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Rattlers Rally Past Blue Hose


Florida A&M closed out the first half with a 13-3 run and continued with a 21-6 run in the second, including a 14-0 stretch, to rally back from an 11-point deficit and take the 69-55 win over the Presbyterian College men's basketball team in the final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational held at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

PC drops to 0-6 overall, while Florida A&M picks up its first win of the season to go to 1-5.

Leading PC was Joshua Clyburn with 14 and Khalid Mutakabbir with 13.  Ryan McTavish finished with 10 points, just one shy of his career-high.  William Truss led the rebounding effort with seven.  Jamie Adams paced Florida A&M with 23 points, followed by Jamari Bradshaw with his 12.  Walter Davis led the team in rebounds with nine.

The Rattlers shot 40.6% from the field, going 26-of-64.  PC was 19-of-42 for 45.2% from the field.  FAMU had 10 less turnovers, 15-25, and five more steals, 12-7.  PC hit 14-of-20 free throws, while FAMU hit 11-of-14.

The Rattlers controlled points in the paint, 34-20 and held an 18-14 advantage in points off turnovers.

A tied ballgame midway through the first half turned into a five point lead for Florida A&M after the Rattlers hit a three-pointer by Adams and jumper by Walter Davis to lead 11-6 with 14:58 left in the first.

PC rallied with six straight, capped by a McTavish three-pointer and a tip-in by Clyburn, to retake the lead 14-11, with 12:10 on the clock.  FAMU ended the drought with a free throw at the 10:26 mark.

Trailing 21-14, the Rattlers scored the next sox of the game's nine points to cut the margin to four, 24-20.  The lone PC points came from McTavish's three-pointer at 5:35.  McTavish converted his third three-pointer of the game to end the rally and give the Blue Hose the seven-point 27-20 lead.

PC scored the next four to take a 31-20 lead with 3:55 to go before Florida A&M used a 13-3 run, ignited by a three-pointer by Muhamme Abdul-Aleem, to cut the PC lead to just one, 34-33 with 44 seconds left before intermission.  Both teams came away empty on their possessions and the half ended at 34-33.

Florida A&M opened the second half with four straight to take a 37-34 lead until PC responded with six unanswered off baskets by Clyburn, Austin Anderson and Jordan Downing, to retake the lead at 40-37 with 16:05 to go.  Bradshaw tied the game for FAMU at 40-40 with a three-pointer at 15:47, however.

The Rattlers scored 14 more, capped by two three-pointers by Jamie Adams and three straight baskets by Markee Teal, to run out to a 54-40 lead with 10:05 remaining.

A Clyburn free throw at 9:42 gave PC its first points in just over seven minutes.  Mutakabbir hit a basket at 8:01 to cut the margin to 12 at 56-44 with 8:01 on the clock.   Florida A&M took advantage of clutch offensive rebounds and PC turnovers to take a 64-47 lead with 3:53 left, off an 8-2 run.

Downing recorded two free throws and added a basket, along with Mutakabbir, to use a 6-1 run to cut the deficit to 12, 65-53, with 2:20 left.  That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get, falling by the final 69-55 score.

The Blue Hose return home Tuesday, Nov. 27 to host Toccoa Falls in a 7 p.m. game at Templeton Center.


Women's basketball's Keyonna Allen and baseball's Beau Dees were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for accomplishments for the week ending February 22.