In a game that came down to the wire in the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team rallied back from a late six-point deficit only to fall one basket short in a 73-72 loss to Charleston Southern in Big South action Wednesday night at Templeton Center, in Clinton, S.C. DeSean Murray posted his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
PC moves to 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the Big South, while Charleston Southern improves to 8-11, 4-4. The Blue Hose are on the road next at UNC Asheville, Jan. 23. Tip-off is slated for 4:30 p.m., and will be televised on ESPN3. The loss snapped a four-game home winning streak for the Blue Hose and moved PC’s Division I record of one-point games to 6-3
Trailing by six with 1:09 to go, PC fought back to within one off a Dillard layup and a very nice three from Adams, to cut the margin to just one, 70-69, 54 seconds to go.
PC took a 72-71 lead off two Dillard free throws with 13 seconds to go, before CSU returned the favor with two free throws of their own to retake the one-point lead, 73-72, just seven seconds to go.
The Blue Hose had a chance at the end to win but Dillard’s three-point attempt rimmed out to give the Bucs the 73-72 win.
Charleston Southern led by five on several occasions early in the first half, the last at 14-9, off a three-pointer from Patrick Wallace at the 14:56 mark. An 8-0 run by PC, capped by a basket from Will Adams and another by Darius Moore just a few seconds later after he stripped the ball on the CSU inbounds pass, gave home team a quick three-point lead, 17-14, 12:17 to go.
The Blue Hose led by five, 25-20, with just over seven-and-a-half to play in the first but CSU fought back with six unanswered, highlighted by a Demetrius Pollard three, one of the Bucs’ five of the half, to retake the one-point, 26-25 lead, 3:48 left.
Austin Venable’s jumper a minute later put PC up by one, with a dunk by Moore at 1:27 making it a three-point game, 29-26. CSU tied it up with a three-pointer before pushing the lead to two off a Wheeler jumper at the 27 second mark. Markus Terry closed out the half with two free throws to send the teams to the locker room tied 31-31.
A back and forth tug of war for much of the second half, both teams held leads with neither of them able to gain much of a foothold.
Trailing 46-42 with 13:28 to go, PC stormed back with a three from Terry and an impressive dunk by DeSean Murray to give the home team a one-point lead, 47-46, 11:47 left.
Leading again by one, 57-56, 7:48 left, Charleston Southern scored five unanswered to take its largest lead of the half to that point, 62-56, 7:26 on the clock. Three straight points from Ed Drew helped PC cut the margin to two with six on the clock, however.
The Bucs responded with a dunk by Aaron Wheeler and another three by Wallace, his fourth of the night, over the next minute, to give the visitors a seven-point, 67-60, lead, 5:09 to go in the game.
Murray led PC with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. He was followed by Terry with 14 points and Dillard with 12. Wheeler paced CSU with 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Raemond Robinson with 16 points, 15 of which came from five three-pointers.
Both teams shot the ball roughly the same with CSU coming away with the slight 44.8% to 42.6% advantage. The Bucs hit 12 three-pointers, compared to four for the Blue Hose. CSU hit nine-of-19 free throws, PC 16-of-22. Rebounds were tied 37-37, with turnovers in favor of PC, 9-16. The Blue Hose dominated the paint, 42-24 and points off turnovers, 18-11.