Archive for December, 2014

Citadel turns back Bethune-Cookman, 51-47

December 31, 2014

By Danny Reed Special to The Post and Courier
Dec 30 2014 10:40 pm

On a night where The Citadel’s offense struggled, the Bulldog defense held Bethune-Cookman without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in the second half in a 51-47 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night at McAlister Field House.

In its final non-conference tune-up, The Citadel (5-7) shot 33 percent overall but also limited Bethune-Cookman (3-10) to just 33 percent from the field – its best performance against a Division I school since Feb. 2012 – and 1-of-10 from three-point territory in improving to 5-1 at home and sending the Wildcats to their 23rd consecutive non-conference road loss.

“We’ve been preaching to this ball club that that’s what we want to be judged on every game is our defense, not our offense,” said Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell. “Our defense is what won this game for us.”

Ashton Moore registered 20 points for the Bulldogs – 13 of which came in the second half – on 8-of-17 shooting and 4-of-12 from distance, while P.J. Horgan dropped in 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and tied a career best with three steals. Point guard Marshall Harris returned after missing three games with an ankle injury and dished out a team-best four assists in 25 minutes of action.

Although Bethune-Cookman played without three regulars due to suspension including leading scorer Clemmye Owens, upstart guard Brandon Stewart – playing in just his second game of the season – converted an and-1 layup with 17:21 to play in the game, giving Bethune-Cookman the 26-25 advantage. The Wildcats would not hit another shot for the next 9:34, as Moore began his usual second-half assault. “We’ve been spending a lot of time in practice on defense and all the different nuances,” Driesell said. “It’s starting to pay off for us.”

With the Bulldogs ahead 31-28 at the 11:21 mark, the 6-1 senior from Suffolk, Va., scored The Citadel’s next eight points, including consecutive 3s around a Bethune-Cookman turnover for the Bulldogs’ largest lead at 39-31 with 8:06 left.

While the Wildcats stayed close by scoring 13 of their 25 second-half points at the free-throw line, the Bulldog defense would not let the lead slip in adding to their best home start since the 2004-05 season.

The Citadel made 5-of-6 at the line over the final 39 seconds and converted 15-of-19 overall for 79 percent.

“That’s one of the best things about being on break is that the guys can come in and get extra shots up,” Driesell said. “We spent a lot of time at the free throw line the last four days and it paid off tonight.”

Bethune Cookman’s Mikel Trapp and The Citadel’s CJ Bray traded triples in the game’s first minute for a 3-3 tie, but the Bulldogs missed their ensuing eight shots from over the next 6:03, and the Wildcats took a 13-3 lead at the 13:07 mark of the half, prompting a timeout from Driesell. “I challenged the guys about playing with great effort and having a passion for detail,” he said. “I asked them, ‘How do you feel like you’re doing?’ They said, ‘We gotta pick it up,’ and they went out and did it.”

The Wildcats were limited to only four field goals the rest of the half while the Bulldogs went on a 20-9 closing run. Horgan’s two free throws with 13 seconds left in the half helped the Bulldogs to their first lead at 23-22 into halftime.

Stewart notched a career-high 22 points on 10-of-14 at the line for Bethune-Cookman.

“I think we have to clean some things up on the offensive end, but the guys are feeling pretty good about their defense,” Driesell said. “We need to win one on the road to give our guys confidence on the defensive end because that’s what it takes to win on the road.”

The Citadel resumes Southern Conference play at Western Carolina on Saturday, looking to snap a 21-game road losing streak that dates back to February 2013. Tipoff at the Ramsey Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Notes:
By virtue of four made 3s, Ashton Moore moved into seventh place on The Citadel’s career made 3-pointers list with 163.

