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Menís Basketball Falters at West Virginia

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Despite shooting almost 50% in the second half, the Blue Hose couldn’t overcome a double-digit first-half deficit, falling at West Virginia, 88-55, in Cancun Tournament action in Morganton, West Virginia.

PC falls to 1-5 overall, while WVU improves to 4-1.  The Blue Hose head to Cancun for the Cancun Challenge and face Bowling Green Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 1:30 ET.

Leading the charge for PC was Jordan Downing with 18 points, off a three-for-nine effort from the three-point arc.  William Truss pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds, all defensive.  The Blue Hose shot 39.6% for the game and had 28 rebounds, compared to 49.2% for WVU from the field and 40 boards.

After the Mountaineers opened the first half with a 7-0 lead, PC recorded five unanswered to cut the lead to two, 7-5, at the 17:13 mark.  WVU responded with a 13-5 run to take its first double-digit lead, 20-10 with 12:11 left in the first half.

A basket by Downing and a three-pointer by Dillard helped PC cut the lead to four, 20-16, before West Virginia outscored the Blue Hose 28-6 over the next 9:42 to close out the half leading 48-22.

Downing opened the second half with a three pointer at 19:18, but that would be the last basket for PC for the next eight minutes as WVU used a 13-0 road to build a 61-25 lead.  Dillard’s three-pointer at 11:59 snapped the drought, making it 61-28 in favor of WVU.

The Blue Hose were unable to claw their way back, despite shooting 48% in the second half, as the Mountaineers kept the distance over 30 the remainder of the game, taking the eventual 88-55 win.

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CLINTON, S.C. Ė Women's basketball's Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) and men's basketball's William Truss (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for their accomplishments on the court for the week ending December 9.