Marshall Harris III notched his first career double-double, finishing with 12 assists and 11 points, as The Citadel earned an 80-63 victory over Georgia Southern at McAlister Field House on Saturday evening. He joins Cameron Wells as the only Bulldog to record a double-double by virtue of points and assists.
The junior point guard was vital as The Citadel (6-25, 2-14 SoCon) used a 12-2 run, which included seven points by Matt Van Scyoc, to break a 55-55 tie midway through the second half to earn its second straight victory heading into next weekend's conference tournament.
Van Scyoc and Raemond Robinson combined for three 3-pointers during the critical 4:45 stretch as the Bulldogs brought the crowd of 1,168 to their feet.
Georgia Southern (13-18, 6-10 SoCon) pulled the game within 69-60 following a 3-pointer by Brian Holmes, but it was the combination of four points by P.J. Horgan and three from Van Scyoc down the stretch that provided final double-digit margin.
Harris was one of four Bulldogs to reach double figures along with Van Scyoc (19 points), Moore (16) and Horgan (10). Harris, who guided the team to the fifth-most assists in program history, surpassed Todd Holstein for the most assists in a single game by a Bulldog.
Another key to the Cadets' success came on the glass where Horgan snagged nine rebounds and Tom Koopman pulled down six.
Separated by two points at the intermission the two teams battled to a 46-46 tie at the 14:41 mark of the second half following a layup by Koopman. After a series of stands on the defensive end, along with buckets by Quinton Marshall and Van Scyoc, the Bulldogs moved in front by five.
Tre Bussey countered with seven of the next nine points Georgia Southern to deadlock the game at 55-55 with 9:33 remaining.
The Citadel closed out its hot shooting second half by hitting 19-of-27 (70.4%) from the floor. It is the first time, since a 71.4 percent performance against Furman on Feb. 2, 2013, that the Dogs have eclipsed the 70 percent mark in the second half.
The Cadets knocked down 31-of-57 (54.4%) on the contest and connected on 10-of-24 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. They also finished with a 27-24 edge in points in the paint.
Bussey recorded a career-high 29 points for Georgia Southern in the loss. The senior guard converted 12-of-21 from the field, including four from beyond the arc, and was joined in double figures by Jelani Hewitt with 10 points.
and Kyle Doyle controlled the paint for the Eagles with seven rebounds and was
joined up front by Angel Mathias with six.
Georgia Southern closed the game hitting 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the field despite struggling from 3-point range where they hit just 7-of-21 (33.3%).
The Bulldogs used 3-pointers by Van Scyoc and Moore to assume 10-5 advantage 3:52 into the contest. Georgia Southern briefly cut the deficit to three just over two minutes later, but a second Moore trey pushed the margin 13-7.
The combination of six points by Bussey and a 3-pointer off the hand of Brian Holmes sparked a 12-6 run by the Eagles that brought the game to a 19-19 tie with 6:49 remaining.
The back-and-forth battle began at that point as neither team was able to gain more than a two-point advantage over the next 2:45. It was there that Bussey followed a missed layup by Hewitt to give GSU a 29-25 lead.
The Eagles lead eventually reached five, 33-28, after a jumper by Marvin Baynham with just over a minute left. The Citadel used 3-pointer by Moore and a layup by Brian White to close out the half on a 5-2 run.
The Citadel returns to action in the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament when it faces UNCG on Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m.