SPARTANBURG — Derrick Henry led five players in double figures with 18 points and The Citadel basketball team raced to a 95-90 victory over Georgia Southern on Wednesday night.
The victory boosted the Bulldogs to 3-2 on the season, and started the Palmetto State Shootout at USC Upstate with a victory.
The Citadel plays Bob Jones University on Friday and USC Upstate on Saturday in the tournament. With wins over Stetson and Georgia Southern this season, the Bulldogs have as many non-conference Division I wins as they did all last season.
Point guard P.J. Boutte racked up a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, and Warren Sledge added 17 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 50.8 percent from the floor and hit 18 of 41 from 3-point range.
Quinton Marshall scored 13 points, Quayson Williams 11, and Matt Frierson and Zane Najdawi nine each as 12 Bulldogs played and nine scored.
“We were very balanced and played with so much more energy than we did the other night at Presbyterian,” coach Duggar Baucom said. “The guys played incredibly hard and really shared the ball, and Matt Frierson really gave us a lift.”
In a tight game, the Bulldogs’ largest lead was six in the second half. The Eagles (1-3) tied it at 87-87 with 2:02 left, but Henry answered with a 3-pointer off a pass from Boutte, and GSU never drew even again.
Tookie Brown led GSU with 26 points.