The Blue Hose rallied in the second half but could not overcome a double-digit halftime deficit as UNC Asheville defeated the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team, 76-56, in Big South action Friday evening in Clinton, S.C. Behind five three-pointers in the second half, PC cut the deficit to the teens on several occasions in the second half but ran out of time. Leading the charge was JC Younger with 13 points.
Scoring the Match
A close first half early with neither team putting up big numbers, the game was tied 8-8 with 13:21 to go. The UNC Asheville offense clicked with a 16-3 run to quickly erase the tie and jump out to a 24-11 lead, 9:33 on the clock. The lone basket for PC during the stretch was a three-pointer from J.C. Younger at 11:56. PC outscored the Bulldogs, 12-7 over the next four and a half minutes to cut the lead to just eight, 23-31, 5:09 on the clock. The visitors responded with 14 unanswered the remainder of the half to head to the locker room with a 22-point, 45-23 lead.
Back to back three-pointers by Romeo Crouch early in the second half cut the deficit to 18, but Asheville responded with six straight to make it a 24-point game, 16:08 left. The Blue Hose would go away quietly, using a 14-7 run to cut a 25-point margin to 16, 44-60, 9:10 left. Both teams went back and forth over the next several minutes with the Bulldogs coming back with answers to PC rallies. Five straight from Reggie Dillard cut the margin to 15, 4:37 remaining, but the Bulldogs came back with clutch free throws and baskets down the stretch to secure the 76-56 win.
Player of the Match
JC Younger led the Blue Hose with 13 points and six rebounds. He was followed with Ethan Kay with nine points. Ahmed Thomas paced UNC Asheville with 21 points. Raekwon Miller led the rebounding with seven.
Stat of the Match
Turnovers played a big part in the game, with PC committing 15 and Asheville 13. The Bulldogs converted PC’s 15 to 22 points, compared to 12 for the Blue Hose. Asheville shot 55.4% from the field for the game, including 63.3 in the first half for the game, with PC hitting in 36.0%. The Blue Hose finished with 28 rebounds, compared to 34 for Asheville. PC connected on seven three-pointers to Asheville’s eight.
- - The 25 three-point field goal attempts tied for 28th in the PC record book.
- - Ethan Kay’s three-for-three effort from the charity stripe was a career-high.
For the Record
PC falls to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in the Big South, while UNC Asheville improves to 10-8, 3-2.
The Blue Hose head to High Point for a Jan. 15, game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and will be shown live on the Big South Network at www.BigSouthSports.com.
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