Moore Leads Four Bulldogs in Double Figures in 82-68 Citadel Win
CHARLESTON, SC -
Junior guard Ashton Moore scored 19 points to lead four Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs earned an 82-68 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday night at McAlister Field House.
Accompanying Moore in double figures was Matt Van Scyoc (16 points), Marshall Harris III (14) and Dylen Setzekorn (12). Collectively the Bulldogs hit 29-of-56 (51.8%) from the field and 11-of-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc. The offensive production came in large part from 16 assists, including six each from the backcourt duo of Moore and Harris. The Cadets (1-2) also controlled the glass, 39-34, keyed by 29 defensive rebounds.
Among the top individual shooters for The Citadel was Moore, who finished 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-5 from long distance. Van Scyoc closed out the game by knocking down 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He also made his presence felt on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds (three offensive).
Setzekorn proved to be a valuable reserve in head coach Chuck Driesell's attack by hitting 5-of-11 from the floor, including a pair of timely 3-pointers. Harris put together a solid outing by hitting 4-of-6 from the field with all four conversions coming from 3-point range.
Presbyterian (0-2) was led by the trio of William Truss (20 points), Jordan Downing (16) and Reggie Dillard (16). The Blue Hose rebounded from a tough first half, in which they hit 12-of-32 from the field, to finish 29-of-68 (42.6%) for the game. The biggest struggles came from long range as PC converted just 3-of-16 from 3-point range.
Starting the second half with an 11-point advantage The Citadel quickly pushed the lead to 47-31 behind four points from Van Scyoc in just over three minutes. A quick timeout allowed Presbyterian to regroup as they put together a 6-0 run keyed by a pair of buckets from Markus Terry.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead back to double figures with a Setzekorn jumper, 52-41, before a pair of scores by Downing and Dillard narrowed the gap to seven. That sparked an eventual 16-7 run by the Blue Hose that included four points each by Truss and Dillard.
Setzekorn again came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs, slicing past the PC defense where he drew a foul by Danny Herrera. After closing the door defensively, Van Scyoc knocked down a jumper from the elbow to make for a 63-57 Citadel advantage.
Timely baskets by Van Scyoc, White and Brian White kept The Citadel in front by six, 69-63, with 4:53 remaining. Truss followed with an old-fashioned three-point play of his own, allowing Presbyterian to make one final charge for the lead.
The Bulldogs, behind three points each from Van Scyoc and Setzekorn, closed out the contest on an 11-2 run and earned their first victory of the season.
Highlighted by an 11-point, four-assist effort from Moore, The Citadel finished 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor in the first half to take a 41-31 lead into the intermission. Moore connected on 4-of-5 from the floor, draining all three attempts from beyond the arc, to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-of-14 (57.1%) performance from the 3-point line. He was joined in scoring by Harris, who tallied six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
PC countered with a 12-of-32 (37.5%) first half outing behind the offensive efforts of Downing, who tallied 12 points. Downing reached double figures by virtue of a 5-for-9 performance from the field that included two treys. He received support in the paint from Reggie Dillard who scored eight points, hitting 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The Citadel grabbed a 12-9 lead in the early going behind five points from Moore and four from Van Scyoc. That difference was stretched to seven following a series of treys by Setzekorn and Quinton Marshall as the Bulldogs moved out in front 18-11 at the 11:50 mark.
Presbyterian got the Bulldogs in early foul trouble and capitalized on free throw shots by Herrera and Dillard to eventually cut the lead to six, 24-18. It was there that The Citadel got a lift offensively from Marshall who drove through the lane and drew contact from Herrera for a three-point play.
The energized Bulldogs put together an eventual 17-5 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Harris and Moore, to move in front 41-23 with just under four minutes left in the frame.
Presbyterian closed out the half on an 8-0 run to close out the half, trimming the deficit to 41-31, highlighted by a Downing trey at the buzzer as the two teams headed to the locker rooms.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. when they host North Greenville.