Mike Groselle netted a season-high 24 points and P.J. Horgan added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double as The Citadel snapped an 11-game losing streak to Wofford with a 69-63 victory at McAlister Field House.
Groselle tied his career-high in points after hitting 10-of-16 from the field. He also made his presence felt on the boards as he climbed the glass for seven rebounds (five offensive). Meanwhile, Horgan knocked down 6-of-9 from the floor, along with 4-of-6 from the charity stripe, en route to his third double-digit game of the season. Joining the tandem in double figures was Matt Van Scyoc, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor. He was also the only Citadel player with multiple 3-pointers (2-4).
Marshall Harris III distributed a career-high 10 assists to go along with six points and three steals. The Bulldogs (5-15, 2-8 SoCon) topped the 50 percent mark for the ninth time this season, knocking down 26-of-46 (56.5%) from the field. The Citadel held a 34-26 advantage on the glass, marking the seventh time this season the Dogs outrebounded its opponent. The victory gives the Bulldogs their first in the series since a 74-71 win at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Jan. 26, 2007.
Wofford's (8-14, 2-7) offense was highlighted by the trio of Karl Cochran (15 points), Spencer Collins (14) and Lee Skinner (12). Cochran and Collins each finished with six field goals to lead a Terrier unit that knocked down 24-of-61 (39.3%) from the field. The biggest Wofford struggle came from beyond the arc, where the Terriers hit 5-of-24 (20.8%).
Wofford capitalized on 17 Citadel miscues to finish with a 21-11 edge in points off turnovers. The Terriers also forced 12 steals, including four by Cochran, allowing for eight points in transition.
Trailing 33-30 at the half, Wofford took advantage of buckets by Collins and Aerris Smith to grab a one-point lead less than one minute into the frame.
The Citadel regained its first half form behind a series of scores by Van Scyoc and Horgan to move in front 37-34 just over a minute later.
Skinner brought the back-and-forth affair to its second tie, 38-38, with 16:17 on the clock. The two teams traded baskets over the next 2:30 of the contest before Harris found Groselle for a spinning layup that made for a 47-45 Citadel lead. The Bulldogs followed a missed jumper by Collins with a 3-pointer from Van Scyoc to assume a 50-45 advantage with 12:51 remaining.
The Bulldogs' maintained their comfortable five-point difference until a Horgan sent a pass into Groselle that resulted in a layup and a 56-49 lead. Just under a minute later, Janeil Jenkins converted a pair of free throws to tie The Citadel's largest lead of the game.
Cochran began chipping away at the nine-point deficit with a 3-pointer on a pass from Indiana Faithful. He quickly followed with a transition layup as Wofford trimmed the deficit to 58-54 with 6:19 left.
Ashton Moore halted the Bulldogs' scoring drought with a 3-pointer, only to see Cochran answer with a long range shot that kept The Citadel lead at four.
The inside scoring threat of Horgan and Groselle combined for five points as The Citadel assumed a 66-58 lead with 3:30 left in the game.
Behind a series of solid defensive stands, Wofford put together a 5-0 run over the next 2:10 of the contest to trim the lead to 66-63. However, The Citadel converted three free throws inside the final one minute of play to complete its first victory at McAlister Field House since Nov. 17 against Union.
Groselle led all scorers at the intermission with 12 points, hitting 5-of-10 from the field, to go along with five rebounds. He was joined in the low post by Horgan, who added 10 points and seven rebounds. Harris III piloted The Citadel's offense with six assists, while Van Scyoc was the catalyst on defense with a pair of blocks.
The Citadel closed out the first half by hitting 15-of-27 (55.6%) from the floor. It marked the third time in the last four games that the Dogs have hit better than 50 percent in the opening half. The Cadets established their lead due in large part to a 20-12 edge in rebounds and a 24-14 advantage in points in the paint.
Cochran led the Wofford offensive attack with seven points, hitting 3-of-8 from the field and 1-of-4 from long distance. Gordon was responsible for six Terrier points, finishing a perfect 2-of-2 from the floor and knocking down a pair of free throws.
The Terriers shooting woes continued as they hit on 11-of-30 (36.7%) from the floor and 2-of-10 (20%) from beyond the arc. The bright spot for Wofford came in the form of eight steals, which resulted in 11 points off turnovers.
The Citadel forged through a slow start by both teams to assume an 8-2 lead on a jumper by Ashton Moore at the 16:39 mark.
The six-point lead eventually ballooned to nine after Harris found Van Scyoc in the corner for an open 3-pointer with 13:03 on the scoreboard.
Wofford bookended a 7-2 run with 3-pointers by Cochran and Collins to trim The Citadel lead to 17-16 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.
A jumper by Groselle followed by a Horgan layup provided the Bulldogs breathing room and a 23-18 advantage.
However, the Terriers responded with a 6-2 run that sliced the lead to 25-24 with 3:23 left. The one point margin remained in place for The Citadel until consecutive layups by Harris and Groselle opened up a 31-26 lead with just over a minute to go in the half.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday afternoon when they head to Furman for a 4 p.m. meeting with the Paladins.