With four assists, Marshall Harris now has 398 for his career, third-most in school

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MOORE SCORES 27 IN THREE-POINT LOSS TO HOKIES

December 22, 2014

Ashton Moore in action

Ashton Moore in action


Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Ashton Moore poured in a game-high 27 points, highlighted by a career-best seven 3-pointers, but it was four free throws inside the final minute of play that made the difference as Virginia Tech emerged with a 64-61 victory over The Citadel at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Facing a 42-33 deficit following a dunk by Virginia Tech’s (6-4) Jalen Hudson, The Citadel used eight points by Moore and four from Quinton Marshall to move within one point with 9:28 left in the game. The Dogs defense, teamed with the sharpshooting Moore, allowed The Citadel (4-6) to regain the lead 46-44 for the first time since the opening minutes of the half. The two teams traded baskets with neither able to gain more than a two-point advantage before Jake Wright and Moore knocked down back-to-back treys to give the Dogs a 54-50 lead with just under six minutes left.

Virginia Tech responded with a dunk by Shane Henry and a layup from Justin Bibbs as it forced the first of three ties, 54-54, during a 1:52 span. The Hokies regained the advantage on a layup by Devin Wilson and after a series of missed 3-pointers by Wright and Moore managed to add to their lead, 61-58, with a Wilson free throw with 36 seconds left in the contest.

Unable to counter on the offensive end, The Citadel fell behind by five on a pair of free throws by Jalen Hudson. Junior C.J. Bray knocked down an open 3-pointer to help the Bulldogs pull within two with 7.7 left on the clock. After Bibbs stretched the margin back to three, following a series of free throws, the Dogs had one final attempt to send the game into overtime, but the Moore 3-pointer fell short of its mark.

Moore capped off his afternoon by finishing 8-of-22 from the field and 7-of-15 from 3-point range. The Suffolk, Va., native became the first player since Zach Urbanus (Chattanooga, Feb. 6, 2010) to hit seven treys for the Cadets. He was joined in double figures by Jake Wright, who tallied 12 points after hitting 4-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Moore also posted a game-high eight boards, one shy of his career high, as P.J. Horgan and C.J. Bray pulled down six each.Another key to the Dogs success throughout the game was the play of point guards Warren Sledge (five assists) and Tim Broom (three).

While The Citadel was unable to find its touch from the field, hitting just 21-of-62 (33.9%), the 13 3-point field goals were the 10th-most in program history for a single-game. Virginia Tech was led offensively by the trio of Adam Smith (16 points), Joey van Zegeren (10) and Wilson (10). Ahmed Hill proved to be the difference on the glass for the Hokies with seven rebounds. Virginia Tech scored 36 of its 64 total points in the paint, along the way hitting 23-of-55 (41.8%) from the field. However, the Hokies struggled from the perimeter as they managed to convert just 3-of-16 (18.8%).

After falling behind 7-4 early in the opening half, The Citadel outscored Virginia Tech 16-7 during a 6:21 stretch to establish its largest lead of the game. The Bulldogs capitalized on two 3-pointers by Moore and Wright during that span as they assumed a 20-14 lead and grabbed momentum of the contest.

Virginia Tech responded to the challenge, climbing to within one on a jumper by Hill, but the combination of solid defense with timely 3-point conversions by Warren Sledge and Bray over the final 5:21 of the half allowed The Citadel to take a 27-22 lead into the intermission.

The Bulldogs now travel to Michigan State for a 6 p.m. contest with the Spartans on Dec. 22 in East Lansing. From there The Citadel will head home for Christmas break.

THE CITADEL FOOTBALL TEAM AWARDS BANQUET

December 22, 2014
Coach Houston with the serniors

Coach Houston with the seniors

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Aaron Miller, Joe Crochet and Craig Miller headlined the award winners at The Citadel’s annual football banquet held Wednesday night at the Holliday Alumni Center.

Aaron Miller was named the team’s offensive player of the year. The senior quarterback ranked second in the Southern Conference with 1,080 rushing yards, the highest total by a Bulldog since 1998, and finished the regular season 31st in the nation and second among quarterbacks. He was twice named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week in 2014. Against Charlotte he rushed for a career-high 197 yards and passed for 136 and two touchdowns. He then accounted for 233 total yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Furman. Miller finished his career with 1,852 yards on the ground, the fourth most of any quarterback in Citadel history, and his 24 rushing touchdowns ranks seventh regardless of position. He passed for 1,970 yards over the past four years and ranks 11th in school history with 3,822 yards of total offense.

