AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Citadel rallied from 20 points down for an 83-72 victory over Army on Saturday night in the third-place game of the All-Military Classic at the Air Force Academy.
DeVontae Wright, a sophomore from Goose Creek High, scored a career-best 26 points to lead the Bulldogs (1-1), who lost, 103-100, to VMI in Friday night's tournament opener.
Mike Groselle registered his second double-double in two games with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Bo Holston added 12 points. Wright hit 9 of 12 shots from the field and all eight of his free throws, with no turnovers in 21 minutes, after struggling in the opener against VMI.
"He was really upset by how he played the other night against VMI," said coach Chuck Driesell. "This was a good game for him, and I expect him to build on this."
The Bulldogs trailed Army (0-2) by 20 points in the first half and by 12 at halftime, but dominated the second half.
"We got off to a terrible start," Driesell said. "But this is one of the best wins I've been associated with. They came out in the second half as a completely different basketball team."
A jumper by Wright gave The Citadel the lead at 59-57 with 11:58 to play, and the Bulldogs led 63-57 with 10:58 left. A 7-0 run by Army put the Black Knights up 64-63 on a 3-pointer by Jason Pancoe.
But the Bulldogs took off on a 9-0 run from there, with Groselle hitting two free throws, Wright slicing in for a layup, Holston draining a 3-pointer and Cosmo Morabbi canning a jumper for a 72-64 lead with 4:44 left.
The Citadel plays its home opener Wednesday against Clemson, and will host the All-Military Classic next year.