CHARLESTON, S.C. – Citadel freshman Matt Van Scyoc scored a team-high 16 points and teammate Mike Groselle chipped in 13 as the Bulldogs earned their second victory of the season, 62-45, 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. Meanwhile, Groselle finished 6-of-8 from the floor and added four rebounds. Other offensive contributors for The Citadel (2-1) included C.J. Bray and Dylen Setzekorn, who finished with seven points, respectively.
The Citadel defense, which held Montreat to 37 percent shooting on the night, 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.
Erich Allen led the Montreat offense with a game-high 21 points, hitting 8-of-18 from the floor. He completed his double-double performance with a 10-rebound outing, which included five offensive boards. The Cavaliers converted 17-of-46 field goal attempts, managing four from 3-point range.
Montreat (1-3) finished with a slight edge on the glass, 26-25, due in large part to 12 offensive rebounds. Three players, including Allen (five), La'Bris Adams (three) and Justin Maxwell (two) grabbed multiple offensive rebounds.
The Bulldogs rattled off a 10-2 run over the first 5:55 of the second half, assuming a 42-17 lead, behind a series of Van Scyoc 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers answered with five points in the next 28 seconds, making for a 42-22 score, before a three-point play by Setzekorn ignited a 7-1 Citadel run. Setzekorn scored five points in the stretch, while Janeil Jenkins added a fast break layup.
The Citadel maintained at least a 20-point advantage over the next 9:31 of the second half, taking a 27-point lead on two occasions during that span, before a 3-pointer by Allen with just over a minute on the clock made for the 62-45 final.
The Citadel established a 30-15 lead at the half by connecting on 12-of-22 (54.5%) from the field, including three from beyond the arc.
The Dogs were led by the double-digit combination of Groselle (11 points) and Van Scyoc (10 points). Groselle dominated the inside by hitting 5-of-6 from the field, while Van Scyoc used his perimeter shooting to connect on 2-of-3 treys and 4-of-6 from the floor.
Another key from the Bulldogs was their ability to control the boards, holding a 13-10 edge on the glass, as The Citadel pulled down five offensive rebounds.
Montreat struggled with The Citadel's defense, hitting just 6-of-18 (33.3%) from the floor and hitting one 3-pointer. Allen led the way for the Cavaliers offense with six points to go along with three rebounds.
After opening the game with the first five points, including a 3-pointer by Van Scyoc, The Citadel eventually took an 11-6 lead. It was there that Van Scyoc connected on his second 3-pointer of the half, making for an eight point lead, but Montreat responded with back-to-back buckets by Allen and Turner to trim the lead to 14-10.
Responding to the challenge, the Cadets answered with a 14-3 run over the next 5:27 of the contest, behind five points each from the duo of Groselle and Van Scyoc, pushing the lead to 24-13.
Montreat broke its 5:05 scoring drought with a pair of Adams free throws with just over two minutes left in the half, before Jenkins found Bray for the final points of the half.
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