Lancers capture nail biter in 64-63 Victory over The Citadel

WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA (LANCERS) -- Windsor University's Enrico Diloreto hit a running jumper as time expired to give the Lancers a 64-63 victory over The Citadel at the St. Denis Centre on Monday evening. Diloreto trumped a layup by Bulldog freshman{}Brian White, who hit a layup with just under two seconds remaining, as the Lancers won the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

White came off the bench to knock down 5-of-7 from the floor and secure five rebounds for head coach Chuck Driesell's squad. His solid effort on the blocks was companied by fellow freshman{}Tom Koopman{}who scored 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Junior guard{}Ashton Moore{}also made his presence felt as he snagged seven rebounds to help provide the Cadets with a 43-35 edge on the glass.

"Both those guys as freshmen did a great job in their first college basketball game," said Driesell. "Koopman and White battled in the paint all night for us. Those guys were bigger than most of the guys that we will see in the Southern Conference. This will be helpful when we play teams like Tennessee, Wake Forest and Nebraska this season because they have that kind of size. They managed to step up and we out-rebounded them by nine on the boards which is a good sign."

The Citadel offense was sparked by the play of{}Matt Van Scyoc{}who led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. Van Scyoc knocked down 2-of-6 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 2-of-2 at the free throw line.

Teammate{}Marshall Harris III{}also came with an all-around performance that included eight assists, seven points, six rebounds and four steals.

"Marshall is going to have to do that for us because he is our floor general," said Driesell. "You can see from this year to last year that he's improved quite a bit in terms of composure, vision and his decision making process. That was important for us to get that kind of performance from him tonight. Another player that made an impact was{}Warren Sledge{}who came in and gave Marshall a blow when he needed it and added three assists. I was pleased with Warren's ability to come off the bench and come through with some solid minutes tonight."

The Lancers were led in scoring by the tandem of Diloreto and Josh Collins who poured in 14 points apiece. Teammate Phillip Lien scored 13 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to take high marks for all rebounders. Windsor was limited to 24-of-69 (34.8%) shooting by The Citadel's stingy defense.

"The most important thing for us tonight is that the whole team did a super job defensively and that is something that we have focused on during practice" Driesell added. "We held our opponent to 34.8% from the field and that is huge for us. We also managed to hold them to 30.4% from the 3-point line which is impressive because that team has been shooting at least 30 3-pointers a game."

The Citadel continues its three-game swing through Canada with another meeting against Windsor University on Tuesday evening.