In a game that saw 53 total fouls and 48 total free throws, both teams battled in an aggressive game that saw Winthrop come away with the 74-70 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C.
PC falls to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big South, while Winthrop improves to 6-1, 2-0. The Blue Hose step out of conference with a home game against Montreat Monday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Blue Hose fell behind early in the first half, 8-4, but used a 6-0 run to take its first lead since the first basket of the game, 10-8, 15:06 on the clock.
PC extended its lead to four, 13-9, off an Austin Venable dunk and free throw at the 13:34 mark. Winthrop chipped away at the lead, using an eight-of-nine effort from the charity stripe to help the home team retake the lead, 18-17, 10:49 left.
A three-pointer by Janeil Jenkins, his first of the season, gave PC the lead back at 20-18, 9:56 to go. It ignited a 7-0 run that saw the Blue Hose extend their lead to six, 24-18, 9:01 on the c lock.
Keeping the Eagles in the first half were free throws, with the Eagles hitting 14-of-17 in the first 15 minutes, the last two by Duby Okeke to cut the Blue Hose lead to just two, 29-27, with 5:39 left. A basket by Zach Price a minute later tied the game at 29-29.
Jimmy Gavin, with his second three of the game, gave the Eagles their first lead in over seven minutes at 32-29, just under four before intermission. A PC foul 30 seconds later put Winthrop at the line and after connecting on both, took a 34-30 lead. The Eagles took their largest lead of the game 19 seconds later off a Price dunk to make it 36-30,
PC responded with an 8-2 run to end the half, which included a three from Markus Terry, to tie the game at 38-38.
The Blue Hose shot 53.3% in the first and held Winthrop to 40%, but it was the home team with 16 free throws to stay in the game.
Both teams traded baskets to open the second half, with a DeSean Murray lay-up, and free throw off the foul on the shot, giving PC the 43-40 lead, 18:43 remaining. It started a 10-4 run that saw PC take a six-point, 50-44 lead, 16:54 left in the game.
A basket and back to back free throws cut the margin to two, 50-48, 15:20 to go. Another PC foul put the Eagles back at the line, with the home team hitting one of two to make it a one point game.
A clutch steal by Reggie Dillard led to a fast break dunk to give PC the three-point lead back, 52-49, 14:03 to go.
Winthrop tied the game, 52-52, off a Johnson layup at 12:01. After PC retook the 55-52 lead, the Eagles came back to tie it again at 55-55, 9:30 to go. After a Winthrop free throw gave the Eagles a one-point lead at 9”08, the Blue Hose scored five straight, including a three by Darius Moore, to take the 60-56 lead, 7:51 left.
The Eagles went on a small 6-0 run to retake the lead before a Murray layup at 5:34 knotted the game yet again, 62-62, 5:43 to go.
In a game full of fouls and free throws Winthrop PC took a one-point lead, 68-67, off two free throws by Murray at the 2:38 mark. Okeke responded with a jumper a few seconds later gave Winthrop the one-point edge again. Xavier Cooks’ jumper 38 seconds left put the Eagles up top, 71-68. Winthrop and PC traded free throws the final few seconds with the Eagles coming away with the 74-70 win.
Murray led PC with 24 points and six rebounds, followed by Terry with 13 points. Pacing Winthrop, which had five players in double-figures, was Johnson with 18 points. Okeke pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.
PC shot 43.4% for the game, compared to 45.7% for Winthrop. The Eagles hit 28 free throws, with the Blue Hose connecting on 20. PC was called for 30 fouls, the Eagles 23. The rebounding edge belonged to Winthrop, 32-28, as well as the turnover margin, 14-11. Both teams hit four three-pointers in the game.