Downing Leads Blue Hose to 71-66 Win over Erskine
Jordan Downing scored 18 points, while Khalid Mutakabbir and Josh Clyburn added 17 and 14 points respectively, as the Presbyterian College men's basketball team hung on to the 71-66 win over Erskine in exhibition action this evening at the Templeton Center.
While Downing led in points with 18 off his eight-for-20 effort from the field, Clyburn posted a double-double with a team-leading 11 rebounds to add to his 14 points. William Truss recorded 10 rebounds and seven points.
Erskine was led by Roderick Perkins with 24 points and eight rebounds. He was followed by Corey Sorrell with 18 and Jake Haslam with 11 points.
The Blue Hose shot 47.9 percent, including 65.2 in the first half as they built a 36-33 lead at the break. The Flying Fleet shot 36.7 percent from the field, going 22-for-60. PC hit 18-of-24 from the free throw line for a 75.0 percentage while Erskine was 14-of-24 for 58.3.
PC out-rebounded Erskine 37-33, with a 27-17 advantage on the defensive boards. The Blue Hose turned the ball over 14 times, compared to 11 for the Flying Fleet. Erskine score 22 of its 66 points off those turnovers, while PC scored just 12 of its 71.
After trailing the entire first half, Erskine started the second half with a 5-0 run to take a two-point lead with 16:49 remaining. Downing's basket at 16:32 tied the game, with the Blue Hose retaking the lead off a three-pointer by Mac Lake at the 14:37 mark.
PC built a seven-point, 53-46 lead with 10:25 remaining before Erskine chipped away at the lead, even taking it over again off a three-pointer by Haslam at 5:39. After a flying fleet foul Truss hit both his free throws to tied the game. Downing gave the Blue Hose the lead for good with a basket at 4:36 that made it 60-58. It was the beginning of a 9-0 run as the Blue Hose took a 67-58 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Erskine went on an 8-2 run, capped by a three-pointer by Perkins, to make it 69-66 with just 32 seconds to go. Mutakabbir hit clutch free throws down the stretch to keep the Blue Hose in the lead as PC won by the final 71-66 margin.
PC opens the regular season at Clemson Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.