Markus Terry scored a season-high 22 points and DeSean Murray recorded his fifth double-double of the season, as the PC men’s basketball team topped Longwood, 78-65, on Wednesday night in the Templeton Center. PC improved its record to 7-8 and 2-2 in the Big South with the victory, while the Lancers fell to 4-13 on the year and 0-4 in the Big South.
Murray led the team in scoring for the 11th straight game with 23 points and 15 rebounds. It was his third straight 20-point game and third straight double-double. Terry tied a career high with five three-pointers in the victory to lead him to the season-best 22 points. The five threes matched a career high set against Longwood last season, in which Terry totaled 21 points.
PC opened the game to a 4-0 lead, before the Lancers countered with an early 8-0 run to claim an 8-4 lead. The Blue Hose would answer with a 7-0 run to push ahead 11-8 just seven minutes in to the opening half.
The two teams worked their way to a 16-16 tie, before PC pulled out to a five-point lead at 21-16, the largest lead of the half for the Blue Hose. Longwood would quickly close the gap with two straight baskets to tie the game at 21-21 with 5:56 to play in the first half. The Lancers would go on to close out the half on an 8-2 run for its halftime lead of 34-29, its largest lead of the half.
The PC defense held the Lancers in check early on, as they went 6-of-18 to start before closing out the half strong, making seven of their final 10 shots from the field. The Blue Hose started the half making eight of 17 shots (47.1 percent) but converted on just one its final eight shots in the period.
PC would erase the halftime deficit with an 8-2 run to open the second half, tying the game at 36 less than three minutes in to the period. The Blue Hose took a five-point lead at 44-39 but Longwood answer with six straight points to pull in front by one at 45-44. PC then responded with an 8-0 run on a layup by Ed Drew and back-to-back threes by Terry to claim a seven-point advantage at 52-45, the largest lead of the game by either team at the time.
The lead would go as high as eight points for PC at 58-50 with just eight minutes to play in the game. PC would maintain a two-possession advantage for much of the half before Longwood cut it to just two points at 62-60. The Blue Hose rallied from there to go on an 11-1 run to take a 12-point lead, the largest of the game by either team at the time, at 73-61 lead with 1:34 to play in the game.
PC would close it out with free throws en route to the 13-point victory at 78-65.
The Blue Hose are next in action Jan. 9, at High Point, with tip-off slated for 4 p.m.