CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team fell short against Liberty, 65-61, Saturday night at the Templeton Center. PC pulled within a possession with 24 seconds remaining, but the Flames made three of their final four free throw attempts to hold off the PC rally.
DeSean Murry led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Ed Drew added nine points and seven rebounds, while Reggie Dillard contributed nine points as well. PC saw nine players score in the game, as the team shot 44.4 percent for the game. The Blue Hose also held the Flames to just 31.8 percent shooting in the second half, while holding a 12-5 advantage in second chance points and 22-6 margin off the bench.
Liberty opened the game on a 10-2 run before Murray converted a tip-in that sparked a 13-5 PC run, giving the Blue Hose a 20-18 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The Flames then opened up a 28-20 lead before Ruben Arroyo sank a three-pointer with just over six minutes to play in the half.
Murray converted a layup to cut it to two at 30-28 with 4:17 to go before the half. Liberty would go on an 8-2 run from there and open up a 37-30 lead with just over a minute left in the first half. Ed Drew ended the period with a made layup, cutting the halftime deficit to 37-32.
The two teams traded three-point buckets to open the second half and Drew converted two free throws to bring PC within one at 43-42. Liberty then ran out to its largest lead of the game, a nine-point margin, at 53-44 with 10:35 to play in the game. The Blue Hose would answer with 5-0 run to squeeze the Flames’ lead to 53-49.
With 4:46 remaining in the game, Murray converted a layup and got PC within a score at 56-54. A little later, Caleb Homesley knocked down a three-pointer before Dawson made a free throw to push the lead back to 61-55. Drew and Markus Terry both followed with a pair of made free throws, closing the gap to 62-59 with 24 seconds remaining. Dawson then drained two free throws before Will Adams made a pair himself with nine seconds left. Dawson then put the game out of reach, as he made his last free throw attempt of the game.
John Dawson led the Flames with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Caleb Homesley poured in 15 points. Evan Maxwell was third Liberty player to score in double-figures, amassing 10 points in the win.
The Blue Hose are back in action on Wednesday night when they play host to Coastal Carolina in the Templeton Center at 7 p.m.