High Point used a 6-0 run to end the first half give the Panthers a double-digit lead they would not surrender in the second half, taking the 82-66 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C. DeSean Murray led the Blue Hose with 26 points, just two shy of his career-high.
PC snaps a two-game winning streak to move to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big South, while High Point improves to 12-4, 5-0. The Blue Hose are back in action Jan. 14, at Coastal Carolina with tip-off at the HTC Center slated for 7 p.m. The Panthers travel to Winthrop the same date and time.
Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, with PC at 50% and the Panthers hitting 60.7%. While High Point led all but the first minute of the half, PC hung with the home team, keeping the margin in singles digits until the last possession.
Leading by just two midway through the half, High Point scored six straight, capped by an Andre Fox three-pointer, to take its largest led of that point at eight, 22-14, 11:40 on the clock. A couple of minutes later Markus Terry hit a three-pointer while Darius Moore added his first basket of the game to cut the lead to two, 27-25, 8:55 left.
Four quick points by High Point increased the margin to six but a Reggie Dillard three, one of his three in the half, cut it to three, 31-21, 6:44 ticks left.
Ruben Arroyo hit a three at the 2:12 mark to make it a five-point game, but the Panthers hit the final six points, including an Anthony Lindauer three-pointer with six seconds left, to send High Point into the locker room with its first double-digit lead of the game at 11, 46-35.
A 5-0 run to open the second half gave the Panthers a 16-point lead before baskets by Murray and Davon Bell cut the margin back to 11, 51-40, 15:25 remaining. Down by 11 again with 13:05 left, High Point went on an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the half at the time, 64-47, 11:28 left in the game.
Moore lifted the visitors with a basket and then a three, his first of the game, to make it a 12-point game, 64-52, 10:08 on the clock. Every potential PC rally was met with answers from High Point, however. A quick three by Lorenzo Cugini and basket by Lindauer made it a 17-point game less than a minute later.
Back to back High Point three-pointers in the fifth minute of the second half gave the Panthers a 22-point lead, which PC could not recover, falling by the final 82-66 score.
Murray paced the Blue Hose with 26 points, followed by 11 from Dillard and nine from Terry. Pacing the team on the boards with five was Ed Drew. Leading four Panthers in double-figures was Brown with 19. He paced the team on the boards as well with seven.
High Point shot over 60% for most of the game, finishing with 62.0%. PC had a solid shooting day as well, finishing with 51.1%, third highest of the season. The Panthers recorded 10 three-pointers, to PC’s six, five coming in the first half. Rebounds were close with High Point holding a slight 23-22 advantage. PC had four more turnovers, 17-13. PC was 12-15 from the charity stripe, High Point, 10-of-12.