Down by four points at halftime to NAIA team Voorhees on Tuesday night, Citadel coach Duggar Baucom took an unusual step. He had his diving on the floor in loose ball drills.
“Had to wake them up,” Baucom said. “Never had a team run loose ball drills at halftime before.”
The Bulldogs woke up, but barely. They hung on for an 89-85 win over Voorhees at McAlister Field House, The Citadel’s last game before a week-long break for exams.
“(Voorhees) probably deserved to win the game,” Baucom said. “They certainly played harder and took it to us. We couldn’t stay in front of anybody, and we had to go zone in the last three possessions to try to stop somebody.”
Derrick Henry came off the bench to score 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-4), who snapped a two-game skid. Quinton Marshall added 18, Brian White 16 and Quayson Williams 15.
Voorhees (9-5) led by 47-43 at the half as Desmond Louis scored 22 points for the game. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field and made 8 of 16 from 3-point range.
“A team like that, you give them a little confidence, they shoot 50 percent from 3-point range and bad things can happen,” Baucom said.
The Citadel rallied with a 16-0 run to lead by as many as nine in the second half, but Voorhees hung tough into the final minute. Louis and James Williams hit 3-pointers, and Denzel Bolden scored with 31 seconds left to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 88-85.
Warren Sledge hit one free throw with 16 seconds left, and the Tigers missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds to play.
“We were not ready to play,” Baucom said. “They just outplayed us, and we were not ready. That’s on me, and it won’t happen again. The only way for our team to be successful is to play like our hair is on fire.”
The Bulldogs are at Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 16.