Citadel Completes Non-Conference Slate with 76-59 Setback to Radford
RADFORD, VA -
Javonte Green scored 17 points and teammates R.J. Price and Jalen Carethers added 16 and 10, respectively, as Radford earned a 76-59 victory over The Citadel on Thursday evening at the Dedmon Center.
Green converted 8-of-11 field goal attempts to lead a Radford unit that finished 28-of-60 (46.7%) from the floor en route to a wire-to-wire victory. He also made his presence felt on the glass with 10 rebounds (seven defensive) to become the second player (Willis Hall) in as many games with a double-double against the Dogs.
The Highlanders (10-4) also took advantage of 21 Citadel fouls to finish 17-of-22 (77.3%) from the charity stripe. Radford capitalized on two key elements of the game including points in the paint (46-20) and points off turnovers (17-6) to remain unbeaten at home in 2013-14.
Despite 17 points from Matt Van Scyoc and 10 off the hand of fellow starter Quinton Marshall, The Citadel offense struggled to find any rhythm. The Bulldogs (4-11) were 18-of-47 (38.3%) from the floor and 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
Keeping in line with their season average (73.4%) the Bulldogs were successful on 21-of-27 (77.8%) attempts at the free throw line. Three Citadel players including Van Scyoc (9-9), Marshall Harris III (2-2) and Warren Sledge (2-2) were perfect at the charity stripe. Marshall doubled his previous single-game career-high in free throws by hitting 6-of-8 at the line.
With a comfortable 40-25 lead at the intermission, Radford used five points from Green and four by Ya Ya Anderson to put together a 13-5 run to move in front 53-30 at the 14:20 mark.
The well-balanced Citadel offense received 12 points from six different players as it outscored Radford 10-4 during a 7:21 stretch to make for a 57-42 score.
The Highlanders countered with a 3-pointer by Kyle Noreen and a dunk in transition by Green to regain the momentum and stretch the lead to 67-45 with 4:31 left in the contest.
Free throws by Marshall and a 3-pointer deep from the left corner by Van Scyoc made for a 71-50 Radford advantage. The Bulldogs managed to score nine of 14 points down the stretch, including three from Tom Koopman, to make for the 76-59 final.
The Citadel now heads into Southern Conference play when it hosts Chattanooga on Monday evening at McAlister Field House.
Green led all scorers with 10 points at the intermission, knocking down 5-of-7 from the field to go along with a team-high six rebounds as Radford closed the first half by hitting 16-of-33 (48.5%) from the field. The Highlanders also got a solid first half performance from Price (nine points) and Carethers who tacked on eight points from the bench.
The duo of Marshall and Koopman scored six points apiece to lead the way for a Bulldogs unit that hit just 7-of-20 (35%) from the floor by the break. The bright spot for The Citadel offense was that it knocked down 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line, knocking down seven straight during a 2:13 stretch to keep the Dogs within striking distance.
Four points each from Green and Price allowed Radford to streak out to a 16-4 lead in the first 5:54 of the contest.
The Highlanders eventually built a 20-11 advantage, following a jumper by Rashun Davis and a layup by Carethers. Limited by only one field goal during a span of 6:53, The Citadel knocked down 7-of-7 at the free throw line to remain within striking distance.
A Koopman layup ended the Dogs 0-for-6 slump and made for a seven-point contest, 20-13, with just over 10 minutes left in the half.
Six Citadel points in the paint, including four from Koopman, was not enough to counteract an 11-8 Radford run as the Highlanders moved out in front 31-21 with 5:03 remaining.
The duo of Price and Carethers accounted for eight of the final 10 Radford points of the half as the Highlanders took a 15-point lead into the intermission.
The Bulldogs open the 2014 Southern Conference slate on Monday evening at McAlister Field House when they host Chattanooga. Citadel fans will have the opportunity to watch the game on ESPN3 with former Bulldog play-by-play announcer Darren Goldwater making the call. Goldwater will be joined on the broadcast by Dean Keener. Game time with the Mocs is set for 7:05 p.m.