GREENSBORO, GA - The combination of Citadel scorers Mike Groselle (20 pts.) and Lawrence Miller (15 pts.) led the way for the Bulldogs, who suffered a difficult 82-71 loss at UNC Greensboro in Southern Conference action on Thursday evening. Groselle posted his seventh 20-point game in conference play this season, hitting 7-of-15 from the floor to go along with eight rebounds. Miller countered with a 4-of-7 performance, draining 3-of-5 from 3-point range, en route to his fourth career double-digit outing. UNCG was sparked by the play of Trevis Simpson (23 pts.), Derrell Armstrong (14 pts.), Aloysius Henry (13 pts.) and Korey Van Dussen (11 pts.).
The Bulldogs hit 24-of-56 (42.9%) from the floor, including five from beyond the arc, to go along with an 18-of-25 (72%) performance from the free throw line. The Citadel was paced by the performances of Groselle (6-7),Marshall Harris III (5-9), Miller (4-5) and DeVontae Wright (3-4), from the charity stripe. Those five free throw conversions led Harris III to seven points. Teammate C.J. Bray chipped in seven points as well, while Greensboro native Jordan Robertson came off the bench to score four points. The combination of Groselle and Wright, who finished with eight and seven rebounds respectively, led the Cadets in the post. The Citadel slips to 4-18 overall and 1-10 in SoCon play, following the loss.
UNCG (9-14, 7-4) extended their winning streak to seven straight behind a 31-of-58 (53.4%) shooting performance. The Spartans managed 8-of-20 (40%) from beyond the arc, highlighted by three long range shots apiece from Simpson and Armstrong. Simpson capped off his 23-point showing by hitting 6-of-14 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the free throw line, while pulling down seven rebounds. Henry also made six fields, followed closely by Armstrong and Van Dussen, who had five field goals apiece. UNC Greensboro finished with a 35-28 advantage on the boards, allowing for a six point difference (32-26) in points in the paint.
Trailing by 39-29 at the intermission, the two teams traded baskets to open the second half, before a 3-pointer by Bray gave The Citadel momentum and sliced the advantage to 45-37.
Continuing to chip away at the UNCG lead, four points by Bo Holston drew the Dogs within four, 45-41.
UNCG retaliated with a 9-3 run, over the next 1:35 of the game, pulling in front 54-44, behind three points apiece from Henry, Van Dussen and Drew Parker.
The Cadets came within single digits on just two final occasions, the latter following a 3-pointer by Miller, over the remaining 11:21 of the contest.
Trailing 64-51, following a Simpson jumper, two teams were evenly matched as The Citadel slightly edged UNCG, 20-17 in scoring, over the final 10:37 of the contest. Groselle scored eight of the Bulldogs final 20 points, as they were unable to mount a comeback against the aggressive Spartans defense.
UNCG closed out the victory behind six Simpson free throws down the stretch to complete the 82-71 win.
Leading 64-51, following a jumper by Simpson, the two teams matched each other point differential between the two teams was just three points, 20-17, over the final 10:37 of the contest.
The Citadel closed the first half by hitting 10-of-22 (45.5%) from the field, which included a lone 3-pointer. Groselle led the way for the Bulldogs with 10 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-5 free throw attempts. Teammate Lawrence Miller came off the bench to score seven points, hitting a 3-pointer in the process, and finished 4-of-5 from the line. The Dogs inside presence included three rebounds each from the combination of Groselle, Wright and Holston.
Meanwhile, UNC Greensboro hit on 16-of-31 (51.6%) attempts, taking advantage of 6-of-13 (46.2%) shooting from beyond the arc to head into the intermission with a 39-29 lead. The Spartans were led by the scoring tandem of Armstrong (14 pts.) and Simpson (11 pts.), while Aloysius Henry came off the bench to score six points and add three rebounds. Armstrong finished 5-of-8 from the floor and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Simpson followed closely with a 4-of-9 performance from the floor, knocking down 3-of-6 3-point attempts.
UNCG took advantage of Simpson's long range 3-pointers to open an 11-4 lead within the first 2:16 of play.
Continuing to apply pressure on the Spartans, Holston found Miller on the right elbow for a 3-pointer that trimmed the lead to 15-13. After a UNCG turnover Miller drew a foul from Armstrong, hitting all three free throws to make for a one-point Citadel advantage.
After regaining the lead, 20-18, on a layup by Groselle, The Citadel was outscored 9-0 over the next 2:34 as UNCG took advantage of an Armstrong 3-pointer to spark the run. The Cadets halted the scoreless streak with back-to-back buckets by Harris III and Groselle to move within three.
Leading 29-25 at the 5:09 mark of the opening frame, UNCG outscored the Dogs 10-2 to forge ahead 39-27 with under a minute to play. Armstrong scored eight of the Spartans points during that run, including a 3-pointer that made for the first double-digit lead of the contest.