The Citadel holds on, tops Southeast Missouri 74-69

The Citadel holds on, tops Southeast Missouri 74-69
Kaelon Harris had 20 points to help lead The Citadel to their 1st win of the season by beating Southeast Missouri State (Source: The Citadel Athletics)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Kaiden Rice and Kaelon Harris scored 20 points apiece as The Citadel held off Southeast Missouri 74-69 on Tuesday night.

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Harris made 3 of 4 free throws in the final seconds after Southeast Missouri whittled a 13-point gap down to 71-69 with 19 seconds left. He finished 10 of 12 at the line.

Harris also had 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs while Tyson Batiste had 11 assists and nine rebounds for The Citadel (1-3). He also committed seven turnovers.

DQ Nicholas had 24 points and six rebounds for the Redhawks (1-2). Skylar Hogan added 11 points. Quatarrius Wilson had seven rebounds and three blocks.

The Citadel matches up against Illinois on the road on Wednesday. Southeast Missouri matches up against Missouri S&T at home on Friday.