VMI scored 46 points in the second half to erase an eight-point halftime deficit and take the 76-61 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in action Tuesday evening in Lexington, Va. DeSean Murray led all scorers with a career-high 26 points in the loss.
PC drops to 3-2 overall, while VMI improves to 2-2. The Blue Hose return home Nov. 28, to host Wofford in a 7 p.m., game. Children and adults with canned goods will be admitted free of charge.
The Blue Hose shot 29.6% in the second half after opening the game hitting 55.6%. PC hit 42.6% for the game, compared to VMI’s 43.3%. The Keydets connected on seven three-pointers, all coming in the second half. PC recorded just two for the contest. Rebounds were fairly even with PC holding a slight 37-34 advantage.
Following Murray on offense were Markus Terry, Reggie Dillard and Ed Drew, all with seven points apiece. Murray added 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Peterson paced VMI with 25 points with Julian Eleby adding 16 and Trey Chapman and Jordan Weethee posting 11 each. Peterson led the team on the boards with eight.
VMI came out of the locker room on fire, outscoring PC 13-5, capped by a Weethee three-pointer, to tie the game at 43-43, 14:22 on the clock. A Peterson three, his first, gave the Keydets their first lead of the game, 46-43. Murray’s jumper at 11:55 was PC’s first made basket in six tries and cut the margin back to one.
After Murray tied it up at 46-46 off a free throw at 11:15, VMI scored 10 straight, highlighted by back to back threes, to take a 56-46 lead with just over eight to play. In all, the Keydets opened the second half on a 26-8 run to take their largest lead of the game.
PC made it a five-point game, 53-58, off a Murray jumper and free throw at the 5:36 mark, but two three-pointers in just over a minute jumped VMI’s lead to nine, 4:31 left. That would end up being the last rally for the Blue Hose as the Keydets scored the final 18 of 26 points to take the 76-61 win.
The Blue Hose opened the game with seven straight before extending the lead to 16-5 with 13:05 left before the half. Seven unanswered by VMI, including five from Peterson, cut the Blue Hose lead to four at the 9:44 mark. Peterson made it a two-point game, 20-18, but a basket by Drew and a three-pointer by Dillard increased the margin back to seven, 25-18, 6:05 to go.
The Blue Hose opened a double-digit lead several times the remainder of the half before settling on the eight-point 38-30 margin at intermission after Fred Iruafemi hit a jumper as time expired.