SOLID BULLDOG EFFORT FALLS SHORT TO COUGARS, 59-55

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.

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