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Citadel smothers GSU
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Georgia Southern guard C.J. Reed, right, pulls up for a jump shot at The Citadel's Mike Groselle cuts off his drive during the second half at Hanner Fieldhouse on Saturday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Southern Conference Basketball Standings
Team                       SoCon  All   
Samford                         5-1  7-12
Western Carolina            5-2  8-11
Elon                               4-2  11-7
Chattanooga                   3-3  8-11
Appalachian St.              3-3  7-10
UNC Greensboro           2-3  4-12
Team                      SoCon  All  
Davidson                       6-1  11-7
Charleston                     4-3  12-7
Ga. Southern                2-4 8-11
Wofford                         1-5   7-12
Furman                          1-4   4-12
Citadel                           1-6   4-13

Saturday's Scores   
    The Citadel 70, Georgia Southern 55
    Elon 68, Wofford 61
    Davidson 77, Charleston 68
    Western Carolina 90, Chattanooga 81
    Samford 72, Appalachian State 68

Today's Women's Game
Wofford (5-9, 0-6) at Ga. Southern (2-14, 1-6)

1 p.m., 91.9 FM
Hanner Fieldhouse

Quick Notes:
    Georgia Southern is sponsoring a "White Out," and fans are encouraged to wear white in support of the Eagles.

    The Eagles finished off a stretch in which they played five games in 10 days with a 56-41 loss at Samford Monday and have had almost a full week between games.

SoCon Women's Basketball Standings   
Team                   SoCon  All  
Chattanooga                6-1 13-3
Elon                            6-1  9-7
Samford                      6-1  9-7
Appalachian St.           5-1 11-3
Davidson                     5-1  8-8
Charleston                   3-4  7-9
Western Carolina         2-4 4-11
Furman                       2-5 6-10
Ga. Southern             1-6 2-14
Wofford                      0-6  5-9
UNC Greensboro        0-6 3-12

Sunday's Games   
    Wofford at Georgia Southern, 1 p.m.
    Chattanooga at Western Carolina, 2 p.m.
    UNCG at Appalachian St., 2 p.m.
    Elon at Charleston, 2 p.m.
    Samford at Davidson, 2 p.m.

    The last thing Georgia Southern wanted to do after beating Davidson and Charleston was to become The Citadel’s second Division-I win of the season.
    The Citadel had other plans.
    The Bulldogs got 21 points from 6-foot-6 freshman guard Matt Van Scyoc and snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating GSU, 70-55, on Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
    The Citadel (4-13, 1-6 Southern Conference) shot a season-high 60 percent from the floor, while the Eagles (8-11, 2-4) struggled to find scoring throughout the game. They were 20 for 56 from the floor (35.7 percent), and 7 of 27 from behind the 3-point line.
    “We got a lot of good looks,” GSU coach Charlton Young said. “They made us pass it a few times, but I think, quite frankly, shots we usually make, we didn’t make. I thought our kids played hard, but when things went wrong we didn’t respond to adversity well.”
    On defense, the Bulldogs played zone the entire game.
    The Citadel hadn’t won since beating Union College on Dec. 17, and won its only D-I game against Virginia Military Institute in the season opener on Nov. 10.
    Georgia Southern was paced by C.J. Reed (13 points), who led GSU for the third-straight game. Reed made 3 of 10 3-point attempts.
    The Eagles never got within 10 points in the second half, after a 3 by Van Scyoc made it 34-22 on the first bucket after halftime.
    The Citadel was above 50 percent from 3-point land, making 9 of 17 tries, including 5 of 8 from Van Scyoc.
    The Eagles looked to have things well under control in the first half, when they took an 18-12 lead after Brian Holmes laced it underneath to Reed for an easy layup.
    Things were going so bad for the Bulldogs at one point that when Holmes couldn’t find a GSU player on an inbound underneath the basket, he threw it off the back of a Citadel player and inbounded it to himself.
    The Bulldogs charged ahead, however, sparked by P.J. Horgan.
    Horgan made a pair of free throws, then after the teams traded jump balls, dunked it off an assist from Mike Groselle, who scored 15 points for The Citadel.
    Horgan got another dunk off a cross-court baseball pass from Groselle with 1:21 remaining in the first period.
    That was followed by a steal and easy layup by Janeil Jenkins.
    The Bulldogs ended the first half on a 19-4 run, capped off when Lawrence Miller drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer that left Georgia Southern trailing at the half, 31-22.
    “We feel like we can beat anybody in this league on any given night,” Young said, “but if we don’t play well, we can be beat on any given night. We didn’t play well tonight.”
    The Eagles will play three-straight on the road, beginning Thursday in Boone, N.C., Against Appalachian State at 7 p.m.,
    “We’ve handled adversity all year,” Young said. “This definitely was adversity. Everybody thought we were dead before, then we came out and threw two big haymakers. Right now, we’re in a one-game Super Bowl.”
    The game against The Citadel was played in front of a season-high crowd of 2,231.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.