Citadel Basketball Begins A Stretch of Three Games in Five Days
CHARLESTON, S.C. — On Thursday evening, The Citadel basketball team begins a three-game, five-day stretch of contests at McAlister Field House when it hosts Southern Conference foe Chattanooga. Tip-off time is set for 7:05.
The Citadel (3-9, 0-2 SoCon) and Chattanooga (6-9, 1-1 SoCon) meet for the 71st time. The Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings against the Mocs over the last three years, including a 48-46 thriller at McKenzie Arena last season. However, Chattanooga holds a 54-16 edge in the all-time series.
LEADING OFF WITH A THREE: On Saturday against Western Carolina, Citadel freshman Raemond Robinson became the fifth Bulldog in the last two years to convert a 3-pointer as his first career field goal.
Robinson, who nailed his first collegiate shot following a pass from Mike Groselle at the 13:16 mark of the first half against the Catamounts, joined the likes of Dylen Setzekorn, Marshall Harris III, Lawrence Miller and Ashton Moore, who also knocked down 3-pointers as their first career field goals.
Setzekorn's first field goal of his career came earlier this season in the 84-76 victory over VMI after Harris found him for a 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the first half against the Keydets.
The trio of Harris, Miller and Moore achieved the feat in the 2011 season opener against VMI. In similar fashion to Robinson, who eventually knocked down two 3-pointers against the Catamounts, Miller came off the bench to hit his first career field goal in a Bulldog uniform. Miller began his Bulldog career with a triple at the 8:52 mark of the first half and followed with a pair of 3-pointers just over two minutes later.
Teammates Moore and Harris did not hit their first career field goals until the second half of the contest against VMI. Harris' trey came at the 12:16 point of the half, when he trimmed the VMI lead to nine, 72-63, and Moore found the net just under a minute later following an assist from Harris.
FULFILLING THEIR ROLES: Since The Citadel's Dec. 15 meeting with Gardner-Webb, the reserve combination of Dylen Setzekorn and Quinton Marshall has combined to hit 22-of-50 (44%) from the field, including 4-of-11 (36.3%) from 3-point range, and grab 25 total rebounds for head coach Chuck Driesell.
Setzekorn tops all Bulldog reserves in 12 categories over the last five contests, including field goals made (11), field goal percentage (45.8%), 3-pointers made (3), 3-point field goal percentage (50%), free throws made (7), field goal percentage (87.5%), offensive rebounds (7), defensive rebounds (9), total rebounds (16) and points (32).
The Gainesville, Ga., native has eclipsed the double-digit plateau on two occasions in his last five outings, including a season-high 16 points against Gardner-Webb. In that game Setzekorn finished 4-of-8 (50%) from the field, converted all six free throw attempts and snagged six rebounds.
Meanwhile, Marshall has also been a solid contributor off the bench for The Citadel, hitting 11-of-26 (42.3%) from the field. He has hit at least two field goals in every game since Dec. 15, including a 3-of-6 performance in 27 minutes against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Marshall has provided another solid frontcourt threat for the Cadets with six offensive rebounds and three blocked shots on the defensive end. His 26 points rank just behind Setzekorn in points off the bench.
HORGAN RETURNS WITH A VENGENACE: Citadel sophomore P.J. Horgan, who was initially going to redshirt the 2012-13 season, made his presence known last Saturday in his first collegiate action since a meeting with Chattanooga on Feb. 18, 2012.
In 23 minutes on the court, the second-most of his career, Horgan notched career highs in field goals (four), rebounds (eight) and offensive rebounds (four).
BREAKING DOWN CHATTANOOGA (6-9 Overall/ 1-1 SoCon)
MOCS EARN 74-70 VICTORY AT SAMFORD: The Chattanooga Mocs (6-9/1-1) earned a hard-fought Southern Conference 74-70 road win at Samford (3-12/1-1) Saturday night. The trio of Gee McGhee, Z. Mason and Farad Cobb combined for 50 points to pace the Chattanooga triumph.
McGhee and Mason had 17 apiece, while Cobb added 16. Raijon Kelly led Samford with a game-high 27 points.
UTC led by eight, 69-61, on a McGhee layup with 4:48 left. From there, it withstood a strong Samford surge. Kelly scored five straight to close the lead to three, 69-66, with 3:43 left.
Cobb made the second of two free throws to make it a two possession game again, 70-66, at 3:17. Tim Williams and Kelly sandwiched a Mason score to cut it a two-point contest twice, the latter making in 72-70 Chattanooga's way.
Ronrico White's three-pointer with 59 seconds remaining was off the mark, but McGhee was on the spot with the offensive board and another 35 seconds of clock. His runner in the lane just rolled out and the rebound went out of bounds to Samford with less than 25 seconds to go.
UTC got its stop as Clide Geffrard, Jr.'s three rimmed out. Cobb stepped out of bounds grabbing the rebound to give the Bulldogs the ball with 7.3 to play. Kelly's three-pointer was off and the long rebound came out to White streaking into the frontcourt. His two free throws with 0.5 left provided the 74-70 final margin.
White had a season-high six assists for the Mocs. Martynas Bareika (Kedainiai, Lithuania) had a great night off the bench with nine points to go with career highs of eight rebounds and four assists. Williams chipped in 18 points and six rebounds for Samford.
Chattanooga dominated the boards with a 30-17 advantage. It allowed Samford a mere two offensive rebounds.
UTC shot a season-best 57.8 percent from the field making 26 of 45 shots. That included nine of 17 from three-point range, 52.9 percent, which is also a season-high shooting percentage. The touch trifecta hit tonight as yet another season mark was set at 72.2 percent (13-18) from the free throw line.
It was needed as Samford had its stroke as well. The home team hit 50 percent (24-48) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-21) from beyond the arc.