SPARTANBURG — Derrick Henry notched career highs with 30 points and six 3-pointers and The Citadel held off a South Carolina-Upstate second-half rally to win, 88-81, in the Palmetto State Shootout on Saturday.
Henry made all six of his free throws, and his jumper with 1:31 left quashed SC Upstate’s comeback, handing the Spartans their seventh straight loss.
Quinton Marshall scored a career-high 22 points, Zane Najdawi added 11, and P.J. Boutte grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-2), who made 16 of 43 3-pointers.
Connor Schroeder tied it at 14 with a 3-pointer, Henry hit back-to-back 3s and The Citadel traded baskets and the lead until Henry’s back-to-back 3s with 1:49 left helped the Bulldogs to a 45-41 halftime lead.
Deion Holmes scored a career-high 26 points, Jacob Schulte a career-high 21, and Mike Cunningham 10 for the Spartans (0-7). Marvin Smith grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and the Spartans outrebounded the Bulldogs 52-33.
The Bulldogs continue their road swing with a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., where they will face Air Force on Wednesday at 9 p.m. The Citadel is 2-2 all-time against the Falcons, with the last victory coming in 1994.