Moore is strong at CitadelPublished 11:23pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Former Nansemond River High School basketball player Ashton Moore has recently compiled some impressive statistics for The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
It has been a difficult season for the Bulldogs, but Moore led them with 24 points on Monday en route to an 81-71 home win over Samford University. The victory snapped a 17-game losing streak for The Citadel, giving it a first win in the Southern Conference this season.
Moore hit double figures for a team-high 18th time this season, and he did it while shooting 7-for-12 from the field, 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and 7-for-9 from the foul line.
Nansemond River High School head coach Ed Young commented on his former player.
“He’s really played well lately, really kind of let loose with his scoring,” Young said. Noting he’s had an up-and-down career at The Citadel and is currently in his junior year, he added, “He’s shown flashes of being the scorer they thought he could be.”
Last Saturday, Moore led his team with 16 points to go with five rebounds in a 70-52 road loss to Western Carolina University.
For two stellar performances on Feb. 15 and 17, Moore was named Southern Conference Player of the Week, the first time he had ever been awarded a weekly honor by the conference. Though both games were conference losses, he managed to average 28.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field.
Against visiting Davidson College on Feb. 17, he put up a career-high 35 points, with four assists, three boards and two steals. This was nearly three times his season scoring average, and it was the highest scoring total for a Bulldog in 19 years.
It was the second time he has topped 30 points in a game during his three-year career at The Citadel.
Playing host Furman University on Feb. 15, he led his team with 22 points and also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Young had warned Moore of the difficulties that would be present in playing at The Citadel.
“It’s a great place to be at, but it’s a hard place to win,” Young said.
Military academies often have difficulty attracting talented players to make for winning ball clubs, he said.
“I just hope he continues through,” Young said, specifically hoping Moore can win a game or two in the upcoming Southern Conference tournament.
The Bulldogs (5-25, 1-14) play their final regular season game on Saturday at home against Georgia Southern University.