After the Camels rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to tie the game with a minute and a half to go, the Presbyterian College men's basketball team closed it out with six free throws to quiet Campbell and take the 76-71 win in Big South action Saturday evening at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Davon Bell led the Blue Hose with 20 points, 13 of which came from the charity stripe.
Scoring the Game
Presbyterian College led early in the first half by seven, 10-3, helped by three-pointers from Adam Flagler and Francois Lewis. Campbell rallied with a 10-4 run to cut the margin to one, 14-13, 8:54 on the clock. The Blue Hose responded with four straight threes, three in a row from JC Younger, to jump out to a 13-point lead, 26-13, 6:26 to go. The Camels came back with seven unanswered to cut the margin to six. It was short-lived as Younger came back with another three at 4:10 to make it a nine-point game. After trading baskets the final four minutes PC went into the locker room ahead by nine, 34-25.
A 9-3 run to open the second half propelled the Blue Hose to their largest lead of the game to that point at 15, 43-28, just under 17 to play. After a back and forth game the next four minutes, PC led by 15 again, 51-36, 13:06 on the clock. Campbell started to rally with three straight baskets and a free throw to cut the lead to eight, 51-43, 11:18 to go. Younger came through again with his fifth three to make it an 11-point game. The Camels answered with a 10-2 run, led by Chris Clemons’ four points, to cut the margin to three, 56-53, 7:44 on the clock.
Chris Clemons hit a three-pointer at 5:47 to cut the PC lead to one, 59-58. That gave him 22 points for the game and 3,000 for his career, becoming the ninth player in NCAA history to do so.
The Blue Hose rallied back to an eight-point lead, 66-58, 4:17 on the clock, with four free throws and a three-pointer from Davon Bell. Four free throws from Clemons helped Campbell it a two-point game, 68-66, 1:52 to go, with a Cory Gensler layup at 1:21 tying the contest, 68-68. Flagler quickly put PC ahead again with a jumper just under a minute left. Bell helped ice it over the next 30 seconds with four free throws as PC went ahead by six. Campbell would cut it to three off a layup and free throw by Trey Spencer at the 24 second mark. That would be it as Younger hit two free throws to five PC the final 76-71 win.
Players of the Game
Davon Bell led the team with 20 points, 13 coming off a career-high 13 free throws. He also led in assists with nine. JC Younger finished with 17 off a five-of-six effort from the perimeter, with Adam Flagler posting 14. Cory Hightower, who scored 10 points, led PC in rebounds with eight. Chris Clemons led Campbell with 28 points, with Isaac Chatman tops on the boards with seven.
Stats of the Game
PC shot 46.3% for the game, including 54.5% in the second half, with Campbell shooting 39.7% for the game. The Blue Hose hit 10 three-pointers, to Campbell’s six, with the Blue Hose connecting on 16 free throws to the Camels’ 19. Campbell edged PC on the boards, 33-32, with turnovers in PC’s favor, 10-11.
- Davon Bell’s career-high 13 free throws tied for first in the PC DI record book, his career best 14 attempts tied for fifth.
- Adam Flagler record a career-high seven assists.
- The 16 wins is a PC DI record.
For the Record
PC improves to 16-12 overall and 8-5 in the Big South, while Campbell moves to 15-11, 8-4.
The Blue Hose are next in action at UNC Asheville, Saturday, Feb. 23, with tip-off slated for 4:30 p.m., and broadcast live on ESPN+.