Marshall Leads Way for The Citadel in 54-45 Setback to Mountaineers
BOONE, NC -
Appalachian State's Tab Hamilton recorded a game-high 17 points including six in the final two minutes of the contest as the Mountaineers completed their regular season sweep of The Citadel with a 54-45 victory at the Holmes Convocation Center in Thursday night Southern Conference action.
Hamilton was one of three Mountaineers (7-15, 3-6 SoCon) to reach double figures, along with Mike Neal (15) and Tommy Spagnolo who completed his third double-double in five games following a 12-point and 12-rebound performance.
Quinton Marshall knocked down 6-of-9 from the floor to lead The Citadel (4-21, 0-10) in double figures with 13 points. He also climbed the glass for four rebounds and handed out three assists.
Matt Van Scyoc also reached double figures for the Bulldogs, scoring 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor. Teammate C.J. Bray added nine points, along with five rebounds, hitting 4-of-9 from the floor.
Clinging to a 44-43 lead at the 2:08 mark of the second half Appalachian State used an 11-2 run, keyed by six Hamilton points, to complete its 30th victory over The Citadel in SoCon play.
Hamilton opened the run with a jumper at the right elbow, following a pass from Chris Burgess that pushed the lead to three with 1:47 on the clock.
After holding The Citadel scoreless, Spagnolo knocked down a jump hook from just beyond the baseline to stretch the lead to 48-43. The Mountaineers allowed just one Citadel conversion during the run, a tip-in by Quinton Marshall, as their lead never slipped below five.
Trailing 27-21 entering the second half, The Citadel outscored App State 9-4 in the opening 3:45 of the frame to trim the margin to one.
Appalachian State countered with an 11-4 run behind a pair of 3-pointers by Ty Toney and Neal to stretch the margin to 42-34 with 11:04 remaining.
Five points by Van Scyoc, including the sophomore's second 3-pointer of the game, and two off the hand of Marshall sparked a 7-0 Citadel run that made for a 42-41 margin.
A 10-2 run by the Mountaineers over the final 3:17 of the first half, including 3-pointers by Chris Burgess and Mike Neal, allowed Appalachian State to take a six-point at the intermission.
Appalachian State's halftime lead was the largest of the half for either team as neither was able to establish itself offensively.
The Bulldogs used five points by Bray inside the first 4:27 of the contest to move out in front 5-2. Appalachian State answered by scoring the next straight points before Matt Van Scyoc drove home a 3-pointer to provide The Citadel with a 9-8 advantage.
The two teams traded baskets with neither able to gain greater than a one-point lead before Hamilton sent home a 3-pointer on a pass from Ty Toney to give ASU a 15-13 edge.
The Mountaineer lead eventually reached four, following two free throw shots by Michael Obacha, but a fall away 3-pointer by Marshall Harris III pulled the Cadets within 17-16 at the 3:47 mark.
Harris added a transition layup and a free throw, following a foul by Burgess, to bring the game to a 19-19 tie.
The Citadel returns to McAlister Field House on Saturday evening when it hosts Wofford at 7:05 p.m.
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