Game Information
Opponent: UNC Asheville
Date: January 23, 2016
Site: Asheville, N.C. (Kimmel Arena)
TV/Internet: ESPN3
Announcers: Mike Hogewood (PbP), Jeff Jackson (Analyst)
Radio: 103.5 - SUNNY-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Live Stats: www.UNCABulldgos.com
Twitter: @BlueHoseSports
Series: AVL leads the series 16-7
Last four meetings:
2015: PC 69, AVL 65
2014: PC 72, AVL 71
2014: AVL 84, PC 70
2013: AVL 74, PC 62


Presbyterian College
Record: 8-11, 3-5
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Jan. 20, 2016 vs Charleston Southern
L 72-73 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 408-390 (27th year)
PC Record: 408-390 (27th year)
vs. AVL: 3-9

Notes

The Blue Hose take to the road for a Saturday game at UNC Asheville ... The contest is being broadcast on ESPN3 ... The Bulldogs own a 16-7 mark, but the Blue Hose have put a dent in that mark, having won the last two meetings, including a 69-65 decision in Asheville last season ... PC took the season sweep after a 72-71 win at home earlier in the year ...

In the 69-65 win over UNC Asheville last season DeSean Murray scored 21 points and PC held Asheville to just 25% from the field in the first half to build a 13-point lead at the break ... The Bulldogs rallied from a 15-point second half deficit after outscoring PC 37-17 over a 15-minute span to take a five point lead with just under five minutes to play ... Will Truss hit just his fifth career three-pointer to cut the margin to two ... After two Asheville free throws made it a four-point game, Murray hit four in a row from the charity stripe to tie the game at 1:36 ... Jordan Downing pulled PC ahead with a lay-up at 1:04 and after a couple misses on the other end Truss pulled down a clutch rebound with 19 seconds left ... With PC in control, Downing was fouled and hit back to back free throws with 15 seconds left to help seal the upset win ...

UNC Asheville is 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the conference ... The Bulldogs are coming off a 69-73 loss at High Point in their last game ... Leading Asheville on offense is Dylan Smith with his 13.5 points per game ... On the boards Dwayne Sutton is ops with 7.5 a game ... The Bulldogs are averaging 76.7 points and 37.9 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 68.9 points and 35.0 rebounds ...

The Blue Hose are 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the league, their last two games decided by a point, a 69-68 win over Radford and a 72-73 loss to Charleston Southern ... DeSean Murray is pacing the team on offense with his league-leading 20.6 points and his third-place 8.0 rebounds per game ... The Blue Hose are averaging 69.9 points and 34.7 rebounds per game ...

In the last game, against Charleston Southern, trailing by six with 1:09 to go, PC fought back to within one off a Dillard layup and a very nice three from Adams, to cut the margin to just one, 70-69, 54 seconds to go ... PC took a 72-71 lead off two Dillard free throws with 13 seconds to go, before CSU returned the favor with two free throws of their own to retake the one-point lead, 73-72, just seven seconds to go ... The Blue Hose had a chance at the end to win but Dillard’s three-point attempt rimmed out to give the Bucs the 73-72 win ... DeSean Murray posted his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds ...

Should it hold the rest of the season, the 69.9 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, 4.5 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.4 field goal percentage is just 2.4 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 34.7, 2.0 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.9, tied with the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ...

PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at 4th in free throw pct. (.706), 2nd in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.322), tied for 4th in steals (7.4) and 4th in turnover margin (+0.8) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (20.6), is 2nd in rebounding (8.0), 3rd in field goal pct. (.555), 3rd in steals (1.8), 5th in defensive rebounds (4.9), and 4th in offensive rebounds (3.1) ... as of 1/20/16 ...

DeSean Murray is 20th in the nation in points per game (20.6), 50th in field goal pct. (55.5) ... 17th in total points (391.0), 11th in FG made (142.0), 18th in FT made (107.0) and 23rd in FT attempts (136.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 84th in 3-pt FG pct. defense (32.2) and 42nd in turnovers forced (15.26), as well as 61st in total steals (141.0) ... (as of 1/21/16) ...

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 10 one-point games, three have happened this season ... The Blue Hose hold a 6-4 mark (2-1 this season) after the CSU 72-73 loss Jan. 20, 2016 ...

PC, which finished last season 7-8 at home, its best since going 7-6 during 2013-14, looks to defend its 7-3 record this year when the Blue Hose host Liberty Jan. 30 ... The three losses at home are the fewest since the team went 9-2 in 2008 ... PC has won its last four of five at the Templeton Center ...

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 the first of two home games with a Jan. 30 tilt against Liberty ... The Blue Hose are 10-7 over the Flames and have won the last five of seven meetings, including the last two ... PC took a 69-61 decision in the last meeting, which took place at the Templeton Center Feb. 6, 2015 ...