The junior sank 6-of-12 shots, three longballs and 4-of-5 free throws to surpass his previous high of 14 points. He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in the effort.
Appalachian converted just 3-of-22 three-pointers, compared to 3-of-8 by the home team. The Bulldogs (6-22, 3-14) knocked in 50 percent of their shots from the floor to win a second-straight game.
The Apps started out strong and led by four points early on before The Citadel pulled even and scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 26-19 lead into the break. ASU cut its deficit to as few as four points on five different occasions in the second half but could not get over the hump to complete the comeback.
The Citadel owned a 36-26 advantage on the glass and turned nine offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points. Bo Holston led the home team with 10 rebounds to accompany 13 points.
Mike Groselle also scored in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds for the Cadets. He sank 6-of-8 free throws as well to help The Citadel to a 21-of-28 mark from the foul line. The team scored its final nine points at the charity stripe to hold off a late Mountaineer (12-16, 7-10 SoCon) rally.
Andre Williamson came off the bench to tally 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The forward was 5-for-6 from the field and added an assist, a block and one steal.
Omar Carter and Tab Hamilton combined to shoot 5-of-19 from the floor for six points each. Carter added one steal while Hamilton chipped in a pair of assists and two steals.
Mitch Woods dished out three of ASU’s eight assists. He added two points, a rebound and a steal. ASU forced 13 Bulldog turnovers on the night and converted them into 12 points. Appalachian also scored the game’s only two fast-break points.
The Mountaineers close out the regular season on Saturday at Western Carolina. Tipoff against the rival is set for 2 p.m. at Cullowhee’s Ramsey Center.
NOTES: ASU’s 19 first-half points were the team’s second-lowest of the season, behind 17 against East Carolina on Nov. 22 ... Williamson came off the bench for the first time this season ... ASU’s starting lineup (Neal, Woods, Hamilton, Healy, Isaac Butts) was the team’s 13th different group of the season.