Harris and Van Scyoc Highlight The Citadel’s 79-68 Victory Over Tornados
CHARLESTON, SC -
Marshall Harris III scored a game-high 22 points and teammate Matt Van Scyoc added 21 as The Citadel topped Brevard 79-68 at McAlister Field House on Wednesday evening. They became the second set of Citadel teammates, joining Van Scyoc and Brian White (Army, Nov. 9), to top 20 points each in a single game this season.
Harris finished 5-of-7 from the floor was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line to establish his career-high. The junior guard also dished out a game-high four assists. Van Scyoc came through with a 5-of-12 performance, knocking down 3-of-8 from beyond the arc and was successful on all eight free throw attempts.
White was also instrumental in The Citadel offense, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the third double-double of his young career. The freshman forward gave the Bulldogs a 35-25 edge on the glass due in large part to 10 defensive boards.
The Cadets (4-8) ended their four-game losing streak by hitting 21-of-46 (45.7%) from the field and 31-of-33 from the charity stripe. It marks the most free throws made by a Citadel unit since hitting 31 against Colgate on Dec. 29, 2000.
The Citadel turned a six-point lead at the intermission into a 43-34 advantage following a Van Scyoc trey at the 17:09 mark of the second half.
A series of buckets by Harris and C.J. Bray allowed the Dogs to maintain the nine-point cushion, but it was a pair of free throws by Trevon Shaw and a 3-pointer off the hand of Dominique Pickett that pulled Brevard (2-7) within four, 47-43, with 13:17 left on the clock.
Five unanswered points, including a 3-pointer by Harris at the 11:37 mark, stretched The Citadel advantage back to nine, but Brevard's Miles Leathers singlehandedly scored the next six straight points to draw the Tornados within 52-49.
Solid play on the defensive end combined with five points from White and three by Van Scyoc allowed The Citadel to assume its first double figure lead of the contest, 62-51, with 7:07 left in the second half.
Buckets by Van Scyoc and Warren Sledge kept the lead in double figures, 66-56, with just under four minutes remaining. Despite not hitting a field goal The Citadel converted 13-of-14 free throws, including eight by Harris, to complete the 79-68 victory.
Brevard saw four players top double figures on the night including 16 points apiece by Darius Moose, Shaw and Pickett. That trio combined to hit five field goals each and was a collective 11-of-15 (73.3%) from the free throw line. Leathers capped off the game by hitting 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 at the charity stripe.
The Tornados hit better than 40 percent in each half and closed the game hitting 22-of-50 (44%) from the field. They became just the third Citadel opponent this season, alongside Towson and West Alabama, to hit at least 10 3-pointers as a unit (10-26).
Led by the tandem of Van Scyoc (11 points) and White (8) the Bulldogs held a six-point advantage at the intermission. The Citadel offense closed the half by hitting 12-of-23 (52.2%) from the floor to go along with a perfect 8-of-8 outing from the free throw line.
Defensively the Cadets limited Brevard to 43.5% (10-23) from the floor with high honors going to Shaw (9 points). The biggest lift for the Tornados came from beyond the arc where they knocked down 5-of-13 (38.5%), led by Shaw's 3-of-3 performance.
The two teams battled to an 11-11 tie following a jumper by Bray at the 14:12 mark as neither offense was able to establish itself in the early going.
Brevard answered with the next four points, but White rallied the Bulldogs with four straight points to knot the score at 15-15.
The third tie of the opening half, 20-20, was quickly broken by a pair of Van Scyoc free throws at the 6:54 mark.
Less than a minute later the sophomore drove past the Tornados defense for the 501st point of his career which tied him alongside Virgil Stevens for the third-fastest player since 1972-73 to score at 500 career points. Leading 24-23, The Citadel used five points by Ashton Moore to close out the opening half on an 11-6 run and take a six-point lead into the locker room.
The Bulldogs now head to Nebraska for their fourth all-time with the Huskers on Dec. 21 at 8:30 p.m.
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