The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team outscored High Point in the second but could not overcome a double-digit halftime deficit, dropping a 74-58 decision in Big South action Thursday evening in High Point, N.C. Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose offense with 19 points.
Scoring the Game
High Point opened the game with eight straight, a Cory Hightower lay-up at 17:25 snapping the drought for PC. Points for the Blue Hose were hard to come back in the opening half, with the Panthers jumping out to a 23-7 lead, with just over 10 to play. A Chris Martin three-pointer helped the Blue Hose in a 7-0 run to cut the margin to nine at 23-14, 8:26 left. High Point responded with back to back three-pointers, to go up by 15, just under five to go.
The Panthers extended their lead to 36-18, until Romeo Crouch hit a three-pointer to trim the lead to 15 again. After both teams traded baskets in the final 45 seconds, High Point rounded out the half with two free throws to go into the locker room leading by 17, 40-23.
Trailing by 20 with 15:02 remaining in the second half, PC scored seven straight, including an Adam Flagler three-pointer, his second of the night, to cut the HPU lead to 51-38. It was the start of a 10-2 run that ended with PC down by just 12, 41-53, 12:19 left.
Down by 13, 55-42, PC scored four unanswered to cut the lead to single digits, 55-46, 6:59 to go, but the Panthers hit five over the next minute to go up 14, 60-46. The Blue Hose were able to cut the lead to 11 again, off a Francois Lewis lay-up at 4:09 but that is as close as they would get the remainder of the game with High Point putting the game out of reach with a 7-0 run, taking the eventual 74-58 win.
Players of the Game
Francois Lewis led PC with 19 points, helped by three three-pointers. Davon Bell was second with 11 points, with Cory Hightower leading the way with seven rebounds. Brandonn Kamga led High Point with 25 points.
Stats of the Game
PC struggled from the field, shooting 30 percent in the first half, compared to 53.3% for HPU. PC improved to 35.5% in the second while the Panthers dropped to 37.0%, with High Point finishing the game with 45.6%, PC 32.8%. The Blue Hose hit eight three-pointers, with the Panthers collecting seven, en route to a 35-34 edge in points in the second half. HPU outrebounded the visitors, 48-32, and held a 13-9 advantage in turnovers. The home team controlled the paint, 34-21, as well.
- The 33 three-pointers attempted tied for seventh in the PC DI record book.
- Chris Martin recorded a career-high three steals.
For the Record
PC moves to 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the Big South, while High Point improves to 9-7, 2-0.
The Blue Hose are at Radford Saturday, Jan. 12, for a 4:30 p.m., contest.
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