Groselle Records Team-High 19 Points in Hard Fought 73-69 Loss to Cougars
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Andrew Lawrence scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left on the clock, as crosstown rival College of Charleston completed its 73-69 victory over The Citadel at McAlister Field House.
Lawrence, who finished 5-of-14 from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers, hit a spinning one-hander in the lane to provide the Cougars with a 71-69 lead with 28 seconds remaining. The Citadel was unable to answer on the ensuing possession and following a pair of Lawrence free throws at the 12 second mark, CofC won its fifth straight contest in the all-time series.
Also topping double-digit points for College of Charleston (12-5, 4-1 SoCon) was the combination of Adjehi Baru (16 points), Anthony Stitt (14) and Anthony Thomas (10). Baru completed his third consecutive double-double with a 12-rebound effort that included five on the offensive glass.
The Cougars finished 25-of-61 (41%) from the floor, draining nine shots from beyond the arc, but the key down the stretch proved to CofC's 14-of-18 (77.8%) performance from the free throw line. College of Charleston also finished with a six point edge (12-6) on second chance points.
Mike Groselle took home high honors for The Citadel with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. The senior center also snagged nine rebounds (three offensive) and finished with three blocks. Matt Van Scyoc capped off a 17-point performance by knocking down 6-of-9 field goals, including two from long range, while adding a season-high three blocks.
Ashton Moore led the way for all Citadel reserves with 10 points, hitting a critical 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to knot the game at 69-69. The Bulldogs converted 28-of-53 (52.8%) from the field and topped the 50 percent mark for the first time in four games. Moore, Van Scyoc and teammate Marshall Harris III finished with two 3-pointers apiece as The Citadel hit 42.9% from beyond the arc. Harris dished out a game-high seven assists as the Cadets have now posted at least 18 assists in their last three contests.
The Bulldogs (3-12, 0-5 SoCon) three point lead at the intermission quickly evaporated, following a trey by Thomas who knotted the game at 34-34 just 15 seconds into the frame.
At the 16:43 mark Moore provided The Citadel a slim lead when he found Groselle in the post for a layup and a 41-38 advantage.
With the lead fluctuating between one and three points, following scores by Horgan and Van Scyoc, Baru brought the game to its fifth tie, 45-45, following an old-fashioned three point play.
Behind the scoring tandem of Van Scyoc and Groselle the Bulldogs outscored CofC 12-5 over the next four minutes to assume a 57-50 advantage.
The Cougars responded with an 8-0 run, highlighted by two Stitt 3-pointers, to take their second lead of the half, 58-57, with just over eight minutes remaining.
College of Charleston continued to find its offensive rhythm by outscoring the Cadets 8-3 over a span of 4:02 to assume a 66-60 lead following a Thomas free throw.
Groselle singlehandedly kept The Citadel in the contest with the next six straight points as the Bulldogs trailed 69-66 with 1:35 remaining.
After a defensive stop, Moore drained his second 3-pointer of the half to send the game its seventh tie, 66-66, only to see Lawrence answer with the next four straight points and complete CofC's 73-69 win.
Van Scyoc gave a solid effort on both ends of the court in the opening frame, scoring five points to go along with three blocked shots, two rebounds and a pair of assists. However, it was freshman counterpart Janeil Jenkins that stole the show by scoring eight points, all in reserve, on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor. He also knocked down a pair of free throws to lead the way for a Citadel unit that finished 14-of-24 (58.3%) from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
The Bulldog front court tandem of Groselle (six points, six rebounds) and Horgan (six points, three rebounds) helped provide a slim 14-12 edge in points in the paint and 16 Citadel rebounds.
College of Charleston was anchored by Lawrence's 12-point effort, as the senior connected on 3-of-7 field goals and converted all four trips to the free throw line. He was joined offensively by Baru, whose 4-of-6 shooting led to nine points. Baru also climbed the glass for seven rebounds, including three on the offensive end.
The Citadel's defense held College of Charleston to 10-of-29 (34.5%) shooting from the field, allowing just three treys. However, College of Charleston finished with a slight edge in second chance points, netting four.
The Cougars opened the game on an 11-3 run over the first 4:09, keyed by five Lawrence points.
Harris followed with a 3-pointer and helped the Bulldogs gain momentum as The Citadel scored 10 of the next 17 points to make for an 18-16 affair.
Trailing by five, 21-16, Horgan made his presence felt offensively for the Dogs when he connected on a series of jumpers, drawing the margin to within one.
Continuing to apply pressure defensively, a missed CofC jumper and subsequent 3-pointer by Harris provided The Citadel with its first lead of the game, 23-21, with 7:28 remaining.
That lead remained intact as jumpers in the paint by Horgan and Groselle combined with a 3-pointer by Van Scyoc made for a 30-25 lead with just under three minutes left.
It was there that Jenkins did the work for The Citadel offense as he hit a series of acrobatic layups to provide a 34-31 lead at the half.
The Citadel returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 17 when the team heads to Davidson for a clash with the South Division leading Wildcats. Two nights later the Bulldogs play at Georgia Southern.