DeSean Murray scored 22 points, while Markus Terry added a season-high 15 points, to lead the Blue Hose in an exciting 69-68 win over Radford in Big South action at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Reggie Dillard’s free throws with four seconds to go proved to be the game-winner in the one-point win.
PC moves to 8-10 overall and 3-4 in the Big South, while Radford drops to 10-9, 3-4. The Blue Hose stay home for a Jan. 20, game against Charleston Southern. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
The win marked just the ninth time in PC’s Division I history the game has been decided by one point. PC is now 6-3 in those games. It was also the fourth home win in a row as PC moved to 7-2 at the Templeton Center this season.
Radford looked to be in control early in the first half, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Trailing 12-3, off a Rashun Davis three-pointer at 14:48, the Blue Hose began to chip away at deficit, cutting it to three points off a 6-0 run.
A Davis jumper made it a four-point game, 11:04 to go, but Murray scored the game’s next six points to propel the Blue Hose to their first lead of the game, 18-16, 8:13 to go. The six straight was part of an 11-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Ruben Arroyo at 5:12, to give PC the 23-16 lead.
Radford kept fighting back, cutting the margin to two off an Ed Polite, J., dunk at 1:18. PC rallied at the end with Murray recording the half’s final four points to give the Blue hose the 31-25 lead in the locker room.
A 22-12 margin in points in the paint as well as a 46% shooting from the field compared to 38% for Radford, helped the Blue Hose take the halftime lead.
PC built a 42-36 lead, 15:12 to go in the game, but back to back threes by Justin Cousin in just under a minute saw the game suddenly tied, 42-42, 14:19 left.
A Kion Brown layup at the 11:35 mark gave Radford its first lead since midway through the first half at 51-49. It was short-lived as Arroy hit his second three of the night while Ed Drew added a dunk, to give PC back the lead at three, 54-51, 10:22 ticks left.
Radford responded with a three by Cameron Jones to tie the game again before Darius Moore’s jumper at 7:39 put PC up by two, 56-54.
Two free throws by Radford knotted the game yet again, this time at 56-56, 7:17. Bothe teams battled back and forth with the game seeing two more ties, the lsat at 60-60, 2:39 to go.
PC led 65-60 before Radford got back to within two. Dillard hit two clutch free throws with 10 seconds to go to put the home team up by four. That proved to be crucial as Davis hit a three with four seconds left to cut the margin to just one.
After PC missed a free throw at the three second mark, Radford missed a three-pointer as time expired to give PC the one-point, 69-68 win.
Following Murray and Terry, was Dillard with 10 points on the night. Murray paced the team with eight rebounds, with Dillard close behind at seven. Polite and Davis led Radford with 15 points apiece. Polite pulled down a team-leading 12 rebounds as well.
PC shot 50.0% for the game and was 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Radford shot 42.1% and hit 11-of-23 from the charity stripe. Rebounds were close with the Highlanders holding a 35-33 edge. PC posted 14 turnovers to Radford’s nine. The Highlanders connected on nine three-pointers, while PC had five.