CLINTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern led wire-to-wire as the Bucs handed the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team a 73-52 loss Thursday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose fall to 4-14 on the season and 0-7 in the Big South, while CSU improves to 6-12 and picks up its first conference win at 1-5.

Players of the Game                        

Ed Drew led PC in the loss with 13 points and seven rebounds. The senior forward shot 3-of-6 from the floor and converted 7-of-9 free throws while adding a block on defense.

The Bucs were led by Christian Keelings’ 24-point, 11-rebound double-double. The freshman guard made 8-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, and made 6-of-7 from the line. Keelings picked up a block and three steals on defense.

Stat of the Game                                         

PC could not guard against the three as CSU knocked down seven three-pointers in the opening half. The Bucs shot 9-of-26 from beyond the arc on the night.

How It Happened

Charleston Southern started off hot from beyond the arc as Raemond Robinson made a pair of three-pointers to highlight an 11-0 opening run by the Bucs. Drew got PC on the board with a jumper, but Robinson hit yet another deep ball. Will Adams answered in kind, but the visitors connected from deep yet again for their fourth trifecta of the night.

The Blue Hose got into a scoring drought midway through the first half, allowing Charleston Southern to push their lead to 15, 26-11 at the 8:25 mark. Ruben Arroyo earned three points the old-fashioned way before CSU made their sixth three-pointer and added a layup. Darius Moore scored his first points as he made a shot from long range, but the Bucs used a 6-0 run to go ahead 37-17.  Drew then went to the line and converted 3-of-4 charity shots and Jo’Vontae Millner added a free throw and a bucket as the Blue Hose strung together a 6-0 run of their own. CSU’s Armel Potter shot 1-of-2 from the line to round out the scoring in the first 20 minutes of action as the Bucs led 38-23 at the break.

PC shot 6-of-22 from the field in the opening half, including 2-of-7 from deep. Free-throw shooting was better, with the Blue Hose making 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. The visitors scored 13 points off seven PC turnovers and netted 12 second-chance points.

CSU started the second half with a layup before Drew made the old-fashioned three-point play. The Bucs got back-to-back buckets from Javis Howard to pull ahead 44-26. PC got some good looks but could not get a shot to fall as the team went on a 0-for-5 field goal drought. Arroyo got a jumper to fall, but the Bucs took off on a 7-0 run to take a 56-28 lead with 12:50 to play.

Moore got his second three to fall at the 9:10 mark to cut the lead to 59-36. After a CSU layup, Reggie Dillard and Drew got consecutive scores to take PC into the 6:39 media timeout down 61-40. Arroyo’s layup at the 5:13 mark got the score back down to 20, 63-40, but Antwan Maxwell responded with a jumper. Dillard hit a couple of charity shots and Armel TeTe got into the scorer’s column with a bucket at the 3:20 mark. Keeling scored a pair of free ones for the Bucs coming out of the final media timeout, and then added a layup off a steal shortly after. Keeling’s play kicked off a 6-0 run by the visitors that Tete halted with his second bucket of the night. CSU hit a late jumper and Tete got a layup with less than 30 seconds to play to wrap up the scoring.

Notables

- Moore netted eight points to follow Drew in scoring. Tete and Arroyo contributed seven points each, with Dillard and Millner chipping in six points each.

- The two three-pointers are the second-lowest by the Blue Hose this season. The team only made two in a December 13 loss at USC Upstate.

- PC shot 16-of-50 (32.0 percent) from the floor, 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from long range, and 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) from the line.

- CSU edged PC in points off turnovers (20-6), rebounds (37-33), second-chance points (15-6), and bench points (20-16). The teams each scored 22 points in the paint.

Up Next

The Blue Hose hit the road Saturday, January 21 as PC takes on Gardner-Webb in a 3 p.m. ET Big South contest at Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C.