The Citadel Recap

25 Jan

College of Charleston bounced back from a tough two-game road trip with a big win at home over crosstown rival The Citadel, 69-54, in Southern Conference action held on Jan. 24 before a crowd of 4,118 at TD Arena.

The Cougars (13-7, 5-3 SoCon) never trailed in the contest and built a 25-point lead late in the second half over the Bulldogs (4-14, 1-7 SoCon). CofC swept The Citadel in the regular-season series and have now won six-straight games over its crosstown rivals.

Charleston held a 48-29 (+19) advantage in rebounds with the Cougars grabbing 16 offensive boards leading to 14 second-chance points. They also shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field and held the Bulldogs to just 36.5 percent (23-of-63).

Redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) led the squad with 14 points on a red-hot shooting night, going 7-of-8 from the field. Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) scored 12 points and dished out four assists, while sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) bounced back with 10 points on two three-pointers.

Sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) was once again strong on the boards as he grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with seven points and just one foul. Junior forward Trent Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) grabbed seven rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

The Citadel was led by Mike Groselle and his 17 points and nine rebounds. The CofC defense held Matt Van Scyoc, who scored 17 in the first meeting of the series on Jan. 14, to just four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-2 lead early in the first half after two three-pointers from Lawrence and an offensive put-back from Baru. The Citadel cut the margin to 20-17 on a steal and three-pointer from Lawrence Miller, but CofC responded with a jumper from junior reserve Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.).

Stitt broke his scoring drought with a three-pointer late in the half and added two free throws in the final seconds to give Charleston a 31-24 halftime lead.

CofC slowly pulled away in the first eight minutes of the second half, going on a 9-0 run to build a 49-32 lead with 11:53 left after a layup from Hall. Hall hit another layup followed by a Stitt three to put the game out of reach with 7:49 remaining and the Cougars ahead by 19, 57-38.

Layups from reserves Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) and Trevonte Dixon (Florence, S.C.) gave the Cougars their largest lead at 69-44. The Bulldogs scored 10 points in the final minute against the CofC bench to bring the final margin to 69-54.

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