The #7-seed Presbyterian College men’s basketball team hit 21 three-pointers, including a record 13 in the first half to open Big South Tournament play with a 106-59 win over #10 seed UNC Asheville in first round action Tuesday evening at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. JC Younger led the Blue Hose with 24 points, all coming off an eight-of-14 effort from the perimeter. The 47-point margin of victory was the most in a Big South tournament game.
Scoring the Game
Four three-pointers in a span of four minutes highlighted the Blue Hose in a 14-6 run to open the game. Asheville cut the lead to four off four unanswered but it was PC with the next nine straight, capped by a Romeo Crouch three-pointer, the team’s sixth, to jump out to a 23-10 lead, 12:06 to go before the break.
Back to back three-pointers from Francois Lewis and back to back threes from Younger from 9:40 to 7:12 led the Blue Hose to their largest lead to that point at 24, 39-15. Younger’s three at 5:10 gave PC a 26-point lead and 11 threes for the half, the most in a half this season.
The Blue Hose weren’t done yet from the perimeter, hitting two more to round out the half with 13 and a 28-point, 58-30 lead.
Much of the same in the second half, PC led by 25 with 17:17 remaining before extending the margin to 45 off a 20-0 run, highlighted by four three-pointers, to lead 82-37, 11:54 left. The Blue Hose were unstoppable from the perimeter hitting four more over the final 11 minutes to take the 47-point, 106-59 win.
Players of the Game
JC Younger was one shy of his career-high with eight three-pointers en route to a team-leading 24 points, followed by a career-high 22 from Romeo Crouch. It marked the seventh game this season at least two have scored over 20 points. Crouch paced the team in rebounds with eight as well. Leading Asheville was Tajion Jones with 15. LJ Thorpe led with five rebounds.
Stats of the Game
Three-pointers ruled the game for PC, as the Blue Hose hit 21, while holding Asheville to five. The Blue Hose shot 56.1% from the field and 53.8% from the perimeter, with Asheville hitting 36.4%overall and 23.8% in three-pointers. PC held the rebounding margin, 45-25, and had two fewer turnovers, 8-10.
- The 58 first half points are second most in a Big South Tournament First Round game, and tied for third most in any league tournament game.
- The 13 first half three pointers are most in a half in PC DI history, and are most in a half of a tournament game.
- The 21 total three-pointers is a league tournament game record, and second in the PC DI record book.
- JC Younger’s eight threes tied for third in the PC DI record book and is a league first round record and tied for first overall, his 14 attempts tied for the record in a first round game, and is tied for second in the PC DI record book.
- PC’s three-pointers attempted ranks fifth in the PC DI record book and is the most in a league first round game.
- The .538 three-point percentage is fifth in the PC DI record book
- The 106 points ranks sixth in the PC record book and is most in a Big South first round game
- The 37 field goals made ranks eighth in the PC DI record book.
- The 47-point margin of victory is a Big South tournament record.
- The 20 team assists are the most in a Big South first round game.
- Romeo Crouch finished with a career-high 22 points off a career-best seven field goals.
- Kody Shubert tied his career-high with five assists
For the Record
PC improves to 18-14 overall, while UNC Asheville ends the season at 4-27.
The Blue Hose advance to the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday, Mar. 7. They face #2 seed Radford at 12:00 p.m.