Dogs Earn Fifth Straight Home Win

Citadelsports.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ashton Moore notched a team-high 15 points and led five players in double figures as The Citadel earned its fifth straight win at McAlister Field House with an 84-45 triumph over Warren Wilson on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire in the contest as they moved to 3-3 on the season.

Joining Moore in double-digit points among the starters included Quinton Marshall (14) and P.J. Horgan (12). Meanwhile, C.J. Bray and Jake Wright provided an added scoring punch among the reserves with 10 points apiece.

The Citadel finished 28-of-47 (59.6%) from the field and knocked down 9-of-15 (60%) from beyond the arc. By hitting better than 50 percent from the floor in each half, the Cadets tied the 2000-01 squad for the fourth-most consecutive home wins this century.

The Bulldogs also took advantage of 19-of-24 (79.2%) shooting from the charity stripe as they had their highest offensive output of the season.

Moore reached double figures due in large part to a 3-of-5 performance from 3-point range, finishing 5-of-8 from the field. Marshall was also successful from long distance as he converted all three attempts and closed the game hitting 5-of-7 from the floor.

Horgan applied his size in the post to maneuver past the Owls for a 5-of-9 outing as he topped the double figure mark for the fifth time in six games. Bray reached double digits in similar fashion as he finished 5-of-7 from the floor.

Wright tallied his second double figure performance in as many contests, knocking down 2-of-6 from 3-point range. He also converted the first four free throws of his Bulldog career.

The Citadel finished with a 23-7 advantage in total assists led by Moore (six) and Marshall Harris III (five). The Dogs also closed the game with a 38-32 edge in rebounds, highlighted by Brian White’s team-high seven, despite allowing 15 offensive boards.

Warren Wilson (6-5) was led by the tandem of Ty Johnson (21 points) and Timmy Johnson (17). Ty Johnson pumped in the game-high by hitting 8-of-22 from the floor and 4-of-15 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Timmy Johnson converted 6-of-12 from the field and knocked down three from long distance.

The biggest difference for the Owls came in the front court as the combination of Thomas Hays, Timmy Johnson and Ty Johnson combined for nine offensive boards. Hays, who led all rebounders with nine caroms, snagged four on the offensive glass.

The Citadel used eight points each by Horgan and Marshall to open up a 28-2 lead in the first 13:56 of the contest as it cruised to a 43-10 lead by the intermission. The Bulldogs noticeable advantage on the scoreboard was due to 15-of-26 (57.1%) shooting from the field.

Defensively, The Citadel held Warren Wilson to 10 points in the opening frame to tie for the third-fewest first half points in school history since 1969 as the Owls hit just 4-of-31 from the floor.

Warren Wilson managed to get the deficit under 30 points on three occasions throughout the second half, but the Bulldogs hit 13-of-21 (61.9%) from the field and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from 3-point range to secure the decisive win.

The Citadel now turns its attention to crosstown rival College of Charleston who welcomes the Bulldogs to TD Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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