Opponent: High Point
Date: January 9, 2016
Site: High Point, N.C. (Templeton Center)
TV/Internet: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Radio: 103.5 Sunny-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Live Stats: www.HighPointPanthers.com
Series: HPU leads the series 12-8
Last four meetings:
2015: HPU 67, PC 58
2015: HPU 63, PC 54
2014: HPU 81, PC 74
2013: HPU 78, PC 68
Record: 11-4, 4-0
Last Game: Jan. 2, 2016 vs Charleston Southern
W 78-73 in Charleston, S.C.
Head Coach: Scott Cherry
Career Record: 110-95 (7th year)
HPU Record: 110-95 (7th year)
vs. PC: 9-1
Record: 7-8, 2-2
Last Game: Jan. 6, 2016 vs Longwood
W 78-65 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 407-387 (27th year)
PC Record: 407-387 (27th year)
vs. High Point: 3-10
The Blue Hose head to league-leading High Point for a Saturday tilt ... 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 ... The last win for PC over the Panthers was a 65-62 decision at the Millis Center in 2012 ...
High Point is 11-4 and 4-0 in the Big South to sit atop the standings ... The Panthers have won their last three including a come-from-behind 78-73 win at Charleston Southern Jan. 2 ... John Brown leads the team in scoring (18.9) and rebounds (7.2) ... HPU averages 80.0 points while holding opponents to 67.7 and a .413 shooting percentage ...
The Blue Hose are 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the league, having earned back to back Big South wins, including a 78-65 decision against Longwood in their last contest ... DeSean Murray leads the team with 21.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and has posted over 20 points in his last eight of 10 games ... PC is averaging 70.9 points and 36.1 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to .430 from the field ...
Markus Terry scored a season-high 22 points and DeSean Murray recorded his fifth double-double of the season, as the PC men’s basketball team topped Longwood, 78-65, in its last contest, Jan. 6 ... PC erased a five-point halftime deficit with an 8-2 run to open the second half, tying the game at 36 less than three minutes in to the period ... PC held a two-possession advantage for much of the half before Longwood cut it to just two at 62-60 ... The Blue Hose rallied with an 11-1 run to take a 12-point lead at 73-61, 1:34 to play in the game ... PC would close it out with free throws en route to the 13-point win ...
Should it hold the rest of the season, the 70.9 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, over five points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.2 field goal percentage is just 3.1 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 12.0, 0.1 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 third in free throw pct. (.697), fifth in field goal pct. defense (.430), second in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.292), fifth in rebounding offense (36.1), tied for second in turnover margin (+1.0), fourth in steals (7.6) and defensive rebounds (26.2) and defensive rebounds pct. (.719) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (21.1), is second in rebounding (8.3), second in field goal pct. (.577) and steals (1.9), and tied for second in offensive rebounds (3.3), as wel as fourth in defensive rebounds (5.0) ... as of 1/6/16 ...
DeSean Murray is 18th in the nation in points per game (21.1), 14th in total points (316.0), 8th in FG made (116.0), 22nd in FT made (84.0) and 20th in FT attempts (108.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 19th in 3-pt FG pct. defense (29.2) and 40th in turnovers forced (15.73), as well as 54th in total steals (114.0) ... (as of 1/6/16) ...
PC returned 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 6-2 record this year when the Blue Hose host Radford Jan. 16 ... The two losses at home are the fewest since the team went 9-2 in 2008 ...
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 70-63 victory at Campbell Jan. 2, 2016, snapping a nine-game road skid dating back to February of 2015 ... The Blue Hose are 7-58 since the 2012-13 season and 26-127 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 Coastal Carolina Thursday, Jan. 14 ... The Chanticleers own a 14-7 mark over the Blue Hose but it was good guys coming out on top in the last meeting ... PC gave Coach Gregg Nibert his 400th career win with an 80-69 victory over CCU at the Templeton Center Feb. 26, 2015 ...