Citadel Treks to Davidson for Meeting with Wildcats
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel basketball team returns to action on Thursday evening when it heads to Davidson for the first of three straight road games. The meeting with the Southern Conference South Division leading Wildcats begins at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats (9-7 overall, 4-1 SoCon) have won the last two meetings in the series and are looking to rebound from a recent 70-57 setback at Georgia Southern on Monday evening.
The Citadel (3-12, 0-5) is seeking its ninth win at Davidson since the two teams first met in 1926. A victory would snap an 11-game losing streak for the Bulldogs.
IN THE ZONE: Over the last three games freshman Matt Van Scyoc has regained his shooting form from earlier in the season. Over that span, Van Scyoc is averaging 18.7 points per game, an improvement of 7.4 ppg. on his season average, after finishing in double figures against the likes of Chattanooga, Samford and College of Charleston.
In the past three games, Van Scyoc leads The Citadel in eight statistical categories, including minutes played (111), average minutes played (37.0), field goals made (18), 3-pointers made (11), free throws made (9), blocks (6), points (56) and average points per game (18.7) in the three-game stretch.
The hot shooting streak began last week against Chattanooga and Samford when Van Scyoc became the first freshman to post game-highs in points for the Bulldogs since Cameron Wells accomplished the feat in 2008-09. Van Scyoc netted 20 points against Chattanooga on Thursday, hitting 6-of-14 from the floor, and followed that performance with a 19-point effort against Samford on Saturday.
On Monday against the Cougars, Van Scyoc again reached double figures (17 points) after connecting on 6-of-9 field goals, including a pair of treys, and 3-of-4 free throws.
LONG TIME RIVALS: Thursday's meeting with Davidson marks the 139th all-time meeting between the two programs, the second-most in Citadel history. The Bulldogs have faced only Furman (189 games) in more contests since the induction of the program in 1900-01.
|Opponent||Head-to-Head Meetings||First Meeting|
|Furman||197||1920 (Date Unknown)|
|Davidson||138||Feb. 27, 1926|
|Wofford||91||Feb. 10, 1921|
|College of Charleston||89||1901 (Date Unknown)|
|Appalachian State||75||Dec. 14, 1968|
STATISTICAL STREAKS AND TRENDS
• Matt Van Scyoc has recorded at least two blocks in each of the last three games for The Citadel. He began the streak with a two-block performance against Chattanooga on Jan. 10 and followed with a pair of blocks against Samford on Jan. 12. On Monday, in a solid defensive effort against College of Charleston, Van Scyoc swatted three Cougar shot attempts and tied Mike Groselle for game-high honors.
• Since the Bulldogs first game of the new year, against Clemson, Marshall Harris III has dished out at least three assists in each contests. Harris started off the year with four against the Tigers and before handing out three (Western Carolina) and five (Chattanooga). In the last two contests, against Samford and College of Charleston, Harris was responsible for seven assists apiece.
• In The Citadel's last four games, reserve point guard Janeil Jenkins has logged 37 minutes and in that time has handed out eight assists, while committing just two turnovers, creating an assist-turnover ratio of four in that span.
• The inside duo of Stephen Elmore and Mike Groselle have combined for 76 rebounds since The Citadel faced Georgia Tech (Dec. 22). Against the Yellow Jackets Elmore grabbed 10 boards, the second most for him this season, and has since followed with two six rebound games against Chattanooga and College of Charleston. Meanwhile, Groselle has posted 40 rebounds since grabbing seven at Georgia Tech. His high mark during this span came against Samford when he snagged 11.
LAST OUTING WITH THE WILDCATS (Feb. 9, 2012): Citadel center Mike Groselle finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but it was visiting Davidson that emerged with a 77-66 Southern Conference victory at McAlister Field House.
The double-double marked the 20th of Groselle's career, giving him sole possession of second place in Bulldog history, trailing only Regan Truesdale. At the same time Groselle tied Patrick Elmore's 22-year mark for most double-doubles in a single season with 12.
The Citadel finished 25-of-64 (39.1%) from the floor in the contest, keyed by a 16-of-36 (44.4%) performance in the second half. The Bulldogs were led by the tandem of Groselle and Bo Holston, who each finished 5-of-8 from the floor. Holston was just four points off Groselle's team-high in points.
Teammate Ashton Moore provided a solid threat off the bench, scoring nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, including a 3-pointer.
Groselle posted a game-high 10 rebounds, pulling in three on the offensive glass, while Jordan Robertson added seven boards (four offensive). The contributions of Groselle, Robertson (six points) and P.J. Horgan (four) equated to a 40-24 edge in points in the paint. Groselle also came through with a career-high six steals. Davidson was led offensively by the trio of De'Mon Brooks (24 points), JP Kuhlman (16) and Chris Czerapowicz (14). The Wildcats finished 24-of-52 (46.2%) from the floor, draining 9-of-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc.
Brooks reached the double-digit mark by hitting 8-of-9 from the field and converting 8-of-13 attempts from the free throw line. Czerapowicz led the way for the Wildcats from 3-point range, hitting 3-of-7, while Brooks and Kuhlman were both a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
Brooks' team-high nine rebounds anchored an inside game that finished with 44 total rebounds, including 16 on the offensive glass.
BREAKING DOWN DAVIDSON (9-7 Overall / 4-1 SoCon)
GEORGIA SOUTHERN'S HOT SHOOTING HANDS DAVIDSON FIRST SoCON LOSS OF SEASON: Georgia Southern shot 53.1 percent and ended an 11-game losing streak to Davidson with a 70-57 victory over the Wildcats in Southern Conference men's basketball action Monday evening at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Chris Czerapowicz led Davidson (9-7, 4-1 SoCon) with 13 points and added six rebounds, hitting 3-of-7 3-point attempts. He was joined in double-figures by Tyler Kalinoski with 11 points and Jake Cohen with 10.
Georgia Southern's defense held the Wildcats to 36.4 percent shooting from the field, limiting the 'Cats to just 9-of-30 (30.0 percent) in the second half.
The Eagles could not have gotten off to a better start as they opened 10-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from long range to take a 25-13 lead. Davidson closed the first half on a small spurt highlighted by 3-pointers from Kalinoski and Clint Mann to cut the deficit to 35-31 at the break.
C.J. Reed led Georgia Southern (7-10, 1-3 SoCon) with 16 points, going 7-for-15 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Eric Ferguson scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, connecting on both 3-point attempts, while Marvin Baynham added 12 points.
After Davidson made it a one-possession contest on several occasions early in the second half, Georgia Southern responded with a 19-9 run to push its lead back to double digits, 59-46, with just under five minutes to play.
In addition to the Eagles holding a 34-30 advantage on the glass, both teams combined for just 10 turnovers.