Bulldogs and Bonnies Prepare for Inaugural Meeting
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — For the fourth time in program history The Citadel basketball team will play a game in the state of New York when the team squares off against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
The Citadel (3-5, 0-1 SoCon) is looking to snap a three-game road losing streak and at the same time end a four-game overall losing skid, in its first meeting with the Bonnies.
LAST OF THE FIRST TIMERS: The game with St. Bonaventure marks the fifth first-time opponent on The Citadel's 2012-13 schedule, following meetings with Montreat, Union (Ky.), Radford and Gardner-Webb.
The Bulldogs are 2-2 so far this season in games against first time opponents with wins over Montreat (62-45) and Union (92-50). The two losses came to Radford (74-61) and most recently Gardner-Webb, where the Cadets fell 71-58.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: The Citadel basketball team has played only six NCAA Division I schools from the state of New York in its 102-year history, including Army, Canisius, Colgate, Columbia, Hofstra and Long Island.
Among those six schools, Army is the only team that the Bulldogs have played within the state lines of New York. The Citadel is a perfect 3-0 in the Empire State, earning victories over the Black Knights in 1986 (69-65), 2004 (69-62) and 2005 (70-68, OT).
|All-Time Record vs.||Most Recent Score|
|Army||6-2||Nov. 12, 2011 (W, 83-72)|
|Canisius||1-0||Dec. 20, 1977 (W, 79-72)|
|Colgate||1-0||Dec. 29, 2000 (W, 86-55)|
|Columbia||2-1||Nov. 28, 1987 (W, 70-56)|
|Hofstra||0-1||Jan. 29, 1968 (L, 80-77)|
|Long Island||0-1||Dec. 22, 1969 (L, 69-61)|
UNIQUE DISTINCTIONS: Following an 18-point outing at Charleston Southern earlier in December, which included the 1,000th point of his career, center Mike Groselle placed himself on two elite lists in Citadel history.
On one prestigious list Groselle joined former teammates Cameron Wells, Zach Urbanus and Austin Dahn as the fourth set of at least four teammates to score 1,000 points in program history. The others include Gary Daniels-Art Musselman-Dick Wherry-Dick Jones (1960); Travis Cantrell-Michael Joseph-Alan Puckett-Cliff Washburn (2000-02); Austin Dahn-Zach Urbanus-Cameron Wells-Demetrius Nelson (2007-09). Note that the years in parentheses indicate the season(s) that they were teammates.
The Plano, Texas, native also became the 12th player in Bulldog history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, joining Nelson and Wells as Cadets in the last three years to reach the milestone.
SEVENTH TIME IS THE CHARM: When The Citadel and St. Bonaventure tip-off on Wednesday night it will mark the second time in head coach Chuck Driesell's tenure the Bulldogs have faced a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Driesell's only previous meeting against an Atlantic 10 program came in his Citadel debut, when the Dogs fell to Richmond, 79-37.
The meeting also marks the seventh team that The Citadel has played from the current Atlantic 10, along with Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth.
Two of these members, George Washington and Richmond, were formerly in the Southern Conference. George Washington spend 29 years as members of the SoCon, from 1941-1970, and the Colonials finished with a 17-8 all-time record against the Cadets. The two teams have only met one time, Jan. 4, 1973, since their departure.
Richmond joined the SoCon in 1936 and departed in 1976, facing The Citadel 48 times during that span. The Spiders hold 29-20 edge in the all-time series. Aside from the Nov. 12, 2010 meeting, Richmond has not met the Cadets since Feb. 28, 1976.
|All-Time Series||Most Recent Score|
|Dayton||0-2||Dec. 9, 1989 (L, 97-76)|
|Duquesne||0-2||Dec. 20, 2005 (L, 90-61)|
|George Washington||8-17||Jan. 4, 1973 (L, 88-80)|
|Rhode Island||0-1||Nov. 27, 1987 (L, 113-85)|
|Richmond||20-29||Nov. 12, 2010 (L, 79-37)|
|St. Bonaventure||0-0||No Previous|
|Saint Joseph's||0-0||No Previous|
|St. Louis||0-0||No Previous|
|VCU||0-1||Nov. 16, 2008 (L, 82-59)|
BREAKING DOWN ST. BONAVENTURE (6-3 Overall)
BONNIES SCORE SEASON-HIGH IN 87-63 WIN OVER CLEVELAND STATE: St. Bonaventure scored a season-high 87 points, shot a season-best 54 percent from the floor and led by double figures for nearly 30 minutes Saturday afternoon in a blowout victory over visiting Cleveland State, 87-53, at the Reilly Center.
Senior Demitrius Conger recorded his second double-double of the season with a team-leading 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace a well-balanced SBU offensive attack. Eleven of the 12 Bona players who logged game action scored, and the 34-point win came with leading scorer Chris Johnson tallying a season-low two points.
Junior Charlon Kloof netted a season-high 14 points, sophomore center Youssou Ndoye tallieda career-establishing 13 points and senior Eric Mosley pitched in with 10 to complete a quartet of SBU double-figure scorers for the fifth time this year.
The 34-point margin of victory is the most since Bonaventure defeated Fordham by 44 points last season, 95-51. It's also tied for the largest margin of victory in series history as SBU defeated CSU, 114-80, on Jan. 21, 1976. The Bonnies led by as much as 40, 77-37, with 6:14 left in the game, and remained perfect at home this year (4-0).
Redshirt senior Michael Davenport had a breakout game for the Bonnies as he set season highs in points with nine and rebounds with three. To go along with his career-high point total, 7-footer Ndoye also snatched a career-best three steals, made a career-most seven free throws (7-8) and tied a season high by corralling seven rebounds.
Freshman Dion Wright came off the bench to play 12 minutes and efficiently produced a season-best nine points, including a 3-pointer. The California native also connected on the first two free throws of his young career.
For the first time this year, everyone on the Bona roster played in a game, including freshman Jean Yves Toupane and walk-on Danny Farrell. Toupane played five minutes and scored his first collegiate points on a lay-up, while Farrell played two minutes and missed his only 3-point attempt.
Bonaventure held a 48-26 halftime lead after scoring six points in the final three seconds of the first half. Mosley connected on a jumper with 2.6 seconds left, and Marquise Simmons was fouled in the process. Simmons knocked down two free throws, and then Matthew Wright hit a jumper at the buzzer after Davenport stole the inbounds pass. The 48 first-half points are the most in an opening stanza by the Bonnies this year, and tied for the most in any half this season. SBU also shot a season-best 61.5 percent (16-26) in the first half.
Cleveland State, which was without two starters, was led at the offensive end by Bryn Forbes with 12 points, and Aaron Scales contributed 10 to finish as the lone other Viking in double figures. Marlin Mason nearly recorded a double-double, but ended up one point shy with nine points and a team-best 11 rebounds.