Moore Notches 21 in Solid Citadel Effort at Nebraska
LINCOLN, NE -
Terran Petteway netted a game-high 27 points and was responsible for seven points during a crucial 15-5 second half Nebraska run as the Huskers earned a hard fought 77-62 victory over The Citadel at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday evening.
Knotted at 32-32 entering the second half of play, The Citadel (4-9) used four points each by the trio of Tom Koopman, Ashton Moore and Brian White to make for a 51-51 tie at the 10:58 mark of the half.
That quickly turned into a four-point Huskers (8-3) advantage behind a Petteway dunk and a pair of Leslee Smith free throws.
Moore answered with a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs, cutting the margin to 55-54 with 9:53 remaining, but it was buckets by Deverell Biggs, Petteway and a fall away 3-pointer by Shavon Shields that provided Nebraska an eight-point advantage just over two minutes later.
The Huskers forced two turnovers and held the Bulldogs scoreless during a 4:16 stretch as they extended their lead to 66-56 behind a pair of Petteway free throws.
Moore ended The Citadel's drought with a jumper at the 3:48 mark, followed by four free throws off the hand of Marshall Harris III, but it was not enough as Nebraska earned their fourth win in the all-time series by a 15-point margin.
Petteway was joined in double figures by Shields (17 points) and Leslee Smith (10). Smith also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to post the second double-double of his career.
Collectively the Huskers hit 25-of-48 (52.1%) from the field and knocked down 22-of-34 (64.7%) at the charity stripe.
Nebraska held a 36-16 edge in points in the paint and capitalized on 17 Citadel miscues to finish with a 22-13 advantage in points off turnovers.
Moore, who capped off the game with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, notched his second 20-point game of the season and fourth of his career. Teammates Brian White and Matt Van Scyoc also reached double figures with 11 points apiece.
White climbed the glass for seven rebounds, edging Moore and Van Scyoc who each finished with six each, for team-high honors.
The Citadel finished 23-of-54 (42.6%) from the floor and 10-of-14 (71.4%) at the free throw line. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Huskers 34-30 to finish with an 11-10 edge in second chance points.
Moore proved to be the key cog in The Citadel's first half offense, knocking down 4-of-6 from the field and 1-of-3 from the free throw line to close with 10 points. It is the first time since a Dec. 4, 2012 meeting with Charleston Southern that Moore reached double figures by the intermission.
Moore highlighted a Bulldog unit that was 13-of-26 (50%) from the floor and 4-of-11 (36.4%)
from beyond the arc. He was joined in scoring by the combination of Van Scyoc (eight points) and White (seven).
The two teams were not only knotted in scoring, but they were also evenly split in total rebounds (16-16) and separated by just four in points in the paint (12-8), where Nebraska held a slight advantage.
The Citadel countered an 8-5 Nebraska run with an 8-5 run of its own behind four outside jumpers by Moore, White, Koopman and Van Scyoc to deadlock the game at 13-all with just over 11:23 left in the frame.
Dylen Setzekorn allowed The Citadel to regain the lead exactly one minute later, but Nebraska scored five of the next eight points to assume a 20-18 advantage with 7:16 remaining.
Moore drained his first 3-pointer of the contest at the 5:45 mark to give the Bulldogs a 21-20 lead and following a steal by Harris and a Moore layup in transition the margin stood at three.
Six unanswered points by White and Van Scyoc gave The Citadel its largest lead of the half, 29-21, with 3:28 remaining.
Nebraska closed the half on an 11-3 run, allowing only a Raemond Robinson trey during the stretch, to send the two teams into the intermission tied at 32-32.
The Citadel will have an eight-day layoff before hosting College of Charleston on Dec. 29 at 2:05 p.m.
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