Freshman sharpshooter Matt Van Scyoc finished with 17 points and led 11 Bulldogs in scoring, as The Citadel completed the 92-50 victory over visiting Union (Ky.) on Saturday evening at McAlister Field House.
Van Scyoc, who hit 7-of-11 from the floor, was joined in double-digit scoring by Mike Groselle (16), Lawrence Miller (15) and Quinton Marshall (12). Groselle completed the 24th double-double of his Citadel career, as he hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds. The Citadel (3-1) went 35-of-67 (52.2%) from the floor, including nine 3-pointers, and extended its streak to four straight games with better than 50 percent shooting.
The backcourt tandem of Marshall Harris III and Miller combined for 16 assists, as the Bulldogs finished with 31 team assists, the most since a Dec. 5, 2005 meeting with Atlanta Christian. The inside trio of Groselle (16 rebounds), Dylen Setzekorn (six rebounds) and Van Scyoc (five rebounds) provided The Citadel with a 44-31 edge on the glass.
Union (4-3) struggled to find its offense as they connected on just 18-of-57 (31.6%) field goal attempts, including five from 3-point range. The Bulldogs were led offensively by reserves James Strange (13 points) and Sergio Gonzalez (10 points). Gonzalez knocked down 4-of-11 from the floor and finished with a pair of 3-pointers. The highlight for the Union was finishing a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
The Citadel scored nine of the first 15 points of the second half, led by Miller's five points in that stretch, to establish a 57-26 advantage with 16:46 on the clock.
That lead grew to 33 points over the next 3:20 of the contest, as four Bulldog scorers, including Stephen Elmore, scored a bucket to make for a 65-32 lead.
Union scored six unanswered points, trimming the margin to 65-38, before witnessing a 7-0 run by the Bulldogs that pushed the lead to 72-38.
A layup by Matthew Thomas ended the Union scoring drought with 8:50 left in the half. However, The Citadel reserves continued to pour in the points, with redshirt freshman Michael Hundley leading the charge. Hundley scored six points in a 3:08 stretch as the Bulldogs outscored Union 10-2, moving in front 84-42.
The Citadel allowed just eight points in the final 3:49 of the contest to complete the 92-50 victory in front of 786 in attendance.
For the third time in as many games, The Citadel hit better than 50 percent from the floor in the opening half, this time converting 18-of-32 (56.3%) from the field. Combined with a 7-of-9 (77.8%) first half outing from beyond the arc, the Bulldogs held a 48-20 advantage as both teams headed to the locker room.
Van Scyoc provided the spark in the Dogs offense, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor to go along with three from 3-point range. Groselle added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, including eight on the defensive glass. Harris was the catalyst for the sharpshooting Citadel offense, handing out five assists, while Miller finished with four.
Union was limited to 7-of-31 (22.6%) shooting, hitting just four shots from beyond the perimeter. The combination of Gonzalez and Strange came off the bench to score eight and five points, respectively, to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, four Union players finished with two rebounds, as they were edged on the glass 27-14 by The Citadel.
The combination of Miller and Van Scyoc accounted for five points each as The Citadel established 15-0 lead in the early going.
Gonzalez penetrated the lane to score the first two Union points, but the Cadets offense remained in rhythm, scoring 16 of the next 23 points to move in front 31-7. In that stretch, Van Scyoc drilled in a pair of 3-pointers and added a dunk, while Harris and Ashton Moore also knocked down a pair of long distance jumpers.
The Citadel defense held Union under double figures in scoring until the 8:44 mark of the first half, when Strange knocked down a pair of free throws to make for a 36-11 score.
Three Union 3-pointers, including two from Strange, trimmed the lead to 37-20, but it was an old fashioned three-point play by Mike Groselle that quickly made for a 20-point Citadel lead.
The Cadets held their opponents scoreless over the final 4:22 of the half, as jumpers by C.J. Bray, Moore and Setzekorn provided a 48-20 lead at the intermission.
The Citadel enjoys a week long break before its next contest. The Dogs return for their fifth November contest at McAlister Field House this season when they host Radford on Nov. 24 at 2:05 p.m.