The Presbyterian College men’s basketball outscored Belmont 13-7 in the fourth overtime, to defeat the Crusaders, 124-118, in exhibition action Wednesday evening in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose scored 66 points in the paint, while holding the Crusaders to just 30, to help stop a Belmont Abbey barrage of 16 three-pointers. Six Blue Hose scored in double-digits with Jo'Vontae Millner and Austin Venable posting double-doubles.
How it Happened
The Blue Hose found themselves down by 13, with just under 10 to play, 28-15, but chipped away at the margin, cutting it to three at the 1:33 mark, 36-33, off an 18-8 run, highlighted by four from Ed Drew and Millner. The Crusaders scored seven of the game’s next nine points, six coming from three-pointers from Ben Ferguson and Jacob Wilson, to head to the locker room with the 43-35 lead.
PC opened the second half with an 11-2 run to erase the lead and move ahead, 46-45, 17:12 to go. Both teams traded baskets the next several minutes with neither team able to take more than a two or three-point lead. Tied 67-67, Belmont Abbey went on a 7-1 run to extend its lead to 74-68, before PC fought back to retake a one-point lead, 77-76, off a J.C. Younger three. Belmont Abbey responded with a three from Drexler Clark to go up by two. Seven seconds left, the Crusaders fouled, sending Younger to the line. He converted both to tie the game at 79-79 with BAC unable to score the game-winner as time expired.
Belmont Abbey opened overtime with a 7-3 run to build a four-point lead, 86-82, 3:31 left. The Crusaders extended to six, 92-86, with a Davon Bell lay-up cutting the margin to two with just under a minute left. Two more free throws put Belmont Abbey up by five, but Reggie Dillard hit his second three-pointer of the night to cut it back to two, 94-92, 33 seconds on the clock. Dillard came through again with two free throws with 16 on the clock to tie the game at 94-94. Belmont Abbey missed another chance at the win to force a second overtime.
Each team converted two free throws and a three-pointer, PC’s coming from Will Adams, to keep the game tied 99-99, 1:53 to go in the game. Each team added a free three the final two minutes, but that’s it as the game went into a third overtime tied 100-100.
PC jumped out to a 106-100 lead in the third overtime with 2:55 left, but the Crusaders scored three three-pointers in an 11-5 run to take a one-point lead with 21 seconds to go. Millner was fouled with a second to go and hit the first but missed the second to send the game to a fourth overtime, 111-111.
The Blue Hose hit six baskets, holding Belmont Abbey to just a three pointer and two free throws the opening three minutes, to build a seven-point, 123-116 lead. Free throws sealed the deal at the end with PC taking the 124-118 win.
Players of the Game
Reggie Dillard led the team with 21 points, followed by Jo’Vontae Millner with 18, Will Adams with 17, and J.C. Younger with 16. Millner posted a double-double with a team-leading 15 rebounds, with Austin Venable adding a double-double as well with 12 boards and 15 points.
Gunnar Hardarson paced Belmont Abbey with 25, followed by 23 from Ben Ferguson. Aidan Richard and Jacob Wilson each posted 10 rebounds. Ferguson and Hardarson each added six three-pointers.
Stats of the Game
PC finished 43-of-93 with eight three-pointers for a 46.2 shooting percentage, with Belmont Abbey hitting 36 baskets, 16 of them three-pointers, recording a 41.4 percentage. The Blue Hose held the rebounding margin 61-54, and had two less turnovers, 13-15. Each team recorded 30 free throws.
PC opens the regular season Friday, Nov. 11, with a 7 p.m., tilt against Furman.
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