The Citadel Basketball team responded to the challenge of the first ranked team at McAlister Field House in 10 years, hitting 12 three-pointers to remain close in a 69-56 loss to 12th ranked Michigan State. In front of 5,194 in attendance, the Bulldogs were led by the dynamic duo of Cameron Wells (16 pts.) and Zach Urbanus (14 pts.). Kalin Lucas responded with 17 points to lead all scorers, while Raymar Morgan added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans.
Citadel head coach Pat Conroy (courtesy of ESPN Radio 910 in Charleston)
“I was really proud of our effort” said Head Coach Ed Conroy following the game. “They came out in the first half and played with confidence, were aggressive and accomplished the things that we talked about. They did a great job of knocking the shots down.
The Citadel (6-5), who have converted double figures in three-pointers in three of their last four contests, missed their season-high of 13 (vs. Central Connecticut State) by the slimmest of margins. Urbanus led the team by knocking down 4-of-7, all but one coming in the first half, while Austin Dahn, Joe Wolfinger and Cosmo Morabbi each hit a pair. The 12-for-20 (60%) from beyond the arc marks the best conversion percentage of the season. Wells, who hit 5-of-13 from the field, dished out five assists in 39 minutes of action. Urbanus grabbed a team-best six rebounds, all defensive.
Drawing as close as three points on two occasions in the second half, the latter with 12:17 remaining, The Citadel battled hard with its Big Ten counterpart. However, a 10-4 run that spanned 5:17 of the half, separated the Spartans by a 61-51 margin. The Spartans (7-2) have now won a pair of game against Southern Conference opposition.