CLINTON, S.C. --- St. Francis used a pair of three’s in the final minute to take a 90-86 win over the Blue Hose on Wednesday night inside the Templeton Center. Francois Lewis led the way with 35 points, going 12-of-17 from the floor and also made four-of-five three pointers.
Scoring the Game
St. Francis took an early 7-3 lead in the opening four minutes of the game before PC responded to take a 10-9 lead with 15:28 to go in the first half. The two teams stayed tight throughout the first half as the Terriers took their largest lead of the first half with 12:37 to go at 19-12 after an eight-point burst. The Blue Hose continued to battle back as they cut the lead back to 21-20 on a Chris Martin three-point play with 10:55 to go in the half. The teams continued to keep it even over the next several minutes with PC taking a six-point lead on two occasions with the second of those coming at 41-35 with 1:56 to play. The Terriers closed on a 7-0 run to take a one-point lead, 42-41 to the half.
The game continued to stay tight to open the second half before a quick 6-0 run by St. Francis pushed it out to 58-51 with 12:33 to go. The Blue Hose continued to combat the runs from the Terriers as a 9-2 run tied the game at 60 just two minutes later after a Corey Hightower layup. St. Francis over the next three minutes would race back out to a 71-62 lead with 7:49 to go in the half. The Blue Hose continued to answer St. Francis’s runs as an 11-4 run cut the lead down to 2, 75-73 after a Adam Flagler three pointer. The game would be knotted at 81 before St. Francis buried a three pointer with 1:15 to go. St. Francis buried back-to-back three’s to ultimately take a 90-86 victory on the night.
Players of the Game
Francois Lewis led the team with 35 points on 12-of-17 shooting, while adding four three pointers and seven free throws. Adam Flagler added 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with Corey Hightower chipping in with 16 points. Hightower led the way with 11 rebounds and Davon Bell added 11 assists. Chancey Hawkins paced the Terriers with 27 points and five assists.
Stats of the Game
PC shot 45% for the game, while St. Francis hit 51% for the contest. The Blue Hose buried 10 three-pointers as the Terriers made eight from beyond the arc. St. Francis had the rebounding advantage with a 42-34 lead, while PC committed only six turnovers to the Terriers nine. St. Francis had a 52-10 advantage on points off the bench.
- Senior Francois Lewis set a new career-high with 35 points. The mark sits fourth in the Blue Hose Division One era.
- Corey Hightower surpassed his career-high for rebounds with 11.
- Davon Bell with his 11 assists ranks second in the Blue Hose D1 single-game record book.
- Bell’s 11 assists put him in sole possession of first place in the Division One record book.
- Lewis with his 12 field goals made sits in a tie for second in the Division One era for made field goals.
- Hightower’s 16 points and 11 rebounds marks the Blue Hose first double-double since Feb. 25, 2017
For the Record
PC drops to 3-4 overall, while St. Francis-Brooklyn improves to 4-3.
The Blue Hose travel to Greensboro for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the NC A&T. The game with the Aggies is set for a 4 p.m. tipoff from the Corbett Sports Center.
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