Game Information
Opponent: Winthrop
Date: December 5, 2015
Site: Rock Hill, S.C. (Winthrop Coliseum)
Video: www.BigSouthSports.com
Radio: SUNNY 103.5-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP)/Kenn Blankenship (Color)
Live Stats: www.WinthropEagles.com
Twitter: @BlueHoseSports
Series: Winthrop leads 17-12
Last four meetings:
2015: WIN 80, PC 53
2015: WIN 57, PC 56
2014: WIN 82, PC 60
2014: WIN 71, PC 67

Winthrop
Record: 5-1, 1-0
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Dec. 2, 2015 at Charleston Southern
W 83-2 in Charleston, S.C.
Head Coach: Pat Kelsey
Career Record: 58-44 (4th year)
GWU Record: 58-44 (4th year)
vs. PC: 5-1

Presbyterian College
Record: 3-4, 0-1
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Dec. 2, 2015 vs Gardner-Webb
L 76-87 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 403-383 (27th year)
PC Record: 403-383 (27th year)
vs. Winthrop: 3-13

Notes

The Blue Hose head to Rock Hill for a Big South game against Winthrop ... The game, slated for Saturday, Dec. 5, is set for 4 p.m. ... Winthrop leads the series 17-12 and have won the last four, including an 80-53 decision in Rock Hill to end the 2015 regular season ... In the 15 Division I games between Winthrop and Presbyterian College, 10 of them have been decided by single digits ... The average margin has been 7.9 with the record at 11-3, in favor of the Eagles ...

Winthrop is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big South, with a close 83-82 win at Charleston Southern Dec. 2 ... The Eagles opened the season 4-0 before dropping an 87-79 game at N.C. State Nov. 27 ... Leading a Winthrop team that is averaging 88.2 points and 40.8 rebounds per game, is Jimmy Gavin with 19.7 ppg, followed by Keon Johnson with his 18.7 ... Xavier Cooks is tops on the boards with 6.8 a game ...

Leading a 3-4 Blue Hose team is DeSean Murray with 20.7 ppg, followed by Ed Drew with 11.7 ... Tops on the boards is Murray with 6.4 a game, with Ed Drew close behind at 5.1 ... PC is averaging 76.1 points and 35.7 rebounds a game and are holding opponents to .428 from the field, while shooting .477 ...

The Blue Hose fought back from a 20+ point deficit with a 22-6 run in the second half to cut the lead to single digits late, but could not overcome Gardner-Webb in an 87-76 loss Dec. 2, in the Big South opener for both teams ... PC outscored GWU 49-47 in the second half and turned the ball over just four times in the second, compared to 11 in the first ... DeSean Murray scored a career-high 28 points in the loss, with Markus Terry adding a season-high 13 ... PC hit a season-high 24 free throws in the loss ...

Should it hold the rest of the season, the 76.1 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, around 11 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 47.7 field goal percentage is tops and is 1.3 higher than the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 35.7, 3.0 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are number one as well, 13.1 compared to 11.9 in 2012-13 ...

PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at third in free throw pct. (.707), first in field goal pct. (.477), fourth in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.317), and defensive rebounds (27.1) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (20.7), second in field goal pct. (.653) and first in steals (2.3) ...

DeSean Murray is 13th in the nation in field goal percentage (65.3), 14th in free throws made (47.0), 11th in free throw attempts (62.0) and 28th in points per game (20.7) ... (as of 12/2/15)

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) ...

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 eight one-point games ... The Blue Hose hold a 5-3 mark after the USC Upstate 74-73 win Nov. 16, 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 5-53 since the 2012-13 season and 24-127 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 has played two road games so far this season and is 0-2 ...

PC, which finished last season 7-8 at home, its best since going 7-6 during 2013-14, looks to defend its 3-2 record this year when the Blue Hose host Montreat Dec. 7 ...

DeSean Murray earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors this past season to become the first in PC’s Division I history to pick up the award ...

On tap for PC is a non-conference game against Montreat slated for Dec. 7 ... That home game is set for 7 p.m. ... PC leads 6-0 in the overall series, all home contest, and have hosted the Cavaliers for the last four seasons ...

Game Recaps

PC outscored Wofford in the second half but could not overcome a 12-point halftime deficit, falling to the Terriers 68-58 Nov. 28 ... PC led by seven four minutes into the first but were outscored 27-8 over the next nine minutes to help give Wofford a 34-22 lead at the break ... PC mounted several rallies in the second, even cutting the lead to within five on several occasions but the Terriers were able to outlast the home team at the end ... The Terriers were held to 38.3% from the field but connected on 26 free throws ... PC shot 42.6%, including 51.6% in the second half ... The Blue Hose controlled the paint 26-18, and out-shot the visitors 54-47, with DeSean Murray leading all scorers with 24 points ...

PC earned a 95-79 win over The Citadel Nov. 21 ... The team shot 59.6% from the field and was led by Ed Drew, who posted is second career-scoring game in a row with 26 ... The Blue Hose held the Bulldogs to 20 points below their season average ...

PC earned its second straight home win with a 116-75 win against Toccoa Falls Nov. 18 ... The Blue Hose scored a PC Division I record 116 points, with Ed Drew accounting for 22 of them, a career-high ... He also led the team with 12 rebounds ... DeSean Murray added 18 points for his third straight double-figure game of the season ...

In a thrilling game against USC Upstate Nov. 16, the Blue Hose earned a 74-73 win at Templeton Center ... DeSean Murray scored 24 points, including three in the last two minutes to help erase a four-point deficit and lead PC through a late-game rally ... Reggie Dillard added two free throws with 1.5 left to go ahead and seal the win ...

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 ...