Bulldogs Continue Homestand Against Montreat on Wednesday
The Citadel-Montreat Game Notes
CHARLESTON, S.C. –The Citadel basketball team continues its five-game home stretch with a first-time meeting against Montreat on Wednesday evening at 7:05, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
The Bulldogs are seeking their second win of the season following a split at the 2012 Army ROTC All-Military Classic, which included a win over longtime rival VMI.
NOTE A TIME CHANGE: The Citadel has set its starting time for the Radford game, to be held on Nov. 24, to 2:05 p.m.
BAKERS DOZEN: Including the 2012-13 season, The Citadel basketball team has opened its schedule with five or more games at McAlister Field House on 13 separate occasions in program history.
The first time that The Citadel opened with five or more games came in 1926-27 season, when the team opened 5-1 following victories over the Parris Island Marines, Newberry, College of Charleston, Presbyterian and Oglethorpe.
Since that time, The Citadel has won four or more games at home to open a season on five occasions. Those seasons include 1928-29, 1935-36, 1937-38, 1957-58 and 1974-75.
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GROSELLE RECOGNIZED FOR SOLID ALL-MILITARY CLASSIC: The Citadel's 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 Charleston, S.C.
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. It was Groselle's 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.
BENCH PRODUCTION: Head Coach Chuck Driesell continues to receive solid production from his reserves following 12-point (vs. VMI) and 17-point (vs. Air Force) outings during the Army ROTC All-Military Classic.
These 29 points came from the combination of Dylen Setzekorn (10 points), Ashton Moore (9), Quinton Marshall (6), Stephen Elmore (2) and Janeil Jenkins (2). Key in Driesell's bench production has been their ability to hit from the floor (12-24, 50%) and knock down critical free throws (3-6, 50%) in place of Bulldog starters.
The Citadel bench has a streak of 17 straight contests in which it has contributed double figures, dating back to a 10-point effort against Elon on Jan. 12, 2012.
GROSELLE SETS NEW CITADEL STANDARD FOR DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Following his 21-point, 15-rebound outing against VMI on Saturday, senior Mike Groselle established the new standard for Citadel double-doubles.
Groselle broke a tie with Citadel Hall of Famer Regan Truesdale, who finished with 22 career double-doubles from 1981-85. Groselle and Truesdale have had more than one double-double against seven different opponents. Groselle achieved the feat against College of Charleston (3), Clemson (2), Elon (2), Furman (2), Georgia Southern (2), VMI (2) and Western Carolina (2). Truesdale reached the mark with multiple double-doubles against East Tennessee State (3), Chattanooga (2), College of Charleston (2), Furman (2), North Carolina (2), Marshall (2) and South Carolina (2).
Groselle made a significant climb on the all-time double-doubles list last season, when he posted 14. That established a new single-season school record, surpassing the previous mark of 13 which was set by Patrick Elmore in 1989-90.
BREAKING DOWN MONTREAT (1-2 Overall)
APPALACHIAN STATE DOWNS MONTREAT 86-54 IN MOUNTAINEERS SEASON OPENER: Appalachian State University men's basketball jumped out to a 23-point lead less than nine minutes into the game and cruised to an 86-54 season-opening win over Montreat on Friday night at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian (1-0) outscored Montreat (1-2), 26-3, over a 4:55 span early in the ballgame to take a commanding 28-5 lead with 11:21 still to go in the first half. The Mountaineers expanded the advantage to as many as 28 points in the opening period and led by as much as 40 in the second half.
After struggling to pull ahead of Carson-Newman in an exhibition on Monday night, the Mountaineers left no doubt as to who was the superior team on Friday. App State took the early lead thanks to a barrage of three pointers from sophomore Tab Hamilton, who knocked down all six of his in the first half.
The Mountaineers limited Montreat to just 37.0 percent (10-for-27) from the floor through the first 20 minutes while converting 42.1 percent (16-of-38) of their own shots in the first half, including 7-of-15 from long range.
In the second half, Appalachian saw its lead cut to 21 points (48-27) in the opening minutes, but found its footing again and eventually pushed the lead to 40 points (82-42) with less than four minutes to play.
Hamilton led the way with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range while freshman Frank Eaves came off the bench to score 16 in his collegiate debut. Senior Nathan Healy made 5-of-6 shots from the field to round out three Mountaineers in double-figures with 12 points.
Sophomore transfer Jay Canty led all players with 12 rebounds and freshman point guard Chris Burgess dished out a game-high six assists to help pace Appalachian State's fourth-straight season-opening victory.
As a team, Appalachian shot 43.7 percent (31-for-71) from the floor and converted 15-of-19 free throws while holding Montreat to just 38.2 percent (21-for-55) shooting on the night. The Apps grabbed 48 rebounds, 20 on the offensive end, to the Cavaliers' 31.
The Mountaineers forced 26 turnovers and notched 18 steals, including a game-high five from junior Tevin Baskin, while committing 18 turnovers of its own.
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