Khalid Mutakabbir scored 23 points, while Ryan Hargrave added a career-high 16 to lead the Presbyterian College men's basketball team to the 91-83 win over North Greenville in action tonight at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.
PC improves to 2-7 overall while North Greenville drops to 4-4.
Following Mutakabbir in scoring was Jordan Downing with 19 points and William Truss with 10. Ryan McTavish shattered his career-best six rebounds with a team-leading 14 on the night, while Eric Washington added six assists, just two shy of his career-high.
North Greenville's Tyshawn Patterson led all scorers with 30 points, followed by Chris Dean with his 21. Leading the Crusader rebound effort was Phillip Brown with nine.
The Crusaders shot 43.1% in the game and 46.7% in the second to help them rally from a 16-point second half deficit and tie the game with four and a half minutes remaining. The Blue Hose were 36-of-58 from the field for 62.1%, which included a 70.4% clip in the second half that helped them during a 21-7 run to build the 16-point lead with 11 and a half minutes on the clock.
The Blue Hose held the 31-30 edge in rebounds but were seven ahead on the defensive side, 28-21. NGU recorded 12 turnovers compared to 11 for PC. The Crusaders hit 15-of-40 three-pointers, including 10 in the second half, while PC recorded a season-high nine-of-20.
The first half saw six ties and two lead changes as NGU rallied from an early 15-7 deficit to cut the margin to one, 18-17. The Crusaders took their first lead of the game, 33-32, at 4:46 off a three from Patterson and led by as much four before PC used two free throws by Mutakabbir and a basket by Downing to tie it up at 36-36 with 2:45 left.
Both teams traded baskets as the Crusaders and Blue hose went into the locker room knotted at 40-40.
PC outscored NGU 26-10 to open the second half and led by 16, 66-50, with 11:28 left in the game. The Crusaders rallied to cut the deficit to 10, 74-64, at 7:36, and then used a 14-4 run, which included three three-pointers by Jimmy Ellis, to tie the game at 78-78 with 4:38 remaining.
Two and a half minutes later Ellis came through again for NGU with his sixth three-pointer of the night to give the game its ninth tie, 83-83 at the 1:38 mark. That would be the last basket for NGU as PC ended the game on a 8-0 run, which included three-pointers by Mutakabbir and Downing, to take the 91-83 win.
PC is next in action Saturday, Dec. 15 as the Blue Hose host Jacksonville State in a 7 p.m. contest at Templeton Center.