Bulldogs Head to Appalachian State for Wednesday Tilt with Mountaineers
Charleston, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team will look to snap its four-game losing streak on Wednesday night when it takes on Appalachian State at the Holmes Convocation Center at 8 p.m.
Appalachian State (12-14, 8-7 SoCon), which has won four of its last six games, is locked in a battle with Samford for second place in the Southern Conference's North Division. The Mountaineers have earned critical victories down the stretch over Western Carolina (74-65), Georgia Southern (91-86), Furman (72-66) and most recently UNCG (76-68).
Meanwhile, The Citadel is looking to halt a four-game skid against the likes of Chattanooga, Samford, Georgia Southern and Davidson. Despite trailing 51-24 in the all-time series with Appalachian State, the Bulldogs (6-19, 3-12 SoCon) have won two of their last three games in Boone, N.C. As the Cadets head down the stretch they trail Furman by a game in the loss column and stand two full games behind Wofford with three conference contests remaining.
The Bulldogs edged out Appalachian State last February when Bo Holston recorded his first career double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) to guide The Citadel to a 62-51 victory at McAlister Field House. Holston was the catalyst for a Bulldog offense that witnessed three double figure scorers, including Mike Groselle (18 points) and C.J. Bray (10).
Holston knocked down 3-of-6 from the floor and finished 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to close with 13 points. He also made his defensive presence known with a team-high seven defensive rebounds.
The Bulldogs hit 19-of-38 (50%) from the floor and were successful on 21-of-28 (75%) attempts from the charity stripe. Groselle was the individual leader in field goals, converting 6-of-8, while Bray finished 5-of-9 to go along with seven rebounds. Lawrence Miller added a punch from the perimeter, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range, to close with nine points. The Cadets edged Appalachian State in points in the paint (28-22) and bench points (19-16).
Appalachian State was paced by a game-high 19-point performance by junior Nathan Healy. Healy reached his career-high behind a 6-of-12 outing, which included three conversions from beyond the arc. Andre Williamson came off the bench to score 10 points and add a game-high 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers, hauling in seven offensive boards. However, ASU struggled in dealing with The Citadel's zone defense, hitting just 20-of-56 (35.7%) from the field and 3-of-22 (13.6%) from beyond the arc.
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