The Citadel knocks off Furman, 70-60
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Juniors Cameron Wells and Bryan Streeter each registered double-doubles in The Citadel's 70-60 victory over in-state rival Furman. Wells registered game-highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds to mark his sixth career double-double. Meanwhile, Streeter closed with 14 points and 10 caroms for the Bulldogs. In front of 2,053 in attendance at McAlister Field House, The Citadel faithful recognized the play of Regan Truesdale at halftime, by immortalizing his number (33) in the rafters.
"Zach came out and did a great job in knocking down a couple 3-pointers," said Wells of the second half resurgence. "I worked off of Streeter and we managed to feed off of one another really well. I got a lot of my energy from the way that he was playing."
The Citadel, who improves to 10-10 overall and 4-4 in the Southern Conference, was backed by a 9-for-20 (45%) shooting performance in the second half. The Bulldogs overcame a one-point halftime deficit by opening with a Zach Urbanus trey. Tied at 32-32, the Paladins responded with an 8-0 run behind 3-pointers from Bryson Barnes and Justin Dehm. With 12:32 remaining in the half, following a three-point play by Joe Wolfinger, Wells hit a three-pointer that sliced the Furman deficit to 42-40. On the next Citadel possession, Cosmo Morabbi found Austin Dahn for an open 3-pointer and following a Streeter free-throw the game reached a 44-44 tie. At the 9:45 mark of the half, Streeter muscled past the Furman defenders to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish.
The Citadel went on a 12-0 run during a 4:01 stretch that pushed the lead to 56-44. Furman (9-10, 3-5) would draw no closer than eight points in the final minutes as The Citadel secured its fifth home victory of the season. Amu Saaka (19 pts.) and Colin Reddick (13 pts.) led the way offensive for the Paladins. Barnes crashed the boards for eight rebounds, one offensively, to pace the team. Furman converted 21-of-49 (42.9%) field goals, however struggled from beyond the arc by hitting on only 4-of-14 attempts (28.6%). The bright spot came by converting 14-of-17 free-throw opportunities.
Urbanus became the fourth player in Citadel basketball history with 200 3- pointers, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range, joining the likes of Travis Cantrell (255), Alan Puckett (242) and Noy Castillo (230). Urbanus now has 202 in his three-year career as a Bulldog. Dahn, who also hit a pair of treys, finished with nine points as well.
The team finished a combined 22-of-29 (75.9%) from the free-throw line on the night. Wells led the way, knocking down 8-of-8, marking the seventh game this season that he has finished perfect. Daniel Eykyn (4-for-4) and Wolfinger (3-for- 3) were also flawless in their attempts. As a unit The Citadel finished with a decisive edge in rebounding (37-30), assists (10-4) and second chance points (12-6).
The Bulldogs will now prepare for a series of road games against Georgia Southern, Jan. 28 and Davidson on Jan. 30.
Courtesy: The Citadel Sports Information