First it was Arlon Harper. Then it was Saah Nimley, folllowed by Jeremy Sexton.
By the end of the night, most of Charleston Southern’s basketball players had taken their turn plundering The Citadel’s defense. The Buccaneers shot a sizzling 61 percent and made 14 3-points shot en route to a 101-73 victory before a raucous crowd at the CSU Field House.
Harper scored a career-high 30 points, and Nimley and Sexton scored 20 each as the 3-5 Bucs earned their first Division I victory and a split of two games with crosstown rivals The Citadel and College of Charleston. CSU lost to the Cougars, 72-67, a week ago.
The Citadel (3-4) lost its third straight game this season and fourth in a row to CSU. Mike Groselle scored 18 points and became the 30th Citadel player to score 1,000 career points.
Up by 47-33 at the break, CSU hit 10 of its first 12 shots to start the second half and zoomed out to a 74-43 lead.
The Bucs took turns getting hot against the Bulldogs’ 2-3 zone while building that halftime advantage.
First it was Harper, who hit his first five shots (including three 3-pointers) as the Bucs jumped to a quick 21-13 lead. Nimley scored seven points as the Bucs stretched the lead to 29-13.
The Bulldogs got the margin down to 10 at 38-28 before Sexton, who also cracked the 1,000-point mark, lit up the final 2:11. He scored nine points in that span to get the Bucs’ lead back up to 47-30. The Citadel’s Marshall Harris rattled in a trey at the buzzer to cut the halftime margin to 47-33.
The Citadel is off until Dec. 15, when it continues a stretch of six straight road games at St. Bonaventure. CSU is at East Tennessee State on Dec. 18.
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