Date: January 4, 2016
Site: Clinton, S.C. (Templeton Center)
TV/Internet: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Live Stats: www.goBlueHose.com
Series: PC leads the series 3-2
Last four meetings:
2015: LON 65, PC 61
2015: LON 71, PC 67
2015: PC 71, LON 67
2014: PC 77, LON 62
Record: 4-12, 0-3
Last Game: Jan. 2, 2016 vs Gardner-Webb
L 66-67 in Farmville, Va.
Head Coach: Jayson Gee
Career Record: 23-59 (3rd year)
LON Record: 183-114 (10th year)
vs. PC: 2-2
Record: 6-8, 1-2
Last Game: Jan. 2, 2016 at Campbell
W 70-63 in Buies Creek, N.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 406-387 (27th year)
PC Record: 406-387 (27th year)
vs. Longwood: 3-2
The Blue Hose host Longwood Jan. 6, at the Templeton Center ... PC holds a 3-2 mark over the Lancers, winning the first three meetings in a row, the last time a 71-67 decision in the first game of the 2014-15 season ... The teams played each other three times last year, including the first round of the Big South Tournament ... Longwood earned a tight 65-61 decision in that contest ... The Blue Hose have dropped the last two contests by a combined margin of just eight ...
Longwood is 4-12 overall and 0-3 in the Big South after dropping a 66-67 decision against Gardner-Webb ... The Lancers are led by Lotanna Nwogbo with his 14.3 points per game, followed by Kanayo Obi-Rapu with 12.3 ppg ... Kris Lane is pulling down a team-high 7.87 rebounds per game for a team that is averaging 70.7 points and 35.4 rebounds, while holding opponents to .444 shooting ...
Leading a 6-8 (1-2 BS) Blue Hose team is DeSean Murray with a league-leading 20.9 ppg, followed by Markus Terry with 8.5 a game ... Tops on the boards is Murray with 7.9 rebounds a game, with Drew close behind at 5.1 ... PC is averaging 70.4 points and 36.1 rebounds a game and is holding opponents to .431 l The Blue Hose earned a Big South road win over Campbell Jan. 2, taking a 70-63 decision off a 24-point, 13 rebound effort from DeSean Murray, his fourth double-double of the season ... PC connected on seven three-pointers in the game, with Will Adams hitting a season-high four of them for 12 points ... A close game throughout with PC’s largest lead at seven late in the second half, Campbell cut the margin to two with a minute to go, but the Blue Hose hit five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to keep the Camels at bay ...
Should it hold the rest of the season, the 70.4 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, five points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.1 field goal percentage is just 3.3 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 36.1, 3.4 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 12.1, 0.2 higher than the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ...
PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at fifth in free throw pct. (.688), third in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.299), fifth in rebounding offense (36.1), fourth in steals (7.5) and defensive rebounds (26.4) and defensive rebounds pct. (.719) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (20.9), is third in rebounding (7.9), second in field goal pct. (.584) and steals (2.0), and third in offensive rebounds (3.1) ... as of 1/2/16 ...
DeSean Murray is 20th in the nation in points per game (20.9), 36th in FG pct. (58.4), 45th in steals per game (2.0), 18th in total points (293.0), 13th in FG made (108.0), 29th in steals (28.0), 29th in FT made (77.0) and 29th in FT attempts (100.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 36th in 3-pt FG pct. defense (29.9) and 55th in turnovers forced (15.36), and 64th in total steals (105.0) ... (as of 1/2/16)
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 over 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 ...
PC, which finished last season 7-8 at home, its best since going 7-6 during 2013-14, looks to defend its 5-2 record this year when the Blue Hose host Longwood Jan. 6 ...
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 ...
The Blue Hose went 3-14 on the road last year, the last win a 70-63 victory at Campbell Jan. 2, 2016, snapping a nine-game skid dating back to February of 2015 ... The Blue Hose are 6-58 since the 2012-13 season and 25-127 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 seven road games so far this season and is 1-6 ...
On tap for PC is a road game at High Point Jan. 9 ... The Panthers hold a 12-8 mark in the overall series, having won the last four meetings in a row, including a 67-58 decision in High Point Feb. 21, 2015 ...