Bulldogs, Cougars Square Off on Thursday Evening
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team returns to action on Thursday evening when the team heads to TD Arena for its final game against College of Charleston as a Southern Conference foe. The Bulldogs and Cougars will meet for the 90th time on the hardwood at 7:00 p.m.
The Citadel (4-13, 1-6 SoCon) is looking to maintain its momentum following a 70-55 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday. The Bulldogs are also looking to avenge a 73-69 setback suffered at the hands of the Cougars at McAlister Field House on Jan. 14.
Since their victory over The Citadel, College of Charleston (12-7, 4-3) has suffered setbacks at Georgia Southern (51-47) and Davidson (77-68). However, the Cougars are 6-5 at home on the season.
The Cougars hold a 50-39 edge in the all-time series, winning each of the last five contests dating back to an 87-66 victory on Jan. 15, 2011.
Thursday's meeting marks the seventh shortest time between games in one season and quickest since World War II.
In the last outing between the two, Andrew Lawrence scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left on the clock, as crosstown rival CofC completed its 73-69 victory over The Citadel.
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 series.
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.
Fans can follow all The Citadel action with play-by-play announcer Danny Reed on ESPN 1450.