Citadel Completes Road Swing at Samford on Saturday Night
Birmingham, Ala. — The Citadel basketball team is looking to rebound from a Thursday night loss at Chattanooga on Saturday evening when the team heads to Samford for an 8 p.m. contest at the Pete Hanna Center.
The Bulldogs (6-16, 3-9 SoCon) are looking to exact revenge on a Samford squad that emerged with a 69-65 victory at McAlister Field House on Jan. 12. A victory would give The Citadel its eighth in the all-time series and the fourth in Birmingham since Samford joined the Southern Conference.
Samford has lost its last four dating back to a 66-64 defeat at UNC Greensboro on Jan. 24. The Bulldogs (7-16, 5-5) have dropped to third place in the North Division, trailing Elon and Appalachian State, following their recent skid.
For the third time this season, Citadel fans will have the opportunity to see the Bulldogs on ESPN3 as former play-by-play announcer Darren Goldwater and color analyst Dean Keener provide all the action.
Samford snapped The Citadel's five-game winning streak in the rivalry on Jan. 12 as Clide Geffrard Jr., netted a game-high 22 points, including 12 in the second half, to lead the Bulldogs past The Citadel, 69-65. Geffrard was joined in double figures by teammates Raijon Kelly and Tim Williams, who scored 15 points each.
Samford capped off its first ever win at The Citadel by virtue of hitting 23-of-47 (48.9%) from the floor and 6-of-13 (46.2%) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs edged the Cadets, 24-22, in the paint and behind Williams' six rebounds finished with 29 total rebounds (eight offensive). Another key for Samford's success came from the free throw line, where the visitors hit 17-of-22 (77.3%).
Freshman Matt Van Scyoc topped all Citadel scorers for the second straight contest, finishing with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Four of Van Scyoc's six field goals came from 3-point range. The freshman also made his presence felt by hauling in five rebounds, dishing out three assists and finishing with two blocks.
Marshall Harris III capped off his fifth double figure outing of the year by hitting 4-11 from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, all in the second half to finish with 12 points. Harris was also responsible for seven of The Citadel's 18 assists. The duo of P.J. Horgan (11 points) and Ashton Moore (6) led the way for Citadel reserves. Horgan hit all four of his field goal attempts while Moore provided a pair of long range 3-pointers.
Fans can follow all The Citadel action with play-by-play announcer Danny Reed on Fox Sports Radio 1450.