J.C. Younger hit a fade away jumper as time expired to give the Presbyterian College men's basketball team the dramatic 74-72 come from behind win over UNCG in Tuesday evening action at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose effort with 22 points.
Stat of the Game
Presbyterian shot 54.7 percent from the field as they made 29 of 53 shots including 10 three-pointers. The Spartans also shot 48.3 percent in the game with 10 made three-point shots.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Senior guard Reggie Dillard scored a game high 22 points to lead four Blue Hose players that reached double figures. Ethan Kay scored 15 as he made five of the Blue Hose’s 10 three-pointers, the five three-point makes was one off of his career high. Armel Tete scored a career high 12 points in the post and Davon Bell scored 10 to go along with his game high eight assists.
How it Happened
The two teams went back and forth the first couple of minutes but a James Dickey bucket for the Spartans would spark a 10-0 run to put UNCG up 15-4 13:05 to go in the half. Kay made his first of five three-pointers at the 12:48 mark to end the Spartan run and make it 15-7.
The Spartans came right back down the floor and put UNCG back up by 10, they would maintain a 10+ point lead for the next six minutes of game time. Their lead grew to 15 at 28-13 with 8:10 to play but at 7:13 Tete made a basket that sparked a 16-0 and lasted four minutes of game time giving PC a 29-28 lead with 3:38 to go in the first. The remainder of the half went back and forth and UNCG went into the locker room with a 36-34 lead.
The Spartans started the second half on a 7-2 run that lasted the first 2:32. PC responded with an 9-0 run that was sparked by a Tete dunk and three-pointer by Dillard. Neither team led by more than four until the 1:19 mark when a Spartans three put them up by five. Bell made a lay-up to cut into the lead and Kay followed it up with a three-ball to tie the score at 72-72.
PC made a defensive stop with 10 second left in regulation, the Blue Hose got the rebound as it went out of bounds off UNCG. With three fouls to give before the bonus the Spartans used all three of them to not let the Blue Hose get a good look, the last foul came with 1.2 seconds remaining. Younger caught the inbounds pass from Dillard and made the game-winner as time expired.
For the Record
The Blue Hose improve to 3-5 on the season and UNCG dropped to 4-3.
Kay’s 14 three-point field goal attempts tied for second in the PC Division I record book.
27 three-point field goals attempted as a team tied-11 in PC’s Division I record book.
Kay’s 14 field goals attempted and 14 three-point field goals attempted were personal career highs in both categories.
Tete’s 12 points were a career high off a career best 5-5 from the field.
This is the sixth time in the last eight games that a PC player has scored at least 20 points.
This was Dillard’s second straight 20-point effort and fourth of the season.
The Blue Hose host North Carolina A&T in the second of four straight home games at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2.
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