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Blue Hose Travel to Rock Hill for Wednesday Matchup with Winthrop

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The Presbyterian College men's basketball team travels to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on the Winthrop Eagles in a Big South Conference game Wednesday, Jan. 16.  The contest, slated for 7 p.m., can be heard live on WKRI-FM i91.9 or seen on the Big South Network, sponsored by State Farm, at www.BigSouthSports.com.

Winthrop owns a slight 12-11 record over the Blue Hose in a series dating back to an 83-74 PC win in 1979.   For the last two years, the teams have split the two regular season meetings with the Blue Hose earning their first victory in Rock Hill since 1986 with a 48-45 decision in the last meeting.  A back-and-forth battle the entire game, PC used a 9-2 run, including seven free throws, the final two and a half minutes to rally from a four-point deficit and steal the win.

Winthrop is 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the Big South, having dropped the last four in a row, including a 72-54 decision at VMI in its last game.  The Eagles are led by Derrick Henry with 12.3 points a game and Gideon Gamble with 10.6.  Larry Brown, who is averaging 6.5 ppg, leads the team in rebounds with 6.1.  Winthrop is averaging 60.3 points and 33.9 rebounds per game as a team, but surrendering 62.9 points and 33.4 rebounds.

PC is 3-14 overall and 0-3 in the league after falling to Campbell, 46-62, in its last game.  Khalid Mutakabbir leads the team with 14.8 points per game, followed by Jordan Downing with 12.7.  Joshua Clyburn, who is third on the team with 10.8 ppg, leads the team in rebounds with 6.0.  The Blue Hose are averaging 60.7 points and 29.2 rebounds per game as a team

The Blue Hose return to Clinton for a 7 p.m. game against Liberty Saturday, Jan. 19.


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  • The Blue Hose travel just up the road to Rock Hill, S.C. this Wednesday to take on the Winthrop Eagles in a 7 p.m. contest ... At 0-3 each, Both teams are looking to earn their first conference win of the season ...
  • The last four meetings with Winthrop have been decided by 10 points total or by an average of 2.5 points ... Both teams have each won twice and lost twice ...
  • Despite the record, PC has a higher field goal percentage than its opponents ... PC owns a .451 FG% (third in the league), compared to .445 for other teams ...
  • Eric Washington is averaging 5.9 assists per game ... If that holds up he will shatter PC's Division I season record of 3.5 set by Pierre Miller in 2010-11 ... He already has the career assists mark with 3.7 ... Washington needs just eight total assists to take the season total record ...
  • Both Khalid Mutakabbir and Jordan Downing step up their game in conference play ... Mutakabbir averages 16.0 ppg in Big South play, compared to 14.8 overall ... Downing is averaging 14.7 ppg in the league, compared to 12.7 overall ...
  • PC has faced a total of 12 nationally ranked opponents since moving to Division I, including two games this season, against #13 Creighton and #24 Wisconsin ... PC is 1-10 over ranked opponents in its Division I era, the win a 56-54 decision over then 20th-ranked Cincinnati in 2011 ...
  • PC rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half and cut it to just seven with under two minutes remaining but Campbell went nine-of-10 from the free throw line the final minute of the game to take the 62-46 in the last game for the Blue Hose ...
  • The Blue Hose led by as much as six in the first half against Coastal Carolina, and only trailed by two with 13:41 left in the second before the Chanticleers used a 25-7 run to take a 24-point lead and the eventual 18-point 61-43 win ...
  • PC trailed VMI by 18 late in the second half but rallied to within eight with just under a minute remaining ... VMI, which hit a total of 24 free throws in the game, went four-of-four from the charity stripe down the stretch to hold the Blue Hose at bay for the nine point league-opening win ... Ryan Hargrave led the team in rebounds with seven, marking the first time in his career he had led the team on the boards ...
  • PC held Montreat to a season-low 35 points Jan. 1 ... The Blue Hose posted their third highest point total of the season with the 77-35 win ... William Truss was a perfect seven-of-seven from the field and two-for-two from the charity stripe to finish just one shy of his career high with 16 points ...
  • Down by 20 late in the second half against South Carolina, PC went on an 11-0 run to cut the margin to nine before the Gamecocks rallied with their own 11-0 run to preserve the double-digit win, 76-60 ... Jordan Downing led the team in scoring for the second straight game ...
  • PC rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit against Appalachian State and cut the lead to just four late, but the Mountaineers came through with four straight free throws to hold on to the win ... Jordan Downing scored 21 points to lead the team ...
  • Despite trailing 43-13 at the half, PC outscored Tennessee 49-35 in the second half to fall by 16, 78-62, in Dec. 18 ... The Blue Hose shot 64.3% in the second, with Khalid Mutakabbir scoring all of his points in the final 20 minutes to lead the team with 18 ... Ryan McTavish posted a career-high 14 points with Eric Washington recording a career-best 10 assists ...
  • PC dropped a heart breaker to Jacksonville State in overtime, 66-59, Dec. 15 ... After JSU used a 13-4 run in the second half to take a seven point lead, PC rallied with an 18-6 run of its own to tie the game at 50-50 and force overtime ... The Gamecocks hit three three-pointers to open OT and held on for the win ...
  • Khalid Mutakabbir led PC's 91-83 win over North Greenville with 23 points, while Ryan McTavish pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds ... Ryan Hargrave posted a career-high 16 points as well ...
  • Highlighting the 81-57 loss at Furman was the career-high 20 points by Joshua Clyburn ...
  • With 20 points at Furman, Joshua Clyburn became the third player to score over 20 points this season ... Jordan Downing posted 25 at Creighton and 21 at Appalachian State, while Khalid Mutakabbir added 20 against Toccoa Falls ... Clyburn's and Downing's 20+ points were career firsts ...
  • Records fell in the 97-38 win over Toccoa Falls ... PC shot a team Division I record 64.6% and held the Eagles to a record low 22.6% ... The 42 field goals made and the 56 rebounds were also a record ... PC had two players with double-digit rebounds, with Austin Anderson's and Williams Truss' 11 each, for the first time in its DI history as well ... Khalid Mutakabbir posted his first 20-point game of the season ... It was the second of the season for the team as Jordan Downing posted 25 against Clemson ...
  • The Blue Hose saw three players in double-figures in the game against Florida A&M ... The Blue Hose led 31-20 in the first half but suffered through two FAMU runs to close and open the halves to fall by the 14-point 69-55 margin ... PC shot 52.4% in the first half to lead 34-30 at intermission ...
  • Khalid Mutakabbir posted his first double-digit scoring game in the loss to #24 Wisconsin 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 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 team-leading 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 have gone into 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 172 points, 83 three-pointers and 73 assists to move into PC's Division I career record books in each of those categories ... With 39 minutes played at Furman Dec. 9, he moved to the top of the total career minutes at PC ... He is first in games started with 107 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Head Coach Gregg Nibert has 378 career wins ... He needs 22 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 ...
  • 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 ...

 

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