Kyle Wilson scored a team-high 20 points and lead Army to a 84-69 victory over The Citadel in the consolation game of the 2013 All-Military Classic.
Wilson, who connected on 7-of-16 from the field, was the lone Black Knight to reach double figures. He was joined in scoring by fellow starters Tanner Plomb and Josh Herbeck who scored nine points apiece. Army took advantage of 29-for-60 (48.3%) shooting from the field to even its record at 1-1 on the season.
Freshman Brian White capped off his second 20-point performance, in as many days, by scoring a game-high 27 to go along with 12 rebounds. In the process he became the first Citadel freshman since John Brown, in 2008-09, to record a double-double.
Joined Matt Van Scyoc, who scored 20 points by virtue of 6-for-9 shooting from the field, the duo became the first teammates to score at least 20 points in the same game since Van Scyoc and Mike Groselle accomplished the feat on Feb. 20, 2013 against Appalachian State.
The Bulldogs shot 23-of-56 (41.1%) from the floor and were a perfect 20-of-20 from the charity stripe. The 20 made free throws were one shy of the program record set against College of Charleston (21-for-21) on Jan. 13, 1987. Another bright spot for the Dogs was their ability to outrebound Army, edging the Black Knights 35-32 on the glass. The loss drops The Citadel to 0-2 overall.
Leading by double figures at the intermission, two Herbeck treys sparked a 12-4 run by the Black Knights, who assumed a 61-42 lead just 4:44 into the second half.
The Bulldogs continued to apply pressure on both ends of the court, taking advantage of jumpers by White and Raemond Robinson, but Army managed to stretch the lead to 71-50 following a pair of buckets by Larry Toomey.
A layup by Quinton Marshall followed by a Van Scyoc dunk gave The Citadel life as the Dogs sliced the margin to 71-56 with 8:34 left in the contest.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Toomey put Army back in front by 18, but solid Citadel defense combined with five points from Van Scyoc trimmed the deficit to 74-61 with 6:31 remaining.
After a pair of Keith Ferguson free throws pushed the margin back to 15, the Dogs used conversions at the line by White and a layup by Marshall to cut the lead to 76-65. That would be as close as The Citadel would get as Army closed out the game on an 8-4 run to earn the 84-69 victory.
The Citadel closed the first half by hitting 12-of-28 (42.9%) from the floor and knocking down all 10 free throw attempts. White proved to be the focal point of the offensive attack, netting 15 points to go along with seven boards. The Richmond, Va., native was 4-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 at the charity stripe.
Van Scyoc was also among the offensive leaders for the Bulldogs, hitting 3-of-5 from the floor and a pair of free throws. His three rebounds placed him behind White on the glass and were instrumental in giving The Citadel an 18-16 edge in rebounds.
Army capped off a 17-of-33 (51.5%) shooting performance by capitalizing on six 3-pointers. The six treys, all from different shooters, allowed the Black Knights to close out the first half hitting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. Another key for the Army offense was 11 assists, led by Maxwell who dished out three.
The Citadel established itself early with a 7-2 run to open the game, highlighted by a White 3-pointer, but Army quickly answered to knot the score at 7-7 following a free throw by Mo Williams.
Army eventually moved out in front 12-9, following a Tanner Omlid layup, but jumpers by Van Scyoc and White allowed the Bulldogs to regain the lead, 15-14, with 12:02 remaining.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Matt Gramling and Williams ignited an 11-5 run over the next 2:38 of the contest as the Black Knights moved in front 25-19. Van Scyoc answered with a pair of free throws, drawing the Dogs within four, but treys by Plomb and Wilson made for a double-digit lead, 35-23.
Army maintained its offensive rhythm despite a layup by Marshall and a 3-pointer from the left wing by Marshall Harris III, as the Black Knights pushed ahead 42-28. The Citadel used six points by White over the final 2:52 of the half to remain within 14, 48-34, heading into the lockerroom.
The Citadel makes its home debut on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when it welcomes Presbyterian to McAlister Field House.