Crochet earned top defensive honors after recording 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries while starting nine times. The sophomore defensive end forced three fumbles including two in the season finale against VMI and recovered two others. He had a season-high five tackles against Wofford and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage against Furman.

Craig Miller was tabbed as the special teams player of the year. The junior played in all 12 contests in his first season on the active roster, and his seven special teams stops, including two against Gardner-Webb, led the Bulldogs. Miller also saw some action at slot back during the course of the season.

The evening got underway with the recognition of 60 lettermen including seniors Julian Baxter (safety), Victor Hill (offensive line), Aaron Miller (quarterback), Cam Mobley (defensive tackle), Rah Muhammad (bandit), Justin Oxendine (defensive end), Carl Robinson (linebacker), Walker Smith (cornerback), Jake Stenson (slot back), Kevin Thornton (defensive back) and Dalton Trevino (slot back). Miller, Muhammad, Robinson and Stenson were announced as permanent team captains for the 2014 season. Muhammad, who also received the Team Military Captain Award, ranked second on the team with 70 tackles and played in 41 games during his career with 29 starts. He posted a total of 166 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss over the past four years. Robinson started 34 of 37 games during his career and had 241 tackles, tied for the eighth most this century.

Stenson was the recipient of the Linwood Sikes Award for outstanding effort in games, practice and offseason workouts. During his senior year he was third on the team with 597 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns. He had career-high games of 120 yards against Coastal Carolina and VMI.

Mobley earned the Team Before Self Award from The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. During his senior season, the defensive tackle started all 12 games and played in a total of 43 contests with 26 starts during his career. Mobley made 25 tackles this fall, including three tackles for loss and shared a sack against Furman.

Junior offensive guard Sam Frye (first team) and junior defensive tackle Mitchell Jeter (second team) were honored for their selection to the All-SoCon team as were slot back Cam Jackson, B-back Isiaha Smith and cornerback Dee Delaney for their inclusion on the league’s all-freshman team.

Frye picked up The Citadel Football Association Blood & Guts Award, epitomizing the player who gives total effort on the practice field. Frye anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the Bulldogs to rank second in the nation with 347 yards rushing per game. He has started all 24 games the past two seasons and was on the field for all 907 offensive snaps in 2014.

Fellow offensive lineman Kyle Weaver received the Cal McCombs Award, which is given to the player who best represents the virtues of moral character, courage, contribution and commitment. Weaver moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman and was on the field for 895 of The Citadel’s 907 offensive snaps, going the distance in all but one game.

The Ann Seignious Award for academic and football excellence was presented to sophomore safety Malik Diggs. He ranked third on the team with 67 tackles and had his first career interception against Western Carolina. Diggs was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after making nine tackles and recovering two fumbles against VMI and has a 3.15 cumulative grade point average.

The JB Weber Academic Achievement Award went to junior defensive lineman Paul Brown. A member of the team the past four years, Brown has taken advantage of every opportunity he has been afforded at the school and is graduating with a degree in business administration.

The scout team players of the year were Greg DiCocco (offense), Steven Knowles (defense) and Tremaine Shivers (special teams). Equipment department fixture Will Small was presented with the Kickoff Tee Go-Getter Award for the fastest, most focused individual in the SoCon. He was the runner-up in the league in a season-long battle with Chattanooga.

The Citadel maintains highest standards, earns college-wide accreditation

December 9, 2014

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After a thorough examination of every aspect of the college, The Citadel has received a renewed 10-year accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Military College of South Carolina was awarded reaffirmation of accreditation with no recommendations for improvements or further action required. The SACS Commission on Colleges made the announcement today during its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Accreditation means that The Citadel has maintained the high standards required by the primary credentialing agency for Southern colleges and universities. The SACS Commission on Colleges accreditation is good for 10 years and brings to a close three years of extensive self-examination at The Citadel.

A SACS Commission on Colleges team visited the college in March and April, meeting with faculty, administrators, and students examining services, policies, and practices. A major component of The Citadel’s reaffirmation process included the evaluation of Ethics in Action, The Citadel’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Ethics in Action is a four-year developmental curriculum designed to enhance students’ ethical reasoning skills through yearly ethics courses and additional training.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa commended the college’s faculty and staff for their extensive and dedicated work in preparing the in-depth program analysis required by SACS Commission on Colleges and in achieving a “no further actions required” status. He also noted the importance of examining and verifying accreditation for students and parents considering any college.

