Sophomore Matt Van Scyoc scored 23 points, one short of his career-high, and led 11 Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs moved their home court winning streak to four following a 109-64 victory over Montreat on Monday evening. It marked the first time a Citadel unit topped the century mark since head coach Chuck Driesell's debut against VMI on Nov. 11, 2011.
The Citadel (3-4) also got a lift with the return of James Island native C.J. Bray who scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor in his first game since Dec. 4, 2012. Bray, along with teammate Warren Sledge, who made his collegiate debut, has spent the last year rehabilitating from an ankle injury.
Van Scyoc converted 7-of-14 from the floor, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and kept his consecutive free throw streak (38) intact as he converted 4-of-4 from the free throw line. The sophomore swingman also pulled down six rebounds (five defensive) and tied a career-high by handing out four assists.
Brian White also came through with a solid effort for the Dogs, scoring 19 points and to go along with 10 boards, completing the second double-double of his Bulldog career. White finished 7-of-8 from the floor and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Ashton Moore (13 points) and Marshall Harris III (11) also pumped in double-digit scoring efforts while combining for nine of the Citadel's 23 total assists. Moore reached double figures after knocking down 5-of-10 field goal attempts, including three from beyond the arc.
Dylen Setzekorn provided a spark off the bench for the Dogs with 13 points. He was one of four Cadets to hit five shots on the night and was a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown.
The Citadel hit 36-of-63 (57.1%) from the floor, 14-of-30 (46.7%) from 3-point range and were successful on 23-of-26 (88.5%) attempts from the free throw line. The Dogs held a 40-30 edge on the glass and limited themselves to 11 turnovers on the evening.
With an 11-point advantage to start the second half The Citadel put together a 20-4 run, highlighted by two Van Scyoc treys, to stretch the lead to 67-39 in just under five minutes of play.
The combination of pressure defense and five points off the hand of Harris allowed the Cadets to extend the lead to 81-46 with 11:25 left in the contest.
Just under four minutes later, leading 85-52, Setzekorn and Bray combined to score 14 of the next 17 points as The Citadel cracked the 100-point barrier at McAlister Field House for the first time since Nov. 9, 2007 against Daniel Webster.
The Dogs would tack on seven points in the final 3:09 of the game including a Bray 3-pointer to complete the 109-64 victory.
Eight points by Van Scyoc inside the first six minutes of play allowed the Cadets to jump out to a 15-9 lead. It was there, at the 13:42 mark, that The Citadel faithful was brought to its feet as they cheered on the return of Bray who entered the game for Tom Koopman.
Montreat answered by slicing the margin to three following a 3-pointer off the hand of Kerigan Farley, but a jumper by Bray and a layup from Raemond Robinson provided an eight-point cushion.
With just under 10 minutes remaining in the half the Cavaliers' Joshua Foster converted a 3-pointer to narrow the lead to four, 24-20.
The Bulldogs answered the challenge with a Quinton Marshall layup and following back-to-back 3-pointers by Moore and Setzekorn the lead was back to double figures, 32-20.
Freshman guard Warren Sledge drove home the first two points of his career to push the margin to 14 at the 7:34 mark. From there The Citadel capitalized on seven points by White and three each from Moore and Van Scyoc to close out the half with a 47-36 lead.
The trio of Farley (17 points), La'Bris Adams (15) and Melvin Irvin (12) were the offensive leaders for Montreat (6-3) on the night. The Cavaliers were anchored in the paint by Myles Marshall (seven rebounds).
Montreat finished 19-of-55 (34.5%) from the field and struggled to find their shot from 3-point range (4-15). The high point for the Cavaliers on the evening came from the free throw line as they finished 22-of-34 (64.7%).
The Citadel returns to the road for the final two games of the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament that takes place at Towson. The Bulldogs open the tournament against the host Tigers at 5 p.m. and follow with a 3 p.m. meeting against West Alabama.