports Commission Hardwood Classic. As a junior, Anglade averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Marshall, a 6-3, 195 wing, averaged 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds along with 1.2 steals during his Landstown senior season of 2011-12. He was named first team All-Beach District and All-Tidewater Honorable Mention. He tallied 57 three-point goals for a team that finished 24-3 and won the Beach District.

During his junior year, Albritton averaged 8.8 points per game on a team that featured balanced scoring and he also contributed 4.4 rebounds while earning All-Conference honors.

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