A close game throughout, The Citadel pulled away late in the second half to take the 97-83 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in action Monday evening in Charleston, S.C. Freshman Jo’Vontae scored a career-high 26 points, becoming the first Blue Hose this season to go over the 20-point mark.
Player of the Game
Jo’Vontae Millner had a career night with a team-leading 26 points, shooting 769% off a 10-of-13 effort from the field. He also added five rebounds for second on the team.
Stat of the Game
With both teams connecting on 30 total field goals in the game, The Citadel came out on top after hitting 12-of-24 three-pointers, compared to a seven-of-19 effort from the Blue Hose. PC shot 48.4%, while The Citadel hit 55.6%. The bench came on strong for The Citadel with the Bulldogs holding the 42-25 advantage.
How It Happened
The Citadel high-powered offense led to several 10-point leads in the first half but PC kept chipping away, cutting the lead to three, 31-34, with 6:36 to go in the first and to two, 36-38, 4:35 left. A Reggie Dillard three-pointer at 3:46 even gave the visitors the 39-38 lead, 4:18 on the clock. That would be the last points for PC in the half as the Bulldogs ended the first on a 12-0 run to head to the locker room with the 50-39 lead.
The Blue Hose were able to make it a seven-point game several times throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half, including 61-68, off a Dillard lay-up with 11:56 remaining. A Davon Bell three-pointer at 10:38 made it a five-point game, 66-71, but the Bulldogs scored four unanswered to go up 73-66, 10:24 on the clock. PC made it 75-70 a couple of minutes later but a Bulldog three-pointer took the lead up to eight, 9:05 left. Bell’s lay-up at 6:26 cut the margin to 78-82, but a Frankie Johnson three put the Bulldogs up 85-78, just under six to play. A lay-up by Zane Najdawi gave The Citadel a 94-83 lead with a minute to go, with a three pointer giving the Bulldogs a 97-83 lead just 17 seconds to go. That would bit it as time expired to give the Bulldogs the 14-point win.
PC scored a season-high 83 points, the most since the 93 the Blue Hose recorded against Montreat early last season.
The 19 total assists is tied for ninth in the PC Division I record book.
Millner’s field goal percentage and field goals made is tied for 15th in PC’s record book.
For the Record
PC drops to 2-4, while The Citadel improves to 4-3.
The Blue Hose host Johnson & Wales Dec. 1. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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