Opponent: USC Upstate
Date: November 16, 2015
Site: Clinton, S.C. (Templeton Center)
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP)/Kenn Blankenship (Color)
Live Stats: www.BigSouthSports.com
Series: Tied 12-12
Last four meetings:
2006: UPST 68, PC 64
2005: PC 74, UPST 63
2004: UPST 67, PC 61
2003: PC 80, UPST 65
Record: 0-1, 0-0
Last Game: Nov. 13, 2015 at Texas A&M
L 64-104, in College Station, Texas
Head Coach: Eddie Payne
Career Record: 460-437 (31st year)
UPST Record: 200-204 (14th year)
vs. PC: 2-3
Record: 0-1, 0-0
Last Game: Nov. 13, 2015 at Furman
L 53-63 in Greenville, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 400-380 (27th year)
PC Record: 400-380 (27th year)
vs. USC Upstate: 5-2
The Blue Hose open the home season with a Nov. 16 tilt against USC Upstate ... The two teams have met 24 times and were regular opponents during the 70s, 80s and 00s, but have not met since 2006, when both were NCAA Division II members ... The last meeting was a close Spartan 68-64 win in 2006 ...
Th 24 games against the Spartans, the average margin of victory for either team has been just 7.29 points ... 16 have been by just single digits, which includes nine by under five points ...
The Blue Hose opened the season with a 63-53 loss at Furman Nov. 13 ... Despite a better shooting percentage, 41.5%-34.6%, the Blue Hose could not overcome 28 fouls resulting in 24 free throws ... PC also lost the rebound margin, 50-29, with Furman pulling down 22 offensive boards, resulting in a 22-10 difference in second-chance points ... DeSean Murray led the team in points with 18, with Junior transfer John Majors, II, pacing boards with seven ...
PC hosted Mars Hill in exhibition action Nov. 9, with the home team winning 90-84, in overtime ... John Majors, II scored 21, which included 11 free throws in the game ... Ruben Arroyo scored 17, while Reggie Dillard added 12 and Ed Drew 11, as the Blue Hose survived several furious Mars Hill rallies, including the last 10 minutes of regulations that saw the Lions erase a 10-point deficit and tie the game as time expired with a three-pointer ... MHU fought back to within one several times in overtime but could not overcome solid free throw Blue Hose shooting ...
PC returns three of five starters from last season's team, not including Reggie Dillard, who sat out due to an injury ... Dillard was a starter in 29 of 30 games in 2013-14 ... Lost are Jordan Downing and Will Truss, who combined to score over 800 points last season (25.47 a game) ... Returning is DeSean Murray, who was second on the team on offense with 15.7 ppg ...
This season’s non-conference schedule includes four teams from the Southern Conference (Furman, The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford, and one team from the Atlantic Sun (USC Upstate), ACC (Clemson), A-10 (Richmond), and the Big East (Marquette) ...
With the 53 points scored against Furman in the season opener, the Blue Hose moved to 1-35 the last four seasons when scoring under 59 points ... The only win a 57-54 decision against Gardner-Webb Feb. 6, 2013 ...
Blue Hose games aren’t typically one-point decisions ... In almost 250 games since the team has played since moving to Division I in 2007, there have been just seven one-point games ... The Blue Hose hold a 4-3 mark after the Winthrop 56-57 loss Jan. 8, 2015 ...
The Blue Hose went 3-14 on the road last year, the last win a 69-65 decision at UNC Asheville Feb. 12, 2015 ... The Liberty win Jan. 3, 2015 actually marked the first road win since Dec. 3, 2013, when PC took down Southern Conference foe UNCG, 87-66 ... The Blue Hose are 5-52 since the 2012-13 season and 24-126 since becoming a Division I member in 2007 ... The three road wins last season were the most since the team went 7-7 during the 2011-12 season ... PC opened the season with a road loss at Furman ...
On tap for PC after USC Upstate is a Wednesday evening home game against Toccoa Falls ... This marks the fourth straight year the two teams have met with PC holding a 3-0 mark, winning by an average of 30.67 points ...