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.