“Accreditation matters when mapping out a path to a successful career,” said Rosa. “Students graduating from reputable institutions with programs examined and tested by recognized accrediting authorities can be confident they are receiving top quality educational experiences that will help them be competitive when entering the job market.”

SACS Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America, as well as other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

See more at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/sacs-2014#sthash.KmVZSsRh.dpuf

Citadel sinks Navy, 67-60

December 9, 2014
Jake Wright is a "gaudy Knob" but he sure can shoot!

Jake Wright is a “gaudy Knob” but he sure can shoot!

By Danny Reed Special to The Post and Courier
Dec 6 2014 6:00 pm

Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell has preached team basketball on both ends of the floor throughout his tenure. His veteran squad responded when it had to – and so did the rest of the Corps of Cadets – in a highly competitive 67-60 victory over Navy on Saturday at McAlister Field House.

A 7-0 Navy (2-7) run late in the second half gave the Midshipmen their largest lead at 50-46, when Driesell called a key timeout with 5:54 remaining. The Dogs (4-4) promptly went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to seize a 55-52 lead they would not relinquish in improving to 4-0 at home for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Cadets also have notched six straight home wins overall for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

“We knew that we needed to score, so we talked about our offense getting a good possession and keeping them off the boards,” said Driesell, whose team avenged a 79-74 loss in Annapolis a year ago. “That’s when we got things rolling.” Ashton Moore’s only three of the game with 4:56 left cut the deficit to one at 52-51, and Marshall Harris immediately followed with a steal off Navy’s Tillman Dunbar and converted a driving layup for the 53-52 Bulldog edge. PJ Horgan’s layup with 3:40 to play upped the cushion to 55-52, and the defense took it from there, holding Navy without a field goal for more than four minutes.

With 1:52 to play, Harris violently collided with Navy’s Shawn Anderson in the backcourt and left the game with a left leg injury, handing the keys to the car to sophomore Warren Sledge, who piloted the offense to victory with a career-best seven assists. The Citadel hit six-of-eight at the free-throw line in the final 59 seconds to seal the deal much to the pleasure of 1,626 in attendance and the Corps, who rushed The Citadel bench after the final buzzer.

Freshman Jake Wright poured in a career-high 21 points – 15 after halftime – on 6-of-10 from 3-point territory, leading an offense that shot 56 percent in the second half. He also hit 3-of-4 at the line in the final 16 seconds. “I knew I had it in me all along. I was just waiting for my chance,” said Wright, who registered the career high in just 20 minutes played. “I got a couple open looks early and knocked them down and felt good through the whole game.”

A first half that saw six ties and six lead changes was largely due to Wright’s timely shooting against Navy’s switch to from a pressure man-to-man to a 3-2 zone that opened up the corners. The Dogs hit four of their final five 3s of the half after starting 0-for-6. The Citadel’s top two scorers, Moore and Horgan, also were limited to a combined four points on 2-of-11 shooting, leaving plenty of opportunities. “I give [Wright] a lot of credit. We were struggling to score in the first half and he really opened things up for us,” added Driesell. “Defensively, Navy did a nice job keeping us from getting it inside.”

The Mids consistently doubled and tripled Horgan in the post, holding him to zero first-half points, but fellow senior CJ Bray took advantage, scoring nine of his 10 points before halftime and grabbing a team-best eight rebounds. Five straight Bulldog points broke a 21-21 tie at the 3:17 mark and in all produced a 26-24 halftime lead for the Cadets.

Navy’s leading scorer Brandon Venturini, who was blanked in the first half on 0-for-5 shooting, scored the Mids’ first 12 points of the second half, trading baskets with Wright at one point. The senior shot 7-of-11 in the half (4-of-5 from downtown) for a team-high 18 points. “It’s always good to see the ball go in,” said Venturini. “I had no confidence in the first half. But once the ball went in, my shot felt a lot better.”

