Citadel center Mike Groselle finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but visiting Davidson came away with the 77-66 Southern Conference victory on Thursday evening at McAlister Field House.
The double-double marks Groselle's 20th of his career, giving him sole possession of second place in Bulldogs history for the most career double-doubles, behind Regan Truesdale. Coincidentally Groselle tied Patrick Elmore's 22-year mark for most double-doubles in a single-season with 12.
The Citadel finished 25-of-64 (39.1%) from the floor in the contest, keyed by a 16-of-36 (44.4%) performance in the second half. The Bulldogs were led by the tandem of Bo Holston and Groselle, who each finished 5-of-8 from the floor. Groselle netted a team-high 15 points, while Holston chipped in 11. Teammate Ashton Moore provided a solid threat off the bench, scoring nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, including a 3-pointer. Groselle's posted a game-high 10 rebounds, pulling in three on the offensive glass, while Jordan Robertson added seven boards (four offensive). The contributions of Groselle, Robertson (six points) and P.J. Horgan (four points) equated to a 40-24 edge in points in the paint. Groselle also came through with a career-high six steals. The Dogs move to 4-20 overall and 1-12 in SoCon play following the loss.
Davidson led offensively by the trio of De'Mon Brooks (24 points), JP Kuhlman (16 points) and Chris Czerapowicz (14 points). The Wildcats finished 24-of-52 (46.2%) from the floor as a unit, draining 9-of-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc. Brooks led the team by hitting 8-of-9 from the field and knocked down 8-of-13 from the free throw line. Czerapowicz led the team by hitting 3-of-7 from 3-point range, while Brooks and Kuhlman were a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. Brooks' team-high nine rebounds anchored an inside game that finished with 44 total rebounds, including 16 on the offensive glass. The Wildcats won their fourth in a row and move to 19-5 overall and 13-1 in league action.
Working with a 17-point advantage at the half, Davidson scored six of the first 10 points of the second half to assume a 44-25 lead.
The Dogs turned on the defensive pressure and scored the next six straight points, all in the paint, to pull within 13 of the lead with 16:29 remaining.
After weathering a 7-0 run by the Cats, which included five points from Kuhlman, The Citadel bounced back to trim the lead to 54-38 behind an old fashioned three-point play by Groselle.
Davidson again managed to string together a series of points, this time piecing together an 8-2 run, highlighted by four points from Brooks to take its largest lead of the half, 62-40, with just under 11 minutes remaining.
Trailing 66-46 with 9:03 remaining in the contest, The Citadel began its offensive surge when DeVontae Wright found Holston on the left wing for an open 3-pointer. It was the first of seven straight points for Holston, as the Bulldogs went on a 10-1 run to pull within 67-59 of the lead.
Despite using the zone defense to limit Davidson offensive, the Dogs allowed Czerapowicz to knock down a 3-pointer with 1:43 on the clock to push the lead back to double digits.
A pair of free throws by Wright made for a nine-point affair, however Davidson managed seven free throws down the stretch to complete the 77-66 victory.
The Citadel opened the game by hitting 9-of-28 (32.1%) from the floor, led by Robertson who knocked down 2-of-3 en route to four points. Moore and Bray each chimed in with 2-of-6 outings, leading the way with five points apiece, as the Dogs trailed 38-21 at the intermission. Robertson also manned the post with seven rebounds, hauling in four on the offensive glass, as the team finished the half with eight offensive rebounds. This led to a 12-10 advantage for the Cadets in points in the paint.
Davidson closed the half by hitting 13-of-31 (41.9%) from the field, including a 5-of-13 (38.5%) from beyond the arc. Czerapowicz (4-7) and Brooks (3-3) were the offensive juggernauts for the Wildcats with 11 and 12 points, respectively. Brooks capitalized on a 5-of-9 performance from the free throw line, while Czerapowicz took advantage of a pair of 3-pointers to lead the way for Davidson. Six Wildcats gathered at least one offensive rebound as they collected 11 as a unit, accounting for nine second chance points.
Neither team scored until the 15:57 mark when Cohen opened scoring with a jumper from just outside the lane. Groselle responded by drawing a foul from Cohen and split the lead in half.
Davidson rattled off the next nine unanswered points, assuming a 10-1 advantage at the 14:05 mark, before a layup by Morabbi ended the drought.
Cochran followed with a 3-pointer for the Wildcats and with 13:01 on the clock, Moore drained a 3-pointer on a pass from Groselle to make for the 13-6 score. Davidson responded by outscoring the Cadets 17-2 over the next five minutes of the contest, taking advantage of six points each by Czerapowicz and Brooks, to pull in front 30-8 with 4:42 left.
The Bulldogs complete their two-game homestand on Saturday evening when they host Georgia Southern at 7:05 p.m.