Demetrius Conger and Chris Johnson scored 16 points apiece and lead five players in double figures as St. Bonaventure downed The Citadel, 97-57, on Wednesday evening at the Reilly Center. Joining their teammates in double figures for the Bonnies were Marquise Simmons (15 points), Eric Mosley (15 points) and Youssau Ndoye (10 points).
The Citadel was plagued by an 18-of-48 (37.5%) performance from the floor, managing just 5-of-12 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. Groselle topped all Bulldog scorers in field goals, knocking down 6-of-9 in the contest, while Van Scyoc followed with a 3-for-8 performance, hitting all three from beyond the perimeter. Van Scyoc also pulled down a season-high seven rebounds, including a pair on the offensive glass.
The St. Bonaventure lineup featured five players with four or more field goals, including Simmons who capped off the game by hitting 7-of-9 from the floor. Joining Simmons were Conger (6-12), Johnson (5-8) and Ndoye (4-6), who made up a Bonnies unit that finished 35-of-62 (56.5%) from the floor and 10-of-18 (55.6%) from 3-point range.
St. Bona drew 22 Citadel fouls to mark the third time this season the Dogs have committed 20 or more violations. This allowed the Bonnies to convert 17-of-21 (81%) at the line, highlighted by four players who were a perfect 2-for-2.
Leading 43-28 at the intermission, St. Bonaventure opened the second half with a 15-2 run that included seven points from Eric Mosley, to move in front 58-30 at the 15:02 mark.
The Citadel scored seven of the game's next nine points, including four off a series layups by Groselle, to make for a 60-37 Bonnies advantage.
Mosley again came through for St. Bonaventure, contributing five of the team's nine points, as the lead held steady at 69-41 with just under 11 minutes remaining.
The Bonnies turned up their defensive efforts as they held The Citadel scoreless over the next 3:17 of the contest, during a 15-0 run, assuming an 84-46 lead with 6:20 remaining in the contest.
Van Scyoc scored five of the Bulldogs' final 11 points down the stretch as St. Bonaventure handed The Citadel its first defeat inside the New York state lines by a margin of 97-57.
Moore scored eight points, hitting 2-of-3 from the floor, to lead well-balanced Citadel scoring attack in the opening frame. He was joined offensively by the tandem of Elmore and Groselle, who contributed four points apiece and combined for five rebounds.
The Citadel closed the first half hitting 9-of-23 (39.1%) from the floor and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the process. The Bulldogs found success from the free throw line, converting 8-of-10 (80%), behind Moore's 3-for-4 performance.
St. Bonaventure countered with a 17-of-33 (51.5%) performance from the floor, knocking down 6-of-13 (46.2%) from beyond the arc.
Simmons' scored 11 points the lead the way for the Bonnies, converting 5-of-7 field goals, and tied the team-high in rebounds (five) with Conger. Teammate Chris Johnson added nine points for St. Bona, after finishing 4-of-6 from the field, including one from long distance.
Behind six Johnson points in the first 4:31 of the contest the Bonnies established a 15-2 lead. The Citadel broke through with its first field goals on a series of Groselle buckets in the paint, slicing the deficit to 15-6, only to see St. Bonaventure retaliate with scores by Simmons and Eric Mosley over the next 1:21 to push the margin back to double figures.
A Quinton Marshall jumper in the lane, preceded by a 3-pointer from Van Scyoc, drew the Dogs within seven, 20-13, at the 11:30 mark.
St. Bonaventure responded with a 7-0 run over the next 3:55 of the contest behind four points from Youssor Ndoye and a long range 3-pointer by Michael Davenport, moving the lead to 27-13.
The back-and-forth battle continued as the Dogs scored seven straight points, including three from Michael Hundley, slicing the margin to 29-21.
Moore accounted for the final five points of the half for The Citadel, while St. Bonaventure headed into the intermission with a 43-28 advantage behind a 15-point run that included five points each by Simmons and Conger.
The Citadel now heads to Atlanta, Ga., to renew its rivalry with Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. The game can be seen locally on FoxSports South.