The Citadel vs. College of Charleston: Cougars Earn First SoCon Victory

Chad MiddletonContributor IDecember 2, 2011

Both teams started out weak but only one continued. The College of Charleston beat their crosstown rival The Citadel 83-64 in the TD Arena in front of a crowd of 5,101.

The halftime break was a much-needed boast for the College of Charleston as they shot 51.4 during the second half. The Cougars benefited from big contributions from sophomore center Trent Wiedeman who scored 22 points, which was a game high for the College of Charleston.

The Cougars also got 20 points from Antwaine Wiggins and 14 points from Andrew Lawrence. The Citadel was led by Mike Groselle's 20 points and 19 rebounds and Barry Smith's 10 points. 

It was a complete team effort for the College of Charleston, who got the big shot from almost everybody at some point or another. Redshirt junior Matt Sundberg hit two big threes that ignited the crowd in the first half. And shortly after that, a rim-rocking dunk from Antwaine Wiggins punctuated an 8-2 run to make the score 34-27. 

The Cougars never looked back from that point.

Next up for the Cougars is Tennessee Chattanooga, who is better than their 2-5 record indicates at the TD Arena. The game is Saturday, December 3 on ESPN 3. The Citadel travels to Wofford on Saturday.