GAME NOTES: The Appalachian State Mountaineers will entertain The Citadel Bulldogs in a Southern Conference matchup at the Holmes Center.
Citadel's miserable season has continued as the team enters the contest in the midst of a four-game losing streak and with only six wins on the season. This past Saturday, the Bulldogs were dealt a 72-57 home loss from the Davidson Wildcats, who clinched the SoCon South Division. Beginning tonight, the Bulldogs will close out the regular season with three of their final four games on the road.
Appalachian State has split its last four outings and is looking to build on Sunday's 76-68 triumph at UNC-Greensboro. The Mountaineers have hovered around the .500 mark all season long and entered the week 12-14 overall and 8-7 in conference play. Sunday's contest was their last road game of the regular season, as they'll wrap up their schedule with three straight at home.
ASU leads the all-time series, 51-24.
The Bulldogs dug themselves into a 17-point halftime hole in Saturday's matchup with Davidson, as they allowed the Wildcats to shoot 57.1 percent from the floor and sink 4-of-5 3-pointers in the opening frame. In addition, Citadel was held without a basket for a span of more than 10 minutes. Although the Bulldogs did put forth a much stronger effort in the second stanza, the damage had already been done. Mike Groselle had a team-high 21 points in the loss, while P.J. Horgan finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Groselle leads the team with 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season, and he is shooting a solid 58.2 percent from the floor. However, he pulled down only two rebounds against Davidson. Horgan (11.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) is also averaging double figures along with Matt Van Scyoc (10.9 ppg).
Like the Bulldogs, ASU's strength lies in the paint with forwards Nathan Healy (14.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Jay Canty (14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg). While Healy can certainly handle his own on the blocks, he also presents a unique matchup challenge in that he can step outside and hit the three (45-of-111). Tevin Baskin provides a spark off the bench, averaging 10.0 points in only 20.3 minutes per game. The Mountaineers led UNCG by only two points at the half in Sunday's meeting, but they managed to pull away in the second stanza behind a 55.6-percent shooting effort from the floor and five 3-pointers. Canty and Healy combined for 33 points and 15 rebounds, with Canty also adding six assists to his stat line. Michael Obacha (11 points) and Mike Neal (10 points) each grabbed eight boards for the Mountaineers, who enjoyed a 44-33 rebounding advantage for the game.
Although it has been a very trying season for the Bulldogs, they have been fairly competitive against smaller foes. However, they won't have the size advantage here against the Mountaineers, who also have the luxury of playing at home.
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