November 23, 2012

Bulldogs Complete Homestand Saturday Afternoon Against Radford

GAME NOTES

CHARLESTON, S.C. –
On Saturday afternoon, The Citadel basketball team wraps up their longest November homestand since the 2003-04 season when the Bulldogs host Radford at 2:05.

A victory in the first-ever meeting between the two schools would give The Citadel a 4-1 start, marking its highest winning percentage (.800) in November in program history.

REACHING THE HALF CENTURY 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 five consecutive games.

The streak dates back to the 2012 Southern Conference Tournament when the Bulldogs hit 22-of-42 (52.4%) from the floor against Western Carolina. It has since carried over into the first four games of the 2012-13 season, when The Citadel hit 27-54 (50%) in a win over VMI and followed with 25-44 (56.8%) against Air Force in the All-Military Classic.

In a pair of contests last week, the Bulldogs finished 23-44 (52.3%) against Montreat and three days later knocked down 35-67 (52.2%) from the floor in a 42-point victory over Union.

Prior to the current five-game stretch of hitting better than 50 percent from the field, the longest streak under Driesell was two, which came against VMI (34-65, 52.3%) and Army (27-53, 50.9%) to open the 2011-12 campaign.

DISHING OUT THE ASSISTS: Among the glowing statistics from the Bulldogs' victory over Union was the fact that The Citadel handed out 31 assists on 35 made field goals. The backcourt combination of Marshall Harris III and Lawrence Miller, who finished with nine and seven assists, respectively, were among the individual leaders.

This created a four-way logjam for the second-most assists by a Citadel team since the 1989-90 season. However, by limiting themselves to 10 turnovers, the 2012-13 squad holds the distinction of having the second highest assists-to-turnover ratio of any team with 31 or more assists.

Date Opponent Total Assists-Turnovers A/T Ratio
Dec. 5, 2005 Atlanta Christian 31 A-8 TO 3.9
Nov. 17, 2012 Union 31 A-10 TO 3.1
Nov. 28, 2005 Florida Christian 31 A-14 TO 2.2
Feb. 19, 1990 Marshall 31 A-18 TO 1.7
Jan. 18, 1992 Furman 35 A-22 TO 1.6

CITADEL IN TOP 100 OF SEVEN NCAA CATEGORIES: According to ESPN.com The Citadel ranks in the top 100 of seven statistical categories, as of Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Bulldogs highest ranking is a 14th place tie, alongside UC-Irvine, in assists per game (19.8).

The Citadel also holds a 15th place ranking in field goal percentage (52.6), just .001 percentage point behind defending national champion Kentucky.

NCAA Ranking Category Statistic
t14 Assists Per Game Avg. 19.8
15 Field Goal Pct. 52.6%
t33 Free Throw Pct. 76.3%
t57 Steals Per Game Avg. 9.5
65 Total Points 308
82 Points Per Game 77.0
83 Three-Point Field Goal Pct. 38.5%

HOSTING A BLOCK PARTY: Last Wednesday night against Montreat, redshirt freshman Michael Hundley's three-block performance snapped a 73-game streak in which a Citadel had not had three blocks in a single contest.

Before Hundley, the last person to accomplish the feat was Cameron Wells, who turned back four shots by Samford on Feb. 4, 2010.

Hundley continued to add to his block total on Saturday when he became the first player since Warren McLendon to post three-or-more blocks in consecutive contests.

Hundley blocked three shots against Union, snapping a 230-game streak in which a Bulldog did not record at least three blocks in consecutive games. McLendon reached the milestone when he finished with three blocks against Davidson (Jan. 29, 2005) and four blocks against Wofford (Jan. 31, 2009).

BREAKING DOWN RADFORD (3-3 Overall)

RADFORD DOWNS BREVARD, 81-53: Radford scored the first 17 points of the game, and all 14 players on the roster saw plenty of minutes Wednesday as the Highlanders defeated Brevard, 81-53, in a pre-Thanksgiving matinee at the Dedmon Center.

The Highlanders made six of their first nine shots, including two three-point baskets by sophomore R.J. Price, who finished with a career-high six treys en route to a game-high 20 points. Price finished 7-12 from the field and 6-10 from deep in just 18 minutes of play. He also had three steals and a pair of assists.

Javonte Green added 13 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Two of those steals led to break-away dunks to begin the second half after RU had taken a 43-25 advantage into the intermission. Green's most impressive stat of the day was his 3-3 performance at the free throw line. The sophomore entered the game hitting just 51 percent from the charity stripe.

Another sophomore, Jalen Carethers, set career highs with 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds earning post-game praise from his head coach. He finished 6-6 from the field and four of his rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Freshman Taj Owens scored a career-high eight points with three assists.

RU's pressure defense led to 25 Brevard turnovers and a 33-8 advantage in points off those miscues and a 21-4 edge in fast break points. Radford turned the ball over just eight times on the afternoon. The Highlanders also grabbed 20 offensive rebounds that led to a 21-9 advantage in second chance points. RU outrebounded the visitors 42-27 overall.

Brevard was led by Dominique Pickett's 18 points. Miles Leathers finished with 16, and Manzey Miller had 11 for the Tornados.

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