In a close game that saw 10 lead changes and 31 total three-pointers, it was a three by the Bucs with 12 seconds left that sealed the heartbreaking 84-85 loss for the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team at Charleston Southern Wednesday evening in Charleston, S.C. Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with 25 points off a career-high five three-pointers. Davon Bell secured his second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 assists.
Scoring the Game
It was all Charleston Southern in the opening five minutes as the Bucs hit five of five three-pointers en route to a 23-10 lead. A Francois Lewis three at 13:45 ignited a 23-7 run over the next seven and a half minutes to take the first lead of the game, 33-30, 6:21 left before the break. Highlighting the run were seven straight from Lewis and back to back three-pointers by JC Younger.
CSU cut the lead to one off a Sadarius Bowser jumper but the Blue Hose responded with an 8-1 run, capped by a Lewis three at 3:08, to take an eight-point lead, 41-33. Lewis added his fourth three-pointer of the night, while Cory Hightower added two free throws to help the Blue Hose head to the locker room leading by 11, 51-40.
Lewis opened the second half with his career-high tying fifth three-pointer to give PC a 14-point lead. That would be the final Blue Hose points for the next two and a half minutes as the Bucs scored 11 straight, which included three three-pointers, to cut the margin to just three, 54-51, 16:49 left. Davon Bell’s jumper at 16:21 ended the drought, but CSU’s 11th three of the night, and a layup by Travis McConico tied the contest at 56-56, 15:26 to go.
A free throw put the Bucs ahead for the first time since the eight-minute mark in the first, but Adam Flagler hit a clutch three 20 seconds later to give PC back the lead. A back and forth battle the next several minutes, CSU erased a three-point deficit with back to back threes by Christian Keeling to give the home team the 66-63 lead, 11:08 remaining. Five unanswered from PC put the visitors ahead again but a Keeling jumper knotted the game for the fifth time.
The Bucs went on a 9-1 run over a span of two and a half minutes to take their largest lead of the half at seven, 77-70, 6:41 left. PC wasn’t done, capitalizing on CSU fouls by hitting seven free throws over a span of a minute and a half to make it a three-point game, 80-77, 4:41 on the clock.
After a back and forth battle, PC was down by five again, but a Hightower layup with a minute and a half to play and a Crouch three-pointer with 47 seconds left tied the game at 82-82. With 20 seconds remaining, Flagler was fouled. He hit both to give PC the two-point, 84-82 lead.
Players of the Game
Francois Lewis hits four of his career-high five three pointers to lead the Blue Hose with 25 points. Davon Bell paced the team on the boards with eight, his 12 assists and 11 points giving him his second double-double in a row. Adam Flagler added 15 points. Christian Keeling led CSU with 21 points.
Stats of the Game
PC struggled offensively early in the first but ended hot, hitting 10 three-pointers, and shooting 65.4% from the field. For the game, the Blue Hose shot 49.0% and with 14 threes. CSU was on fire early but settled down late to finish the half with 50.0%. The Bucs hit seven threes in the first half, but just two in the final 10 minutes. For the game the Bucs connected on 17 three-pointers and a 50.8% shooting. PC held the rebounding advantage, 36-26, and had one more turnover, 10-9.
- Fourth time this season the Blue Hose have scored over 50 points in a half.
- Davon Bell recorded his second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 assists.
- Davon Bell’s 12 assists tied for second in the PC DI record book.
- Francois Lewis hit a career-high five three-pointers.
- 14 three-pointers third highest total of the season and tied for sixth in the PC DI record book.
For the Record
PC moves to 13-11 overall and 5-4 in the Big South, while Charleston Southern improves to 9-11, 3-4
The Blue Hose return to Templeton Center Thursday, Feb. 7, for a 7 p.m., contest against UNC Asheville.
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