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The Presbyterian College men's basketball team returns to the Templeton Center this Wednesday, Feb. 6, to host the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner Webb.  The game will be broadcast live on the Big South Network, sponsored by State Farm, at www.bigsouthsports.com.

Gardner Webb owns a slight 18-17 edge in the overall series dating back to 1977.  PC won the last meeting, 68-62, in Boiling Springs.  The win marked the first for the Blue Hose in the last six meetings.  The last five of six games have been decided by seven points or less.  Those include two overtime games and two decided by a point.

Gardner Webb is 13-10 overall and 5-4 in the Big South after a 76-65 win over Longwood in its last game.  The Runnin' Bulldogs are led by Tashan Newsome with 14.3 points per game and Donta Harper with 12.8.  Pacing the team in rebounds is Kevin Hartley who is averaging 6.3 a game.  GWU is averaging 65.9 points and 36.1 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 60.8 points and 32.5 rebounds per game.

The Blue Hose are 5-18 overall and 2-7 in the league and are coming off a 78-68 loss at High Point.  Khalid Mutakabbir and Jordan Downing lead the team in scoring with 15.9 and 13.7 ppg, respectively.  Joshua Clyburn, who has 9.8 ppg, is leading the team in rebounds with 5.7 a game.  PC is averaging 62.3 points and 29.2 rebounds per game.

Presbyterian College travels to Radford, Va., in its next game Saturday, Feb. 9.  Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and can be heard live on WKRI-FM i91.9.


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The Blue Hose are 10th in the nation in free throw percentage (75.9) (first in the Big South) and 30th in fouls per game with 15.3 (as of Jan. 31) ... Khalid Mutakabbir is 53rd in the NCAA in FT shooting with 85.1% ... He has connected on his last 22 in a row, dating back to the second half of the Liberty game Jan. 19 ...

The loss against UNC Asheville marked the first time in PC's Division I history the team has lost despite shooting over 60% ... The Blue Hose, who shot 62.2% against UNCA, are 4-1 since 2007 ... It also marked the first time this season PC has fallen after shooting over 50% from the field ... Sine 2007, the Blue Hose are 26-15 ...

Eric Washington is averaging 6.6 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 4.3 ... Eric Washington has recorded two double-doubles so far this season, with 10 assists and 11 points against Liberty and 10 assists and 10 points against Longwood ...

The combination of Khalid Mutakabbir and Jordan Downing have proved to be a key for the Blue Hose offense in conference play ... Through nine Big South games Mutakabbir is averaging 17.9 points, compared to his 15.9 a game overall ... Downing is averaging just over two points more in league play, 15.8 - 13.7 ... During the stretch, Mutakabbir has posted three 20-point games in the last three of four games, and had double-digit points in all but one ... Downing has scored in double-figures in all nine games and had a career-high 26 against Winthrop ...

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 ...

High Point broke open a close game in the second half with a 12-3 run that saw the Panthers take a 13-point lead ... PC clawed back to within three with five and a half minutes left but HPU outscored the Blue Hose 15-8 down the stretch to take the eventual 78-68 win ... Joshua Clyburn led in scoring for the fourth time this season with 17 points ... PC held a better shooting percentage 48.9% - 46.4% ...

William Truss finished with a career-high 19 points, while Khalid Mutakabbir recorded a career-best five three-pointers in the loss to UNC Asheville ...

The Blue Hose picked up their second conference win with the 82-71 decision at Longwood ... Khalid Mutakabbir posted a career-high 29 points, and hit six-of-six from the charity stripe to lead the team in a perfect 16-of-16 effort in free throws ...

PC fell to Charleston Southern, 79-59, despite out-shooting the Bucs, 62-60 ... CSU hit 15-of-30 three-pointers, compared to five-of-19 for PC, however ... The Blue Hose found success in the paint with the 30-18 advantage ...

The Blue Hose earned their first conference win of the season with the 68-60 decision against Liberty ... Not only did Khalid Mutakabbir record a career-high 26 points, Joshua Clyburn posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds ... Eric Washington had his first career double-double as well, with 11 points and 10 assists ...

The victory over Liberty marked the first time this season the Blue Hose have won on a Saturday, won shooting less than 50% from the field and won after being out-rebounded ...

Jordan Downing scored a career-high 26 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Hose in a 62-51 loss at Winthrop ...

Ryan Hargrave led the team in rebounds with seven in the 86-77 loss to VMI ... It marked the first time in his career he has led the team on the boards ...

PC held Montreat to a season-low 35 points in its 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 ...

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 ... 

A PC player has scored over 20 points eight times this season ... Jordan Downing posted 26 points at Winthrop, 21 points against Appalachian State and his career-first 20+ game with 25 points against Creighton ... Khalid Mutakabbir scored 29 points at Longwood, 26 points against Liberty, 23 against North Greenville and 20 against Toccoa Falls ... Joshua Clyburn posted his first 20+ game with 20 against Furman ...

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 ...

William Truss led the team in rebounds, for the first time in his collegiate career, with seven against Wisconsin ...

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 then 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 1,361 career points he is just 60 points from becoming the first PC Division I player to reach 1,500 points ...

Khalid Mutakabbir needs just 59 points, 68 three-pointers and 60 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 113 ...

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 381 career wins ... He needs 19 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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Volleyball's Kelly Berryman and football's Ed Britt were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for their accomplishments for the week ending November 10.