Presbyterian College Athletics
PC Men Eclipse Century Mark in 116-75 Win over Toccoa Falls
Five Blue Hose scored in double figures, including Ed Drew with a career-high 22, to propel the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team to the 116-75 win over Toccoa Falls in action Wednesday evening in Templeton Center. The 116 points is the most in PC’s Division I history, surpassing the 111 scored against Carver Bible College in 2008.
PC improves to 2-1 on the year, while Toccoa Falls drops to 2-5. The Blue Hose remain home for their next game, taking on The Citadel at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, as part of a doubleheader with the football team, which hosts Kennesaw State at Bailey Stadium at 2 p.m.
In a game that saw 15 Blue Hose play, Drew was the head of the class, posting 22 points off a 10-of-13 shooting effort, and pulling down a career-high tying 12 rebounds. DeSean Murray had 18 points, with John Majors, II behind him with 17. Ruben Arroyo added 14, while Austin Venable came away with 10.
Carlos Hamlett led Toccoa Falls with 18 points and Cam Williams pacing the team in rebounds with nine.
PC shot 53.6% from the field and dominated the paint, 80-46. The Blue Hose recorded 56 rebounds, compared to 42 for the Eagles, which shot 36.5%. Toccoa Falls turned the ball over 23 times resulting in a 22-12 advantage for PC in second chance points. Free throws were fairly even with PC hitting 23-of-36 and TFC connecting on 20-of-28
PC scored the first eight points of the game, in part to four points from Murray and Drew, and extended the lead to 12, before Toccoa Falls connected on back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to nine, 14-5, 16:43 left in the opening half.
Trailing by 11 with 13:04 remaining, the Eagles hit two free throws and recorded another basket by Zach Barrett to quickly cut the margin to seven, 11:19 on the clock.
Leading by just eight, three minutes later, Venable hit two treys and a basket to help the Blue Hose to a 15-point lead, 37-23 with 8:26 left. PC would extend its lead by as much as 23 in the first half and went into the locker room with the 59-36 lead.
Much of the same in the second half for PC as the Blue Hose had offensive answers every time Toccoa Falls tried to get anything going and gradually increased their lead to 41, 112-71, with 1:58 on the clock, before settling on the 41-point, 116-75 win.
A lay-up by Drew at the 5:30 mark gave PC 100 points, marking just the second time in PC’s Division I history the team has scored 100 or more.