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Moore, Van Scyoc Instrumental in Bulldogs 83-53 Victory Over Crusaders


Behind a combined 40 points from the duo of Ashton Mooreand Matt Van Scyoc, The Citadel earned its second straight victory at McAlister Field House as it downed North Greenville 83-53.

Moore connected on 7-of-11 from the field, knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers in the process, to finish with 21 points. He also dished out a team-high nine assists and climbed the glass for five rebounds.

Van Scyoc came through with 19 points for the Bulldogs, hitting 6-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Fellow sophomore Quinton Marshall was also instrumental, providing the Cadets with 10 points off the bench, after hitting 4-of-11 from the field, to go along with five rebounds. 

The Citadel (2-2) capped off their third 30-point victory under head coach Chuck Driesell by hitting 44.6 percent (29-65) from the floor. That included a 12-for-26 (46.2%) performance from downtown. Along with Moore and Van Scyoc, Marshall Harris III (2-4) and Raemond Robinson (2-2) also knocked down at least one 3-pointer.

Chris Dean and Micah Parker each reached double figures in scoring for the Crusaders, with 16 and 14 points, respectively. North Greenville (2-3), playing in their third game in as many days, converted 17-of-54 (31.5%) from the field and 5-of-23 (21.7%) from 3-point range.

The Crusaders did manage to out-rebound the Bulldogs (43-39) behind solid performances by Keith Johnson (nine rebounds) and Dean (eight).

Brian White's layup following a pass from Tom Koopman ended a scoreless drought to open second half as The Citadel gained a 46-26 advantage. The Crusaders answered with a 3-pointer off the hand of Dean, sparking an 11-3 run that included three points each from Parker and Johnson, as the lead was narrowed to 49-37.

A 3-pointer by Harris got the Bulldogs' offense back on track, while the defense held North Greenville to just two points over a span of 3:16 to extend the lead to 61-40.

The Crusaders ended their scoring drought with back-to-back buckets by Jai Jencks and Patrick George, but a series of 3-pointers by Robinson and Van Scyoc made for a 21-point difference.

Leading 67-48 with 7:24 remaining, the Bulldogs took advantage of six points from Marshall and four by Van Scyoc to move to .500 on the season with an 83-53 win.

Moore accounted for a bulk of The Citadel scoring in the first half, connecting on 5-of-6 from the floor, all from beyond the arc, en route to 16 points. The junior guard also dished out six assists to go along with two rebounds.

Van Scyoc joined Moore in double figures, knocking down 5-of-9 from the field and connecting on two from long distance to close out with 12 points.

The Bulldogs, who struggled to open the game, completed the half by hitting 17-of-34 (50%) from the floor and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from beyond the arc. Another key in the success of The Citadel's offensive output was its ability to limit itself to three turnovers.

The lone North Greenville player to reach double figures was Parker, who knocked down 3-of-7 from the floor to close with 11 points. He was joined in scoring by Dean, who added six points, while Johnson crashed the boards for five rebounds. Unable to handle The Citadel's defensive pressure, the Crusaders hit just 9-of-29 (31%) from the field and were a dismal 2-of-13 (15.4%) from 3-point range.

Trailing by one at the 15:14 mark of the first half, Moore connected on the first of four straight 3-pointers to ignite a 15-2 Citadel run that gave the Bulldogs a 21-9 advantage.

North Greenville answered with a flurry of baskets by Parker and Johnson, trimming the deficit to six, 24-18, before Moore found Van Scyoc for a jumper that pushed the margin back to eight.

The two teams traded baskets before a Van Scyoc buried a 3-pointer from the corner and followed with a running jumper in the lane and provided the Dogs with a 37-24 advantage.

The Citadel closed the opening frame on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a Moore 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, to take a 44-26 lead into the half.

The Bulldogs return to action on Monday when they take on Tennessee at Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville. The game, set to tip-off at 7 p.m., is being shown on ESPN3 with Randy Smith and Billy Justus providing the action.

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