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DATE & TIME: Monday, February 24, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: CSS. Home Record: Samford 9-3, Citadel 4-8. Away Record: Samford 2-14, Citadel 0-15. Neutral Record: Samford 0-0, Citadel 0-2. Conference Record: Samford 5-8, Citadel 0-14. Series Record: The Citadel leads, 7-4.
GAME NOTES: The Citadel tries yet again to break through against a Southern Conference foe, as the Bulldogs clash with Samford's version of the Bulldogs at McAlister Field House on Monday night.
The Citadel has been absolutely dreadful this season, winning a total of four games in 29 chances, but only one of those victories has come against another Division I foe (Presbyterian). Since taking down Brevard (79-68) on Dec. 18, The Citadel has bowed in 17 consecutive outings, including a 70-52 final on Saturday against Western Carolina.
Needless to say, tonight's hosts are all alone at the bottom of the SoCon standings with a record of 0-14.
Meanwhile, Samford is in the bottom half of the conference standings as well with a record of 5-8. The team has enjoyed an extended break in the schedule since being beaten up by Elon back on Feb. 15 in an 86-69 final on the road. The setback was the second in a row and the third in four games for Samford.
In terms of the all-time series, The Citadel owns a 7-4 edge, although Samford won the two meetings last season.
Against the Phoenix, Tim Williams scored a team-best 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 37 minutes of action, but it wasn't enough to get Samford over the top versus Elon. Also scoring in double figures were Raijon Kelly and Isaiah Williams with 17 and 13 points, respectively, as the team stayed within striking distance thanks to just six turnovers, but at the same time struggled at the free-throw line, 12-of-23.
On a team that is generating 70.8 ppg through 28 contests, the leading scorer for Samford is Tim Williams with his 17.2 ppg, thanks to an impressive 60.9 percent shooting from the floor. Smart enough to know that his strength lies in staying close to the basket, Tim Williams also leads the squad with 7.3 rpg. Isaiah Williams checks in with 12.4 ppg, followed by Kelly with 10.9 ppg as the pair combines to hand out 164 assists.
Ashton Moore tallied 16 points and Matt Van Scyoc pitched in with 10 and five boards off the bench for a Bulldogs team from The Citadel that suffered an 18- point loss on the road over the weekend versus the Catamounts. The Citadel scored the first points of the game on Saturday, but it wasn't long before the hosts moved out to a commanding 15-3 advantage and cruised to a 35-25 advantage at the break by limiting the Bulldogs to only 10 field goals through the first 20 minutes of action.
For a team that has won only once in the last 22 outings, with three of their four victories on the campaign coming against opponents that are not members of Division I, Van Scyoc currently leads the program in scoring with 14.1 ppg, but in the last three outings the leader has been Moore (13.0 ppg). Van Scyoc and Moore have combined to knock down 113 of the unit's 176 3-pointers, the latter also placing second on the team with 104 assists in an effort to keep teammates involved in the action.
The Citadel certainly has some talent on the roster, but just not enough to make those Bulldogs a real competitor against the rest of the Southern Conference this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Samford 68, The Citadel 63
02/24 10:32:23 ET
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