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Bulldogs Battle to Overtime Victory Over SC State

The Citadel held South Carolina State to just a pair of free throws in overtime in a 91-79...
The Citadel held South Carolina State to just a pair of free throws in overtime in a 91-79 overtime victory Sunday afternoon inside the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.(The Citadel Basketball)
Published: Nov. 28, 2021 at 10:45 PM EST
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The Citadel held South Carolina State to just a pair of free throws in overtime in a 91-79 overtime victory Sunday afternoon inside the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

Game Information

Score: The Citadel 91, South Carolina State 79 ot

Records: The Citadel (4-2), South Carolina State (1-7)

Location: Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center

Series: The Citadel leads 9-3

How it Happened

  • The Citadel forced the overtime period as Rudy Fitzgibbons III drove baseline and hit a cutting Brent Davis for the layup with 5.4 seconds remaining.
  • Fitzgibbons started the overtime period with a steal and a breakaway layup to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish.
  • The Bulldogs would add three more free throws before Stephen Clark took the ball on the right win and drove down the lane for a thunderous dunk and a seven point lead.
  • After a pair of SCSU free throws, Davis knocked down a three-pointer to put the game out of reach.
  • The Citadel got off to a slow start from beyond the arc as the Bulldogs only hit three three-pointers in the first half.
  • Despite the outside shooting, The Citadel was able to go into the locker room trailing by only one.
  • The second half saw the Bulldogs find their range from beyond the arc as they connected on 7-of-12 three-pointers.
  • Jason Roche knocked down a pair of three-pointers that helped open a six point advantage.
  • SCSU was able to battle back and eventually took a two-point lead on a three-pointer from Rakim Gary with just over a minute to play.
  • The Bulldogs were then called for an offensive foul, but a defensive stop allowed them to get the ball back and send the game to overtime.

Inside the Box Score

  • Stephen Clark nearly recorded the first triple-double in school history as he finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. He also added three blocks.
  • The 15 rebounds are a career-high, besting his previous mark of 14 set against Carver last season.
  • Rudy Fitzgibbons III led the offensive attack with a career-high 20 points. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
  • Brent Davis had another strong game with 16 points and three assists.
  • Hayden Brown poured in 13 points in limited action, while Jason Roche added 13 points and Tyler Moffe 11.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs went 16-of-18 from the free-throw line.
  • The Citadel defense held SCSU to 0-of-10 shooting from the floor in overtime.
  • The victory was the first overtime victory on the road since defeating Longwood, 102-99, in triple overtime on Dec. 19, 2019.

Up Next

The Bulldogs close out the three-game road swing as they travel to face UNC Asheville on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.