GREENVILLE, S.C. – DeSean Murray recorded 28 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team to a six-point victory at Liberty, 79-73, on Saturday night in the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.
Murray went 11-of-18 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line to rack up 28 points to go with 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Ed Drew totaled 14 points, his third-highest total of the season, and eight rebounds in the win, while Will Adams added 10 points and senior Janeil Jenkins contributed eight.
PC’s 79 points is the most in a conference game this season and the fourth-most points by the Blue Hose overall. The Blue Hose controlled the boards in the game, outrebounding the Flames 38-25 with 14 offensive boards.
The first half opened with Liberty holding a one-possession for much of the early going, getting out to an 18-14 lead with 8:05 to go in the first half. PC claimed the lead on seven straight points from Drew to take a 21-18 with 6:11 left in the first. The lead swung back-and-forth until PC closed out the half on an 11-3 run to go in to halftime with a nine-point advantage at 38-29.
Liberty opened the second half on a 12-5 run to cut the PC advantage to two points at 43-41 but the Blue Hose responded with a 7-0 run to push the margin back to nine. The Flames then outscored the Blue Hose, 15-6, over the next six minutes to tie the game at 56-56 with 7:49 to play. Once again, though, PC responded with a run of its own, outscoring Liberty 12-3 over the next six minutes to take a nine-point lead at 68-59 with just over a minute to play.
PC closed out the game by making nine of 10 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Flames, 79-73. The Blue Hose went 22-of-32 from the free throw line, while Liberty converted 12-of-21.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Flames led by A.C. Reid with 18 points. Ryan Kemrite added 15 points, while Evan Maxwell scored 11 points and Caleb Homesley had 10 points.
The win ends an eight-game losing streak for the Blue Hose. PC scored 78 points in its last win, a 78-65 victory over Longwood on January 6.
PC returns to action on Thursday, February 25, when it travels to Longwood in its final road conference game of the season.