The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team hit a season-high 18 three-pointers and shot over 62% to run away with the 103-70 win over VMI in non-conference action Wednesday evening in Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. The 18 three-pointers were third highest in the PC Division I record book, with JC Younger connecting on a career-high and PC Division I record nine of them. His career-high 30 points tied for ninth as well.
Scoring the Game
VMI stormed out of the gates to open the game, taking a 12-0 lead five minutes in with a 17-5 run, aided by eight from Tyler Creammer. Younger and Francois Lewis hit back to back three-pointers, igniting a 23-3 run, which included 13 in a row, to take an eight-point lead, 28-20,8:42 remaining in the half. VMI cut it to four off a basket and two free throws, but PC responded with seven unanswered to take an 11-point lead, 35-24, 5:45.
The Blue Hose continued their hot streak, building a 23-point lead, 51-28, 1:41 left, before ending the half leading 54-33. All told PC outscored VMI 49-16, which included a 9-4 edge in three-pointers, in the final 15 minutes. Younger was a perfect five-of-five from the perimeter. In the first half, PC shot 60.7%, holding the Keydets to 40.0%.
PC opened the second half on an 11-4 run to take its largest lead of the game to that point, a 28-point margin, 65-37. Capitalizing on hot shooting, with most of the half over 60%, PC kept the margin over 20 the entire second half. The Blue Hose scored seven straight with just under 12 to play to take a 29-point lead, 78-49, before extending the margin to 36, 101-65, 1:15 to go. PC and VMI traded baskets the final minute with the home team coming away with the 33-point, 103-70, win.
Players of the Game
Younger led the Blue Hose with 30 points, all but three of which came from a nine-of-11 effort from the perimeter, both of which were career-highs. Adam Flagler was just four shy of his career-best with 25 points, 10 of which came off a perfect 10-of-10 effort from the free throw line. Francois Lewis added 11 points, with Cory Hightower pacing the squad in rebounds with six. Davon Bell carried the team in assists with seven.
Leading VMI was Bubba Parham with 26 points, with Tyler Creammer pacing the team on the boards with six.
Stats of the Game
PC’s hot shooting showed in the team statistics, with season-highs in field goal percentage (.627), three-pointers made (18), three-point field goal percentage (.667), free throws made (21), free throw percentage (.913), and assists (27). The Blue Hose held VMI to 41.7% from the field and 27.3% in three-point field goal percentage. PC out-rebounded the Keydets, 35-21, but had two more turnovers, 13-11. PC went 21-for-23 from the charity stripe, compared to 11-for-11 for VMI
- JC Younger’s career-high nine three-pointers tied a PC Division I record
- JC Younger’s career-best 30 points tied for ninth in the PC DI record book
- Adam Flagler’s career-high 10 free throws tied for 11th. His 1.00 pct. tied for first
- Cory Hightower recorded a career-high six assists
- PC’s .667 three-pointer FG percentage was a PC DI mark.
- The 18 three pointers and 27 assists ranked third in the PC Division I record book, the 203 points tied for seventh.
For the Record
PC moves to 5-5 overall, while VMI goes to 5-7.
The Blue Hose host Trinity Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
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