DeSean Murray recorded his fifth straight 20-point game, scoring 25 in a 93-69 win for the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team over Montreat Monday evening at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.
The Blue Hose improve to 4-5 overall, while the Cavaliers drop to 1-8. PC takes some time off for exams before resuming action Dec. 15, when the team takes on Clemson at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and can be seen on ESPN3.
The Blue Hose opened the first half with three straight baskets and led 8-2, six points coming from Murray, at the first media timeout. Back to back baskets, including a three from Amir Davis cut the lead to just two, 10-8, 12:46 on the clock.
Murray, who was a perfect six-of-six from the field early in the contest, rallied the Blue Hose back with three more jumpers and PC led by seven with just over 11 minutes to play.
Montreat kept chipping away at the lead, cutting it to three, 19-16, off a layup and free throw by Cody Miller, 10:18 on the clock. Jaron Withers responded a three-pointer less than two minutes later to send the lead back to six.
PC extended its lead to eight, 32-24, 3:41 on the clock before settling on the 38-32 halftime lead.
Montreat made it a four-point game early in the second half, but the Blue Hose kept answering, this time with a 15-1 run, highlighted by two threes from Will Adams, to take the double-digit, 55-37 lead, 14:44 remaining.
The Cavaliers cut the margin to 13, 59-46 with 12:15 left, off a layup and free throw by Ryan Bethany and a Jaspin Canteen three, but the Blue Hose held their ground, going up by 21, 67-46, with 10:44 left off the Darius Moore jumper.
The visitors cut the margin to the teens a few more times, but it was the Blue Hose outscoring Montreat 55-37 in the second to come away with the 24-point, 93-69 win.
Following Murray and his 25 points on the night, was Reggie Dillard with 13 for his second double-digit game of the season. Highlighting his night was an impressive fast break dunk late in the second half to put the Blue Hose up by 20. Majors led PC on the boards with a career-high tying seven. Markus Terry posted 10 points for PC as well, with Moore netting a career-high nine points.
Leading Montreat was Mobley with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Davis with 11 points.
PC shot 50% for the game, including 54.1% in the second half. Montreat shot 40.0% and was eight-of-19 from beyond the three-point arc, compared to a six-of-22 effort for PC, five of which came in the second half.
The Blue Hose held the 41-35 edge in rebounds and eight fewer turnovers, 22-14, resulting in a 37-18 advantage in points off turnovers. PC dominated the paint, 52-24 and had six more steals, 15-9.