Van Scyoc Connects on Career-High Six Treys in Overtime Setback to Wofford
SPARTANBURG, SC -
Lee Skinner scored a game-high 28 points including 18 in the second half as Wofford earned a 79-75 overtime victory on Thursday evening at Benjamin Johnson Arena. Skinner was joined in double figures by teammates Spencer Collins (14 points) and Karl Cochran (12).
Five points by Collins quickly cut the deficit to six and despite points in the paint by Marshall and Brian White the Terriers were within one, 62-61, with just under seven minutes remaining.
Van Scyoc converted a layup to give the Dogs breathing room with a three-point advantage, but it was the combination of a Skinner layup and a 3-pointer by Eric Garcia that forged Wofford in front 66-65 with 4:16 left in regulation.
The Citadel used a Van Scyoc trey and free throws from Ashton Moore and Marshall down the stretch to force overtime with the two teams knotted at 70-70.
Collins was the go-to player in the Terriers offense early in the overtime session as he hit a jumper and a layup to make for a 74-70 advantage.
The Citadel's Marshall Harris III responded with a 3-pointer from the left corner, trimming the deficit to one, before Skinner drew a P.J. Horgan foul to push the margin to 76-75 with 2:01 remaining.
Solid defense by the Bulldogs held Wofford to just three free throws, but it was missed shots on the offensive end that allowed the Terriers to earn their 47th victory over The Citadel in the all-time series.
Skinner, who also scaled the glass for a game-high 13 rebounds (6 offensive), finished off his third double-double of the season by knocking down 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 at the charity stripe. He was one of five Terriers with multiple field goals including Collins (5-11), Cochran (4-14), Justin Gordon (4-5) and Garcia (3-7).
Wofford moved to 7-8 overall and 2-1 in Southern Conference play by virtue of hitting 31-of-63 (49.2%) from the field and 14-of-19 (73.7%) at the free throw line. The biggest advantage for the Terriers came in rebounds where they finished with a 39-25 edge on the glass.
The Citadel lineup was led by the trio of Van Scyoc (22 points), Moore (19) and Marshall (17). Combined the Dogs hit 28-of-51 (54.9%) from the floor and 10-of-16 (62.5%) from beyond the arc. It marks the fourth time this season that the Dogs have knocked down 10 or more treys.
In his fourth 20-point outing of the season Van Scyoc established a new career-high for most 3-pointers made (six). Marshall, who earned his fifth start of the season, came through with career-highs in points and field goals made (six).
The Citadel established a 36-33 lead at the intermission behind a 13-point effort from Moore. Moore capped off the first half by hitting 4-of-5 from the field, draining all three 3-point attempts, as he led all scorers.
Also among the offensive leaders for the Dogs was Van Scyoc who hit 3-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arch to close with eight points. The Citadel finished 14-of-25 (56%) from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from 3-point range.
After facing an early 5-2 deficit the Bulldogs rallied with an 8-2 run, behind treys from Van Scyoc and Moore, to move ahead by three at the 14:46 mark.
The Citadel stretched that lead to seven, 16-9, following Moore's second shot from downtown just under three minutes later. After Gordon connected on a Wofford jumper that cut the lead to five, Horgan knifed through the lane to score his first bucket of the contest.
With a 23-15 lead in hand, following a second Horgan layup, the Bulldogs surrendered the next six straight points to sit in front by a pair. The run was keyed by a pair of layups by Skinner and Jaylen Allen.
Moore helped the Bulldogs snapped out of their slump with a pair of free throws and a long distance 3-pointer at the 4:46 mark that made for a 28-23 Citadel lead.
The Bulldogs offset 10 Wofford points over the remainder of the half with jumpers by Marshall and White along with layups from Moore and Horgan.
The Citadel continues its three-game road swing on Saturday night when it heads to Elon for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Phoenix at Alumni Gym.