Grace’s Tigers traveled 1,000 miles to take on the Bulldogs of The Citadel and almost pulled off the upset. Grace lost the game 81-72 but was in it unill the final seconds. GBC took their last lead at the 12:51 of the second half but only trailed by three, 73-70 at the 2:12 mark. The Bulldogs hit two late three’s and a pair of free throws to extend their lead to nine.
Allen Durham led Grace with 26 points and 7 rebounds, Paul Nelson hit for 19 and Ryan Krombeen 13. Cory Jamieson led GBC with a game high 6 assists. The Tiger’s turned the ball over 15 times. “We stressed the need to get better from the line and we didn’t do that tonight” said Head Coach Gary Bailey. “We lost by nine and we missed nine free throws. I am really proud of our guys and how hard they played. We were on the bus for two long days and I wondered how we would play. We took a very good D-I team to the wire. We also stressed playing without any regrets tonight. We didn’t want to get back on the bus thinking we could have played harder or done something differently. We have no regrets.”
Grace shot 52% for game to 48% for The Citadel. Both team shot 38% from the arc.
The Tigers will travel across town to take on Calvin College next Friday night.