The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team rallied back from a 28-point halftime deficit to within 15 late in the second, but ran out of time, dropping an 81-62 decision to Campbell in the opening round of the 2017 Big South Tournament in Buies Creek, S.C. Darius Moore scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to help rally the Blue Hose.
Stat of the Game
PC shot 22.7% in the first half, while Campbell hit 61.5%, leading to the 28-point, 45-17 halftime score. PC flipped it in the second half, shooting 48.3%, including an eight-of-13 effort from the perimeter, to finish the game with 37.3%. Campbell finished with 57.8%. The Camels out-rebounded PC, 30-27 and had four fewer turnovers, 15-19. PC hit 13-of-18 free throws, compared to 23-of-28 for Campbell, including eight in the final two minutes.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Darius Moore recorded a career-high 21 points, 18 of which came in the second half. He got all of his points from the perimeter, hitting seven for a career-best, and a PC Division I best-tying. Moore also led the team on the boards with five. Ed Drew was also strong in his final collegiate game, finishing with 17 points.
How It Happened
PC struggled to get shots to go in early in the first half, falling behind early, 10-0, before a layup and free throw by Ed Drew at the 15:14 mark put the Blue Hose on the board. An Oliver three-pointer highlighted a 9-0 run to give the Camels a 16-point lead, 11:39 on the clock. PC cut the margin to 13 on two occasions over the next several minutes, one off a Ruben Arroyo three-pointer at 11:11.
Trailing by 18 at the five minute mark, off a J.C. Younger free throw, Campbell connected on back to back three-pointers to help extend the lead into the 20s, 40-14. Darius Moore hit his first of five three-pointers on the night to cut it to 23 but the Camels ended the half with five unanswered to head to the locker room with the 45-17 lead.
PC recorded three three-pointers in the opening five minutes but Campbell seemed to have an answer, posting five field goals during that stretch to keep at least a 25-point lead. Three-pointers from Reggie Dillard and Moore highlighted a 12-0 run by PC to cut the Campbell lead to 17, 62-45, 10:13 remaining.
The opening nine minutes of the second half PC outscored Campbell 28-17, shooting 61.5% from the field and knocking down five three-pointers.
A Chris Clemons basket at 7:12 ended the Campbell drought and ignited a 9-2 run that saw the Camels extend the lead back to 26, 73-47, 3:30 to go. PC cut the lead to 15 again off three straight three-pointers from Moore, but Campbell used clutch free throws at the end to take the 81-62 win and advance in the Big South Tournament.
Darius Moore hit a career-high seven three-pointers on the night and posted his third straight double-digit game for the first time in his career. He recorded a career-best 18 points as well, 15 of them coming in the second half.
Moore’s seven three-pointers tied the PC Division I record
The 11 three-pointers tied for the highest of the season.
PC recorded more three-pointers than its opponents for the third time season.
PC outscored its opponent in a half for the 10th time this season, winning the second half against Campbell, 45-36
For the Record
PC ends the season at 5-25, while Campbell moves to 15-16 and advances to face #2 UNC Asheville Thursday, Mar. 2, in Rock Hill, S.C.
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