November 16, 2012

Citadel Hoops Hosts Union (Ky.) on Saturday

The Citadel vs. Union (KY) Game Notes

CHARLESTON, S.C. –
The Citadel basketball team looks to build on its solid start when the team hosts Union (Ky.) on Saturday at McAlister Field House at 7:05.

The Bulldogs look to earn their third victory at home during the current five-game home stretch. It would mark the best start in a five-game homestand to begin a season since 1974-75, when the team opened with a 4-1 record.

BENCH PRODUCTION: On Wednesday, Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell received yet another a double-digit performance from his bench. Three games into season the Bulldogs reserves have come through with games of 12 points (vs. VMI), 17 points (vs. Air Force) and 19 points (vs. Montreat). 

These 48 points have come from the combination of Dylen Setzekorn (17 points), Ashton Moore (14), Quinton Marshall (9), Stephen Elmore (4) and Janeil Jenkins (4). Key in Driesell's bench production has been their ability to hit from the floor (19-38, 50%) and knock down critical free throws (6-10, 60%) in place of Bulldog starters.

The Citadel bench has a streak of 18 straight contests in which it has contributed double figures, dating back to a 10-point effort against Elon on Jan. 12, 2012.

73 AND COUNTING: Prior to redshirt freshman Michael Hundley's three-block performance against Montreat, on Wednesday, it had been 73 games since The Citadel last had at least three blocks in a single game.

The last person to accomplish the feat was Cameron Wells, who turned back four shots by Samford on Feb. 4, 2010. Wells tied the season-high for blocks in a game with his performance, following teammate Harrison Dupont's four-block outing against Appalachian State, just three games earlier.

HITTING THEIR MARK: For the first time in head coach Chuck Driesell's three-year tenure at The Citadel, the Bulldogs have shot better than 50 percent from the floor in four consecutive games.

The streak dates back to the 2012 Southern Conference Tournament, where the Bulldogs hit 22-of-42 (52.4%) from the floor against Western Carolina. It carried over into the first three games of the 2012-13 season, where The Citadel hit 27-54 (50%) in a win over VMI, 25-44 (56.8%) against Air Force and most recently with a 23-44 outing against Montreat.

VAN SCYOC IS CATALYST IN BULLDOGS 62-45 WIN OVER MONTREAT: 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.

BREAKING DOWN UNION (4-2 Overall)

UNION FALLS SHORT TO IU EAST IN HIGH SCORING AFFAIR: IU-East's Marcus Issac scored a game-high 26 points, as the host Red Wolves pulled away from the Union College men's basketball team, 107-100, in NAIA action on Tuesday night.

With the loss, UC fell to 4-2 on the year, while IU-East, ranked 22nd in the NAIA Division II Coaches Poll, moved to 3-1 with the victory.

Overall, UC was led once again by Gonzalez, who had 24 points. Gonzalez also snatched eight rebounds, had four assists, three blocks, and a steal.

Other double digit scorers for the Bulldogs included Archie Adams, who scored 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor, Matthew Thomas, who had 15 points, and Josh Smith, who scored 14. Adams also pulled down eight 'boards, while Thomas led the team dishing out five assists.

Issac led IU-East in the win, recording a double-double with 26 points and 11 'boards. In all, IU-East had six players score in double-figures in the home victory.

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