The Blue Hose capitalized on a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away in a close battle and then hold on through a late Lancer rally as the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team came away with the 71-64 win over Longwood in Big South action Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Adam Flagler scored 21 points to lead the Blue Hose to their seven home win of the season. Cory Hightower posted his second double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Scoring the Game
Longwood jumped out to a 6-0 lead the opening three minutes before PC got on the board with a Flagler basket at 17:11. It was the start of a 6-0 run for the Blue Hose to tie the game at 15:06. The rest of the half was a back and forth defensive battle with neither team able to establish a foothold offensively. Tied for the fifth time at 24-24, JC Younger added a layup and a three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run to give PC its largest lead of the game to that point, at five, 29-24, 2:23 left before the break.
The Lancers were held without a basket the final 7:40 of the first half, with PC taking advantage, posting a 12-5 run to go into the locker room with the seven-point, 34-27, lead.
A 17-6 run to start the second half by Longwood, which included three three-pointers, put the visitors ahead 44-40, 14:34 remaining. PC clawed back over the next three minutes, taking the 47-46 lead off back to back baskets and a free throw from Chris Martin, the first coming off PC’s first steal of the game.
Longwood took a 53-50 lead with just over eight to play but Flagler’s second three-pointer of the afternoon tied the game at 53-53, 7:59 left. It was the start of a 12-0 run, which included six straight from Romeo Crouch, that saw the home team build a 62-53 lead, 5:49 to go. Longwood, which was in the midst of an almost eight-minute field goal drought, hit two free throws at 5:12 to cut the margin to seven, 62-55. The Lancers hit a basket at 2:03 to make it a five-point game, 62-57. Free throws proved clutch down the stretch with two from Hightower making it a three-possession game. PC added several free throws to counter the Longwood baskets to give the Blue Hose the 71-64 win.
Players of the Game
Adam Flagler scored 21 points for the second straight game to lead the Blue Hose. He hit three three-pointers, all in the second half. Cory Hightower paced the team with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 11 points and second double-double of the season. Romeo Crouch added 14 points. Shabooty Phillips paced Longwood with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Stats of the Game
A solid defensive first half, PC shot 42.4%, while Longwood hit 32.0%. The Blue Hit four three-pointers, compared to three for the Lancers. For the game, PC finished with 40.4%, eight three-pointers and 44 rebounds. Longwood ended with a 35.7% from the field, nine three-pointers and 36 rebounds. Each team recorded eight turnovers as well. The second half saw Longwood connect on seven free throws, with PC over doubling that with 15.
- Cory Hightower recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
- Cory Hightower’s 12 rebounds were a career-high.
- The 11 wins ties the total from last season, which is tied for the most since the team earned 14 victories in 2011-12.
- The 7-2 home record is the best since PC went 9-2 back in 2008-09.
For the Record
PC improves to 11-9 overall and 3-2 in the Big South, while Longwood moves to 12-8, 2-3.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Blue Hose as they travel up the road to USC Upstate Monday, Jan. 21, in a 4 p.m., contest.