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.


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