Moore and Robertson Lead Bulldogs in Tough 73-72 OT Loss to GSU

CHARLESTON, SC - Citadel freshmen Ashton Moore scored a game-high 24 points and Jordan Robertson added a career-high 10 rebounds, but it was an Georgia Southern's Willie Powers that made the difference in the Eagles 73-72 overtime victory at McAlister Field House on Saturday evening.

Moore scored his 24 points by hitting 6-of-16 from the field, including a pair from 3-point range, and finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He became the first Bulldog, since Cameron Wells hit 11 against Wofford on Feb. 5, 2011, to convert 10 free throw attempts. Joining Moore with double figure outings were Marshall Harris III (11 pts.) and Mike Groselle (10 pts.). Harris III capped off the fourth double-digit performance of his career by hitting 4-of-8 from the floor to go along with three free throws. Groselle chimed in with a 4-of-6 performance and pulled down six rebounds. Robertson led the team with 10 rebounds, four on the offensive glass, to give the Dogs a 41-31 edge on the boards. That allowed the Cadets to finish with a 40-38 advantage in the paint and outscore the Eagles 18-11 in second chance points. The loss drops The Citadel to 4-21 overall and 1-13 in the Southern Conference.

Sophomore Eric Ferguson's 14 points led four Georgia Southern players in scoring. Also eclipsing the double figure plateau for the Eagles were Powers (13 pts.), Ben Drayton (13 pts.) and Cameron Baskerville (10 pts.). Ferguson hit a game-high seven field goals, with Powers and Drayton finishing with six apiece. Georgia Southern (13-12, 11-4) finished the game by hitting 32-of-65 (49.2%) from the floor, despite being limited to 3-of-14 (21.4%) by a tenacious Citadel defense. Sophomore Jelani Hewitt climbed the glass for a team-best nine rebounds, three coming on the offensive end. Powers proved to be the catalyst for Georgia Southern, dishing out six assists and forcing four steals.

Leading by six at the intermission, The Citadel opened second half with a layup by Jordan Robertson to make for a 39-31 advantage.

Georgia Southern answered with a 10-2 run over the next 2:53 of the contest to pull even, 41-41, behind four points by Drayton.

After a series of ties, Moore put the Bulldogs back in front, 46-43, with an old fashioned three-point play. Just over a minute later Robertson pushed the lead to give, 50-45, on a bounce pass from Groselle.

Georgia Southern answered with an 11-6 run, behind seven points from Powers, to draw the game even at 56-56 with 9:19 in regulation.

The Eagles followed with back-to-back buckets from Tyrone Brown and Ferguson to take their first lead of the game since the opening bucket, moving in front 60-56. The lead eventually reached eight, 69-61, on a Hewitt 3-pointer with 5:10 left in the second half.

The Citadel used its zone defense to perfection, holding Georgia Southern scoreless for the remainder of the half, as Bo Holston tied the game on a dunk with 14 seconds left to make for the 69-69 tie.

In the overtime session, the Bulldogs took the early lead, 70-69, on a free throw by C.J. Bray. Just over a minute later Moore hit a jumper to make for a three-point advantage, before consecutive scores by Powers put Georgia Southern in front by one.

A pair of defensive stops with under a minute to go, along with a player control foul on Ferguson, gave The Citadel one last opportunity to earn the victory. A jumper by Moore with three seconds remaining rimmed out and allowed the Eagles to complete the 73-72 win.

Moore and Robertson made the biggest impact on the first half for The Citadel, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, respectively. Moore came off the bench to hit 3-of-6 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Dogs had a 19-12 edge due to the reserves. Robertson led the way with nine total rebounds, pulling down four on the offensive glass, as the Cadets finished with a 24-16 edge on the glass. Harris III scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting to lead all Citadel starters. The Bulldogs converted 11-of-30 (36.7%) from the floor in the opening frame and managed 13-of-16 (81.3%) from the charity stripe.

Georgia Southern opened the game by hitting 13-of-29 (44.8%) from the field, knocking down three attempts from beyond the arc. Drayton, who hit 4-of-5 from the field, including a long range 3-pointer, led the Eagles with nine points. Baskerville added six points in the post as Georgia Southern scored a collective 14 points in the paint.

After falling in an early 2-0 hole, The Citadel took advantage of three points each by Robertson and Harris III to move in front 8-2 at the 16:05 mark.

The lead eventually reached seven, following a series of free throws by Moore, as The Citadel moved in front 12-5 just over three minutes later.

After a Kameron Dunnican jumper pulled Georgia Southern within 14-9 of the lead, Moore sent home a 3-pointer from the corner on a pass from Harris to stretch the advantage to eight.

Just over three minutes later, after a series of scores by DeVontae Wright and Groselle, Moore drained his second 3-pointer of the half to give the Dogs an 11-point lead.

Georgia Southern answered with a 12-4 run of its own, behind five points from Drayton and four from Ferguson, to pull within 28-25 of the lead with 4:08 remaining.

Three points by Wright and two each from the inside combination of Groselle and Robertson allowed The Citadel to maintain a six-point edge, before a layup by Brown pulled the Eagles with 35-31 with seven seconds remaining. Moore answered with a coast-to-coast score for The Citadel, sending both teams to the lockerroom with a 37-31 Bulldog lead.

The Citadel now returns to the road for the next two contests when the Dogs head to Cullowhee for a Thursday night meeting with Western Carolina on Feb. 16. Two days later the Cadets play at Chattanooga, before returning home for the final weekend of the regular season.