The second half saw six more ties over the first 10 minutes, as neither team could gain the decisive edge. Wright’s sixth three with 8:58 to play gave the Dogs the lead back at 46-43 before the 7-0 Navy spurt. Moore scored nine of his 13 points in the second half, while Horgan dumped in all 12 of his points after the half and added five boards.

“It’s great to have a total team win like this,” said Moore. “Everybody stepped up today.”
The Citadel shot 47 percent from the field for the game and tied a season-high with nine 3s, while the defense held Navy to 41 percent and won the battle of the boards, 33-30. “I think we are playing our best defense of the year and the best defense of my career here [at The Citadel],” added Driesell. “Defense is what it’s all about. I think we are playing with confidence and guys are stepping up.”

The Citadel opens SoCon play Dec. 11 hosting Chattanooga, which was picked to finish second in the league’s preseason poll.

Notes
With 13 points, Ashton Moore now has 995 for his career and looks to become the 31st member of The Citadel’s 1,000 point club on Thursday.

With six assists, Marshall Harris has 394 for his career and can become just the third Bulldog in history with 400 on Thursday.

Jake Wright’s 21 points ties the most for a Citadel player against Navy, tying Ed Conroy’s 21-point effort against the Mids on Jan. 9, 1989.

The Citadel supported the Toys for Tots program, as everyone who donated a new, unopened toy received a free Coke Zero. The first 1,000 fans at McAlister Field House were given a Bulldog Tours Camo Koozie. Halftime entertainment was provided by the Real Encounter BMX team, which was recently featured on America’s Got Talent.

The Citadel’s 77th Christmas Candlelight Services Dec. 5 – 7

December 4, 2014

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One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. The services, which are held for the community and for visitors to Charleston, feature Christmas music performed by members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
The 2014 services will take place Dec. 5 – 7. Cadets who are part of the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, join their talents with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band, to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by Citadel families, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors from throughout the Charleston community to honor or remember someone they love.

There is no admission fee but early arrival is highly suggested.

Citadel notes: ‘Battle of the Blues’ set for Navy game

December 4, 2014

BY DANNY REED Special to The Post and Courier
Dec 2 2014 1:03 pm

The Citadel has announced several promotions for Saturday’s home basketball game against Navy at 1 p.m. The game has been designated as the “Battle of the Blues” and all fans wearing their Adidas Citadel basketball gear that was handed out at the home opener will receive free admission.

The Citadel will also be supporting the Toys for Tots program at Saturday’s game, with everyone donating a new, unopened toy receiving a free Coke Zero. The first 1,000 fans to McAlister Field House will receive a Bulldog Tours Koozie, and Balfour will be offering complimentary ring cleanings. At halftime, there will be a special presentation by the Real Encounter BMX team, which was recently featured on America’s Got Talent.

WRESTLERS IN VEGAS
The Bulldog wrestling team will compete in the 33rd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend. The event features 45 participating schools for the two-day event. It is the fifth of eight regular-season tournaments for The Citadel team.

Citadel begins ‘national search’ for new volleyball coach

December 4, 2014

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Dec 1 2014 2:27 pm

The Citadel will not renew the contract of volleyball coach Amir Khaledi and will begin a national search for his replacement, athletic director Jim Senter said Monday.

Khaledi took over as the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2011 after serving as an assistant for four years. He also was head coach at Charleston Southern from 1985-92.
The Citadel was 8-26 overall this season, with an 0-16 mark in the Southern Conference. “We are grateful for the hard work and dedication that Coach Khaledi has put into the volleyball program at The Citadel,” said Senter. “He has always had the best interests of The Citadel and his players in mind. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Khaledi’s contract ends on Dec. 31. “I am thankful to The Citadel for the opportunity to be part of the volleyball program,” said Khaledi. “I wish the team was more successful, but I understand the decision that was made.”

