BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Things started badly for The Citadel tonight night at Samford, as the Bulldogs turned the ball over on their first two possession and saw emerging standout P.J. Horgan pick up two fouls in the first four minutes.
It never got any better for The Citadel after that, and the Bulldogs dropped a 79-67 decision at Samford.
The Citadel trailed by 16 at the half and by 24 in the second half in falling to 6-17 overall and 3-10 in Southern Conference basketball.
Forward Tyler Hood led Samford (8-16, 6-5) with 19 points. Raijon Kelly and Tim Williams added 17 each for Samford, which shot 66 percent and made seven 3-pointers.
“I’m really frustrated right now, and the players are too,” said Citadel coach Chuck Driesell. “We worked really hard on our defense and focused on that, and we just didn’t get it done.
“We’ve got to go through the film with a fine-tooth come and figure out what the problem is and work on our defense,” he said. “That’s what is costing us these games.”
Janeil Jenkins and Mike Groselle scored 13 points each for The Citadel, which committed 19 turnovers. Horgan, averaging 21.3 points over the last three games, took only four shots and scored eight points.
Matt Van Scyoc added 10 points, all in the first half.
Samford, averaging just 61 points per game to rank No. 305 in the country, shot a sizzling 68 percent in the first half for a 48-32 lead at intermission. The Citadel committed 11 turnovers in the first half.
The Bulldogs are back home Thursday against Georgia Southern, a team they beat 70-55 on Jan. 19.