Citadel basketball drops overtime decision at Wofford, 79-75
SPARTANBURG - The Citadel basketball team built another double-digit, second-half lead Thursday night at Wofford, only to see it fade away in the final minutes of another loss.
This time, the Terriers needed overtime for a 79-75 victory at Benjamin Johnson Arena, overcoming the Bulldogs' 11-point lead to improve to 7-8 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Conference.
The Citadel, which could not hold a 12-point lead in Monday's 82-78 loss to Chattanooga, has lost five straight and nine of 10 to drop to 4-13 overall and 0-2 in the league.
Lee Skinner scored 28 points with 13 rebounds for Wofford, reminding Citadel coach Chuck Driesell of the 30 points and 14 boards collected by Chattanooga's Z. Mason on Monday.
"We didn't have an answer for Skinner, and again we let one guy hurt us," he said. "And we've got to find a way to keep guys off the glass."
Skinner had six offensive rebounds and the Terriers totaled 17, after Chattanooga collected 22 on Monday.
"We're giving up way too many second shots," Driesell said. "It's not the first shot that's hurting us, it's the second shot. We've got to do a better job there."
Defense and foul shooting (the Bulldogs were 9 of 19) spoiled a solid offensive effort that saw The Citadel shoot 54.9 percent, making 10 of 16 from 3-point range.
Matt Van Scyoc hit 6 of 7 treys for 22 points, Ashton Moore added 19 and Quinton Marshall had a career-best 17 for The Citadel.
Down 78-75 at the end of overtime, Moore missed a leaning 3-pointer in the final seconds, and Marshall's try at a tip-in was wide of the mark.
At the end of regulation, Van Scyoc hit a trey with 50 seconds left for a 70-68 lead. Wofford's Karl Cochran answered with a jumper with 35 seconds left to knot the score at 70-70. The Citadel held the ball for the final shot, but Moore's jumper missed.
The Citadel plays Saturday at Elon (8-8, 1-1).