Citadel’s Marshall Harris discovers own faith during basketball mission trip

December 3, 2014
Citadel's Marshall Harris discovers own faith during basketball mission trip

Citadel’s Marshall Harris discovers own faith during basketball mission trip (photo by Spees Post&Courier

BY DANNY REED Special to The Post and Courier

A popular ad campaign for a well-known insurance agency chronicles the exploits of the Paul brothers and how they assist others: real-life Chris is one of the top point guards in the world known for expertly setting up his teammates, while fictitious Cliff helps people with auto, home and life troubles. Imagine if the two converged. The Citadel’s Marshall Harris turns imagination into reality.

On the hardwood, the Bulldogs senior point guard owns the fourth-most assists in school history and set the single-game school record with 12 assists last season against Georgia Southern. Off the hardwood, Harris is a devout Christian fresh off one of the most selfless and influential experiences of his life – a basketball mission trip to Guatemala through Athletes in Action (AIA), an organization that uses sports as a platform to spread their faith.

The idea for Harris to get involved with AIA came from Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell, a man of faith himself who comes from a religious family. His sister Pam is the senior pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. “Coach Driesell introduced me to what AIA was, and he thought it would be really good for me,” said Harris.

After some thought, Harris had enough faith in himself to get involved. “Reading the Bible and having a set of standards to live by have benefited me from the beginning,” Harris added. “Especially in basketball, you can’t get caught up in individual success. You have to know what you are playing for.”

Community service involvement has always been a central part of Marshall Harris’ life. A business administration major, he served as a YMCA Children’s Supervisor in the summer of 2012. That October, the San Antonio, Texas, native led a discussion with elementary school children on the topic of “Heroes in Everyday Life” and assisted them with their own classroom presentations.

The Guatemala experience, though, was a horse of a different color – not even on the same palette. “I was born in England, but outside of going to Canada last summer for basketball, I’ve never been out of the country,” Harris said. Before exiting the United States, Harris first had to head to Xenia, Ohio – about 20 miles outside of Dayton – for an AIA five-day training camp from July 6-10 for basketball preparation and for basic orientation to the program.

Harris’ travel team consisted of college players from New York to California, from Division I to NAIA schools. While the globe separated them, faith and basketball brought them together. But Harris found out how small the world can be.

It was at the house of the team’s host family that he joined a casual card game that included teammate Chris Hampton of Nyack College – a Division II liberal arts school in Nyack, N.Y. – and quickly learned more about himself. “We started talking, and Chris mentioned he was from New York originally,” said Harris. “It turned out that he grew up in the same area that my father did, almost in the same exact neighborhood. It was pretty crazy.”

While the team had to bond over a relatively brief amount of time, their abilities would be tested in a game at the nearby Lebanon Correctional Institution against its inmates. “It was an experience that not too many people will ever have,” Harris said. “It was a very different environment, but it still came down to the fact that it’s a game. It’s a way you can escape reality while still providing them with a valuable message of faith.”

When it finally came time for the nearly 2,700-mile trek to Guatemala for a 12-day mission trip in the heart of Central America, the focus and goals were clear, but the emotions of seeing a new place and a soaking in a new culture were thick and understandable for Marshall Harris. “I wanted to see everything at once. Everything was so different,” Harris said. “It was a culture shock seeing the narrow streets, a family of four on one moped, dead dogs laying on the side. It made me eager to get started.”

The journey covered nine cities over the course of 12 days with the team staying in a different locale practically each night. “Sometimes we stayed in hotels, sometimes we stayed with host families,” Harris said. “You had to bring your own toilet paper for the restroom, there was no A/C. It made me very thankful for what I had at home.”

A typical day for Harris certainly would not qualify under the lay person’s definition of typical. More often than not, the team would be abruptly awoken at 5 a.m. to the sound of loud music and firecrackers, which is a Guatemalan birthday tradition. After the “wake-up call,” an authentic Guatemalan meal of fried plantains, eggs and beans followed, then the team boarded the bus for the day’s activities. The bus rides were no picnic, sometimes lasting seven hours to get to the day’s site. Once the bus ride concluded, the team would hold clinics for children ages 6-15, schooling them on faith and basketball. Each clinic featured player testimonials on the impact that religion has had on their lives.

