Rally at High Point Falls Short
The Presbyterian College men's basketball team rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to cut it to four with just under four minutes, but High Point hit six of seven free throws in a game-ending 12-6 run to take the 78-68 win in action this evening at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.
The Blue Hose fall to 5-18 overall and 2-7 in the Big South, while High Point improves to 11-10, 6-3.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Blue Hose, with Joshua Clyburn leading the way off the bench with 17. Jordan Downing added 14, while Khalid Mutakabbir added 13 to go along with his team-leading seven rebounds. Ryan McTavish recorded 12 points while Eric Washington added nine assists. Allan Chaney led HPU with 21 points and 12 rebounds, with John Brown following with 20 points.
PC finished with 48.9% from the field for the game after shooting 57.7% in the second half. High Point shot 46.4% and was 25-of-32 from the charity stripe, compared to 18-of-21 for PC. The Panthers held the 36-24 advantage in rebounds, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass. The Blue Hose had four more turnovers, 13-9.
PC went just one-for-five in the opening four and a half minutes, but High Point wasn't much better, going two-for-seven to lead by four, 6-2 at the 15:35 mark. The Blue Hose ended a four minute scoring drought after a three-pointer by Downing at 13:22 cut the HPU lead to four, 9-5.
High Point scored the next five of the game's seven points to build a 14-7 lead with 12:11 on the clock. The Panthers led by seven again, 18-11 before a Mutakabbir lay-up at 8:07 cut their lead to just five, 18-13.
PC had trouble getting any closer, as High Point was able to keep the margin to at least five, and led by seven, for the fourth time off a fast break lay-up by Haiishen McIntyre at 3:57.
The Panthers briefly took a nine-point lead when Law's field goal was successful at 2:50. Clyburn responded for PC with two straight baskets, while William Truss added another one in a 6-0 run, as the Blue Hose cut the deficit to three, 26-23, with 1:01 left before intermission.
Two free throws at 18.4 by Truss made it a one-point game before a foul by PC with .7 seconds left gave the Panthers the ball at the charity stripe. Chaney hit both as the Panthers went into the locker room with the three-point, 28-25 lead.
High Point opened the second half with five straight, including a three-pointer by Dejuan McGaughy for the Panthers' first of the game, to take an eight-point, 33-25 lead with 18:51 left in the game.
Trailing by eight, Clyburn scored four points and Downing added a three-pointer help PC cut the HPU lead to just three, 39-36 with 15:29 remaining.
High Point responded with 10 unanswered points, capitalizing on three straight PC turnovers, to take its first double-digit lead at 49-36, with 13:43 remaining.
The Blue Hose cut the margin to seven after Clyburn hit a basket at 8:15 and was fouled. He hit the bonus to make it 58-51 in favor of the Panthers. It started an 8-1 PC run, highlighted by a three-pointer by Downing, to cut the lead all the way down to three, 59-56, with 7:14 left.
Two free throws by Adam Weary took the lead back up to five at the 6:56 mark before the teams traded points the next several minutes with Panthers holding on to the five-point lead with 4:33 remaining, 65-60.
PC cut the game to four points, 66-62, with 3:12 left but a 10-4 HPU run, which included af our-four effort from the free throw line, gave the Panthers a 10-point 76-66 lead with just under a minute to play.
Two free throws by Mutakabbir cut the margin to eight with 38.8 ticks on the clock but HPU made it a 10-point game again with two free throws of their own to end with the final 78-68 score.
The Blue Hose are next in action Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they host the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner Webb at the Templeton Center at 7 p.m.