CLINTON, S.C. -- The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team had three players finish in double-figures as the Blue Hose held on for a 64-61 victory over USC Upstate on Saturday at the Templeton Center. Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with 16 points, while the Spartan’s Deion Holmes scored a game-high 21 points.
Scoring the Game
Presbyterian College started the game on a 7-0 run with baskets from Francois Lewis, Adam Flagler and Chris Martin as well as a free throw from Chris Martin. The Spartans responded quickly with a 9-1 run behind 3 three points to take a 9-8 lead with 15:01 to go in the first half. The two teams traded runs over the next four minutes as the game stayed within three over that stretch before PC went on a 9-3 run capped by a Martin layup to make it 24-19 with 8:57 remaining in the half. The Blue Hose and Spartans continued to trade scoring bursts throughout the remainder of the first half before an 8-4 run to close the half gave PC a 34-30 lead at the break.
The teams stayed tight in the early going before a 11-3 burst gave the Blue Hose a 47-36 lead with 16:07 minutes to play in the second half. In the run, Lewis had five points including three straight from the charity stripe. Upstate continued to hang around as they cut the lead to eight, 50-42 with 11:19 to go in the half before a quick 6-0 run pushed the game back out to 14 with 9:58 to go. The Spartans fought back and cut it to six, 58-52 with 5:39 remaining before four straight from Lewis pushed the advantage back out to 10 with 4:15 to go. Upstate made a push going on a 9-2 run over the next four minutes to cut it to 64-61 with a minute to play. The Blue Hose defense held off a pair of late three point attempts by the Spartans before the game ended.
Players of the Game
Lewis led the Blue Hose offense with 16 points as he went 4-of-6 from the floor, while burying all seven of his free throws. Cory Hightower chipped in with 13 points and Adam Flagler added 10 points. Hightower led the Blue Hose with eight rebounds as Davon Bell had three assists. Deion Holmes led the way for USC Upstate with 21 points as Malik Moore added 18 points.
Stats of the Game
PC shot 42% from the field, while holding USC Upstate to 40% for the game. The Spartans made nine threes compared to just three for the Blue Hose. PC had a solid 37-27 advantage on the glass, while also picking up a 30-22 lead in points in the paint. Upstate committed 12 turnovers while forcing 15 Blue Hose turnovers.
- The 25 made free throws is tied for fifth in the Presbyterian Division One record book.
- PC’s 33 attempted free throws sits in a tie for tenth in the Blue Hose D1 era.
- Freshman Cory Hightower set a pair of career-high with his seven made and eight attempted free throws.
- Davon Bell pulled down a season-high seven rebounds.
- The 61 points allowed by the Blue Hose is the fourth fewest scored against PC this season.
For the Record
Presbyterian College wins its third in a row to improve to 9-7 overall and 1-0 in the Big South, while USC Upstate falls to 5-11, 0-1 on the year.
The Blue Hose travel to High Point on January 10 for a 7:00 pm tip-off against the Panthers.