Harris – just like his teammates – emphasized playing for an “Audience of One.” “When you are playing on the court, you don’t have to worry about playing for certain people to get their approval,” Harris said. “God is going to approve of who you are and accepts you for who you are.” When time allowed, the team would explore other recreational routes. Some players swam. Others visited Plaza Magdalena, a shopping mall in the city of Coban. Harris went zip-lining. With his eyes closed. “I don’t do well with heights,” he said. “It was part of the experience though.”

The day would conclude with a game against the city or village’s local club team. Harris performed quite well, averaging 16 points per game over the tour. Focusing on that part of the trip would diminish and likely negate the overall purpose for the Guatemala mission trip. Marshall Harris established and maintained his perspective. It’s a lesson that will never leave him. “I struggle to play as well as I can, and I’m very hard on myself,” he said. “The trip made me more comfortable on the court and helped me realize that I am playing for God. That’s the biggest takeaway I could have.”

SOLID BULLDOG EFFORT FALLS SHORT TO COUGARS, 59-55

December 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. – With the balance of the game riding on a free throw by The Citadel’s Ashton Moore, a missed attempt on the front end of the one-and-one allowed College of Charleston to convert a breakaway dunk by Canyon Barry to secure a 59-55 victory at TD Bank Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Citadel (3-4) battled through a tough shooting second half (7-19 FG, 36.8%) to overcome a nine-point deficit inside the final six minutes, due in large part to Moore’s offensive touch. The Suffolk, Va., native warmed up with a 3-pointer, following a pass by Quinton Marshall, as the Dogs sliced a 46-37 Cougar lead to six. Moore pulled the Dogs to within four, 46-42, on a pair of free throws and after a turnover on the defensive end drove home a 3-pointer from the right wing to trim the margin to one.

College of Charleston (3-4) used timely scores by Barry and Adjehi Baru to forge back in front by five. However, the duo of Moore and Marshall Harris III, who drained a 3-pointer on a pass from Marshall, eventually knotted the contest at 50-all. The momentum shifted in The Citadel’s favor after a jumper by C.J. Bray and the fifth Moore trey of the evening gave the Dogs a 55-54 lead with 48 seconds remaining. However, the pendulum swung back to CofC when a three-point play by Donovan Gilmore, which included a foul on Marshall, with 29 seconds remaining gave the Cougars a two-point edge. With Moore controlling the ball and time ticking down the senior drew a foul from Joe Chealey to set up the one-and-one free throw.

Moore led three Bulldogs in double figures as he finished with 22 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the floor. All five field goals came from 3-point range as he knocked down 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. It marks the second time this season that Moore has connected on at least five 3-point field goals.

Charleston native C.J. Bray was also instrumental in The Citadel’s offense with 12 points and four rebounds as he made his first start of the season. He was joined by P.J. Horgan, who closed with 11 points and 10 rebounds, as the pair guided the Bulldogs front court to a 34-25 advantage in total rebounds. That provided Horgan with the fifth double-double of his career and second this season, both team highs. Horgan’s four offensive boards provided The Citadel with an 11-6 edge in that category.

College of Charleston was led offensively by the duo of Canyon Barry (14 points) and Donovan Gilmore (11). Baru and Chealey, who finished with nine points each, narrowly missed joining their teammates in double figures. Baru controlled the paint for the Cougars with a team-high nine boards as he pulled down six on the defensive glass. College of Charleston closed the contest by hitting 21-of-47 (44.7%) from the field, sparked by a first half in which it hit 10-of-20 from the floor.

The Bulldogs fed off the energy of the crowd as they battled throughout the opening frame, rebounding from an early 6-1 deficit to eventually deadlock the contest at eight-all. Sparked by a Chealey 3-pointer and free throws by Cameron Johnson the Cougars moved back in front, 17-13, but back-to-back long distance shots by Harris and Moore brought the game to a 19-19 tie.

A foul by Anthony Stitt allowed The Citadel to take its third lead of the opening frame with a series of free throws by Moore. The Bulldogs tacked on a layup by Sledge and a pair of free throw conversions by Bray to head into the intermission with a 33-28 advantage. The first half effort by the Bulldogs resulted in an 11-of-27 (40.7%) shooting performance that included 5-of-10 from long distance.