ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team trailed league-leader UNC Asheville by just one point with 10:43 to play in the game but a late rally gave the Bulldogs (14-7, 7-2 Big South) the 67-55 victory on Saturday afternoon in Kimmel Arena.
Will Adams led the Blue Hose (8-12, 3-6 Big South) with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with three three-pointers. DeSean Murray once again reached double-figures with 10 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and four steals. John Majors led PC in rebounding with seven boards in addition to seven points.
The Blue Hose defense held Asheville to 41.8 percent from the field, the lowest shooting percent against PC since holding Longwood to 41.4 percent nearly three weeks ago. PC connected on 45.8 percent of its shots, including 11-of-21 in the first half, and now has made at least 42.0 percent of its shots in six of its last seven games.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, leading by 12 points in the early going at 15-3 within the first four minutes of the game. The Blue Hose would methodically chip away at the lead, though, and pull with two points at 22-20 with just under seven minutes to play in the opening half.
Asheville would push the margin to six at 26-20 but PC responded with a quick 6-1 run to cut it to one point with 5:01 to go in the half. The league-leading Bulldogs would close out the opening period with a 10-4 run to go in to halftime with a 37-30 advantage.
PC started quick in the second half, scoring the first two baskets to cut the lead to three points at 37-34. Asheville would maintain a two-possession lead early in the second half until PC was able to cut it two points twice. Eventually, the Blue Hose would trim it to a single-point at 46-45 on a three by Darius Moore with 10:43 to play in the game.
The Blue Hose were unable to get any closer from there, as Asheville would pull to a 16-point advantage at 63-47 thanks to a 17-2 run in the latter stages of the game.
Dylan Smith led Asheville with 17 points and six rebounds, while Dwayne Sutton added 15 points and seven rebounds and Sam Hughes contributed 13 points. As a team, the Bulldogs hauled in 17 offensive rebounds to lead to 13 second chance points in the victory.
PC returns to action in a week, hosting Liberty on Saturday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader with the women’s team in the Templeton Center.