The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team shot over 60% in the second half and held UNC Asheville to just 35% to cruise to the 67-44 win in Big South action Thursday evening at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.  Francois Lewis led PC with 12 points and nine rebounds.

 

Scoring the Game

A low scoring affair for much of the first half, PC opened up a 15-6 lead with 10::33 to go off a Francois Lewis three-pointer.  Asheville cut the margin to six off a 5-3 run, but Lewis and JC Younger came back with three-pointers in a three-minute span to lead PC in a 12-0 run to take the lead to 18, 29-11, 2:19 on the clock.  DeVon Baker ended the Bulldog drought with a three-pointer at 1:47.  Adam Flagler responded 25 seconds later with his first three of the night, before Jalen Seegars answered with Asheville’s second three in a span of a minute to make it a 15-point game, 32-17, at the break.

 

Flagler led off the second half with back to back three-pointers as part of eight straight points to propel PC to a 23-point, 40-17 lead, 18:31 on the clock.  The home team extended the lead to 26 seven minutes in before an L.J. Thorpe three and Cress Worthy layup made it a 21-point contest.  The Bulldogs would match that again with just over four to play and again at the one-minute mark off a 5-0 run.  Cody Shubert’s three increased back to 24, with a UNC Asheville free throw at the 26 second mark making it a 23-point game at the end, 67-44.

 

Players of the Game

Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with 12 points and nine rebounds, followed by Adam Flagler and Cory Hightower with 11 points apiece.  Davon Bell recorded seven assists as well.  DeVon Baker paced UNC Asheville with 14 points, with Stephen Edoka pulling down six rebounds.

 

Stats of the Game

UNC Asheville shot 37.5% in the first half, compared to 40.0% for PC, with the Blue Hose hitting five threes, to Asheville’s two.  The Blue Hose had just three turnovers, while UNC Asheville posted 15, resulting in an 11-1 advantage for PC in points off turnovers.

 

The Bulldogs shot 33.3% in the second half to finish with 35.0%, while PC ended the game with 49.1% after shooting 60.9% in the second.  The Blue Hose hit 10 three-pointers and pulled down 25 rebounds, while the Bulldogs connected on five three-pointers and had 31 rebounds.  Turnovers were in favor of Asheville, 21-10, with PC holding the 18-6 mark in points off turnovers.

 

Notables

  • The 23 assists tied for fifth in the PC DI record book.
  • Cory Hightower tied his career-high with six assists.
  • PC won its ninth game at home, tying for the most in its Division I history.
  • The 14 overall wins are tied for most in PC’s DI history.

 

For the Record

PC improves to 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big South, while UNC Asheville moves to 3-21, 1-9.

 

Up Next

The Blue Hose host Gardner-Webb Saturday, Feb.9, at 4:30 p.m., as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team, which faces Winthrop at 2 p.m.  Both games will be televised on ESPN3.