Davon Bell’s two baskets in the final two minutes, as well as Cory Hightower’s layup and block, helped the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team survive a late South Carolina State rally and come away with the 72-70 win Wednesday evening in Orangeburg, S.C.  Bell led the Blue Hose offense with 19 points.

 

Scoring the Game

PC led by as much as five midway through the first half, including a 17-12 edge with just over 11 to play.  The Bulldogs outscored the Blue Hose 15-8 over the next seven minutes to take a two-point, 27-25, lead four and a half remaining.  That would be the last time the Bulldogs led, with PC ending the half on a 14-5 run to head to the locker room leading 39-32.

 

The Blue Hose extended their lead to 11, 49-38, just over 17 to go, but eight unanswered by S.C. State made it a three-point game, 14 and a half to play.  The Bulldogs kept the margin close the remainder of the game, trailing by just five on several occasions, including 59-64, 5:10 left.

 

The Bulldogs cut the margin to one three times in the final three minutes, but PC responded well each time, with layups from Bell and Hightower.  S.C. State had the ball with just a few seconds left but missed two attempts, the first off a Hightower block, as PC survived for the two-point, 72-70, win.

 

Players of the Game

Davon Bell and Adam Flagler led the way for PC with 19 and 16 points, respectively, with Cory Hightower tops on the boards with nine rebounds.  Damani Applewhite led S.C. State with 18 points.

 

Stats of the Game

The Blue Hose shot 50.0% from the field, for the fifth time this season, and went 10-of-23 from the perimeter.  The Bulldogs hit five three-pointers and shot 46.5%.  S.C. State held the rebounding advantage, 37-22, but had 10 more turnovers, 18-8.  The Blue Hose took advantage with a 23-11 in points off turnovers, with the Bulldogs finishing with a 19-9 mark in second chance points.

 

Notables

- Seventh time this season the Blue Hose have posted single-digit turnovers, and third in a row.

- 11th game with at least 10 three-pointers.

- 12th game that PC has outshot its opponent.

 

For the Record

PC moves to 8-7 overall, while S.C. State falls to 2-14.

 

Up Next

The Blue Hose open Big South play Saturday, Jan 5, at Templeton Center when they host USC Upstate at 4 p.m.

 

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