Citadel falls to JMU
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Homecoming was not sweet for The Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell on Monday night, as the Bulldogs lost by 67-49 to Driesell's former team at James Madison.
Humpty Hitchens and Julius Wells scored 12 points each for James Madison, where Driesell served as assistant head coach to his father, Lefty, for nine seasons.
The Bulldogs dropped to 2-8 with their sixth straight loss, their longest skid since last year's team lost seven in a row. The Citadel is at University of Denver on Thursday night.
Citadel center Mike Groselle was the only Bulldog to score in double figures, with 11 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
The Bulldogs shot just 35.8 percent from the field, made 6 of 21 from 3-point range and hit only 5 of 16 free throws.
"We've been focusing on defense, and that may have taken a toll on the offense," Driesell said. "But I don't think that's the case. We rushed some shots and weren't patient enough."
After giving up more than 80 points in five straight games, The Citadel kept JMU (5-3) to 67, though the Dukes did shoot 52 percent from the floor.
"Our defense was good enough, not great," Driesell said. "We held them to 67, which is okay. We were determined not to give up 80 like we have been."
At the start, the Bulldogs missed five shots with four turnovers as JMU jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The Citadel got to within 19-12, but the Dukes led by 34-21 at halftime and by 21 in the second half.
"They had us stymied a little at the beginning," Driesell said. "And when we got it going, it was too little, too late."
3-Point Field Goals -- Citadel 6-21 (Wright 2-3, Miller 2-6, Moore 1-4, Bray 1-4, Smith 0-1, Morabbi 0-1, Holston 0-2); JMU 8-22 (Semenov 3-3, Wells 3-5, Hitchens 2-6, Pierce 0-1, Moore 0-1, Marks 0-, Davis 0-5). Steals -- Citadel 6 (Harris 2, Moore 2); JMU 9 (Hitchens 3). Blocks -- Citadel 1 (Groselle); JMU 4 (Davis, Marks, Wells, Semenov). Turnovers -- Citadel 12 (Smith 3); JMU 11 (Moore 3). Technicals -- None.