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The Presbyterian College men's basketball team is in Las Vegas for the final two games of the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.  The Blue Hose take on Cornell Friday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and face either Longwood or Florida A&M Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. (ET).  All the games are being held at Orleans Arena and are being broadcast live on WKRI i91.9-FM.

The Blue Hose are 0-4 and are led by Jordan Downing with 11.5 points and Joshua Clyburn with 10.5 ppg.  Clyburn paces the team with 5.8 rpg, followed by William Truss with 5.0.  PC is averaging 45.8 ppg and 25.8 rpg.  The Blue Hose are shooting 36.0% from the field and 32.4% from beyond the three-point arc.

PC is in Las Vegas for the second time in their short Division I history.  The Blue Hose were last in Las Vegas in 2009 as part of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational.  PC will be meeting all the teams in the tournament for the first time in their history.  Potential opponent Longwood is a first year member in the Big South Conference

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  • PC has faced a total of 12 nationally ranked opponents since moving to Division I, including the last two games, against #13 Creighton an #24 Wisconsin ... PC is 1-10 over ranked opponents, the win a 56-54 win over then 20th-ranked Cincinnati ...
  • PC suffered an 88-43 loss at #24 Wisconsin this past Tuesday ... The Badgers used a 17-0 run early in the first half and used a total of 16 three-pointers to take the win ...Khalid Mutakabbir posted his first double-digit scoring game while William Truss led the team in rebounds, for the first time in his collegiate career, with seven ...
  • A close game for the Blue Hose got away at Creighton last Sunday in Omaha, Neb. ... PC found itself down by just one, 10-9, with 11:44 left in the first half, but the Blue Jays used a 12-0 spurt off four straight three-pointers to turn the one-point advantage to 13, 22-9 ... Creighton led 43-17 at the half but the Blue Hose out-scored the Blue Jays 44-41 in the second half to fall by the final 85-58 score ... Jordan Downing exploded for a career-high 25 points off four three-pointers, while Ryan McTavish added a career-mark team0leading six rebounds ...
  • The Blue Hose used an 11-2 run to take a 20-16 lead against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets late in the first half Nov. 14th ... PC went into the locker room with a 25-24 lead ... Joshua Clyburn opened the second half with a basket before the Yellow Jackets went on an 18-0 run over the next eight minutes to take a 42-27 lead ... PC cut the margin to eight, 46-38, but with only two and a half minutes remaining, the Blue Hose ran out of time, falling by the final 14-point, 52-38 margin ... Mutakabbir led the Blue Hose with 13 points and a career-tying seven assists ...
  • PC saw some players step up at Clemson as Josh Clyburn, who averaged just 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season, recorded a career-high 19 points and pulled down a nine rebounds ... Ryan McTavish ended the night with a career-high 11 points after averaging just 1.1 points a game as a freshman last season ...
  • The Blue Hose enter the 2012-13 season with huge gaps to fill with the departure of PC's Division I leader in scoring, blocking, stealing and rebounding in Al'Lonzo Coleman and fellow top five career scorers in Josh Johnson and Pierre Miller ... Johnson finished his PC career second in rebounds while Miller finished tops in career assists ...
  • 58.8% of the 1,889 total points scored last season were from the tandem of Al'Lonzo Coleman, Pierre Miller, Josh Johnson and Jay Reynolds ... Of the 778 remaining points scored last season, 398 were scored by Khalid Mutakabbir ...
  • The Blue Hose are relying heavily on senior Khalid Mutakabbir, a preseason Big South All-Conference selection ... He was second on the team in scoring last season with 13.7 points per game ... Mutakabbir ended the 2011-12 season with 1,075 points, becoming the second player in PC's Division I history and 21st under Head Coach Gregg Nibert to go over 1,000 career points ... With 1,103 career points he is just 396 points from becoming the first PC Division I player to reach 1,500 points ...
  • Khalid Mutakabbir needs just 101 three-pointers, 117 total minutes and 11 more games started to move into PC's Division I career record books in each of those categories ...
  • For the first time since becoming a Division I member in 2007, the Blue Hose will be able to play for the conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament ... Since 2007 PC has been a provisional Division I member ... That changed on August 2, 2012, when the NCAA granted PC full Division I membership ...
  • Eric Washington's 89 assists last season ranks third in the single season record books ...
  • Coach Gregg Nibert is doing a lot of teaching this season as there are five freshmen and five sophomores on the team ... Of the five sophomores only Eric Washington averaged more than 10 minutes a game (23.0) ... The Blue Hose only have two juniors and two seniors heading into the 2012-13 season ...Of the two juniors only one has seen time on the court as a Blue Hose ... Jordan Downing sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from Davidson ...
  • PC will get to play during the month of March for the first time in its Division I history this season ... Due to its transitional status, the Blue Hose have not been eligible for postseason play, which is mostly played in the third month of the year ... PC last played in March of 2007 when it played Wingate in the SAC Tournament ... The Blue Hose travel to Gardner Webb for a March 2 contest before playing in the Big South Tournament starting March 5 ... PC is 30-48-1 all-time in games played in March ...
  • Head Coach Gregg Nibert has 376 career wins ... He needs 24 wins to reach 400 wins since he started coaching 23 years ago ...
  • The Big South has moved to divisional play this season with the Blue Hose located in the South Division along with Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner Webb, UNC Asheville and Winthrop ... Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Radford and VMI make up the North Division ...
  • With the loss of four starters from last year's team, the Blue Hose were picked to finish sixth in the South Division ...

 

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