The Citadel knocks off Furman, 70-60

Published: Jan. 24, 2010 at 5:35 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2010 at 5:28 AM EST
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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