Date: February 6, 2016
Site: Boiling Springs, N.C. (Porter Arena)
Radio: SUNNY-FM 103.5
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Broadcast: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Announcers: Mike Hogewood (PbP), Ralph Patterson (Analyst)
Live Stats: www.GWUSports.com
Series: GWU leads the series 22-20
Last four meetings:
2015: GWU 87, PC 67
2014: GWU 81, PC 64
2014: GWU 79, PC 70
2014: GWU 67, PC 58
Record: 12-12, 7-5
Last Game: Feb. 3, 2016 vs High Point
W 79-74 in High Point, N.C.
Head Coach: Tim Craft
Career Record: 49-42 (3rd year)
Gardner-Webb Record: 49-42 (3rd year)
vs. PC: 4-0
Record: 8-14, 3-8
Last Game: Feb. 3, 2016 vs Coastal Carolina
L 66-69 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 408-393 (27th year)
PC Record: 408-393 (27th year)
vs. Gardner-Webb: 19-19
The Blue Hose head to Gardner-Webb Feb. 6 in a 4 p.m. showdown on ESPN3 ... The Runnin’ Bulldogs own a 22-20 mark over the PC and have won the last five in a row, including an 87-76 victory in the last meeting, Dec. 2 ... In that game the Blue Hose fought back from a 20+ point deficit with a 22-6 run in the second half to cut the lead to single digits late, but could not overcome Gardner-Webb down the stretch ... PC outscored GWU 49-47 in the second half and turned the ball over just four times in the second, compared to 11 in the first ... DeSean Murray tied his career-high with 28 points ... GWU owns a 22-20 record over PC in the overall series ...
Gardner-Webb is 12-12 overall and 7-5 in the league after winning its second game in a row with a 79-74 victory at High Point Feb. 3 ... Tyrell Nelson paces the team with 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game ... The Runnin’ Bulldogs are averaging 74.5 points and 38.6 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 73.7 ppg and 37.2 rpg ...
The Blue Hose are 8-14 overall and 3-8 in the league, dropping a close 66-69 decision to Coastal Carolina in the last game ... DeSean Murray is tops for PC in scoring (19.7), rebounds (7.6), and steals (2.0) ... PC is averaging 68.7 points and 33.8 rebounds per game ...
PC, behind a career-high 15 points from Janeil Jenkins, got to within three of the Chanticleers with under a minute to play, but a game-tying three-pointer fell just short, as Coastal Carolina took the 69-66 in the last game ... Trailing by double-digits midway through the second half, PC clawed its way back to single digits late, cutting it to under five several times in the last couple of minutes ...
The Blue Hose are making tremendous strides in their journey through Division I, posting better numbers from last season in scoring (68.7-61.8), rebounding (33.8-32.2), assists (11.6-10.7) and steals (7.2-5.2) ...
Should it hold the rest of the season, the 68.7 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, 3.3 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.5 field goal percentage is just 2.9 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 33.8, 0.9 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.6, within .3 of the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ... Playing more aggressively it seems as PC’s 7.2 steals per game is .2 higher than the 7.0 set in 2008-09 ...
PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at 5th in scoring defense (72.5), 4th in free throw pct. (.702), 3rd in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.327), 4th in steals (7.2) and 5th in turnover margin (+0.4) ... DeSean Murray is third in the league in scoring (19.7), is 2nd in rebounding (7.6), 4th in field goal pct. (.552), 2nd in steals (1.95), and 4th in offensive rebounds (2.9) ... as of 2/3/16 ...
DeSean Murray is 34th in the nation in points per game (19.7), 51st in field goal pct. (55.2), 38th in steals per game (1.9), 35th in total points (433.0), 19th in FG made (158.0), 31st in total steals (43.0), 34th in FT made (117.0) and 41st in FT attempts (150.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 78th in steals per game (7.2), 77th in total steals (159.0), and 55th in turnovers forced (14.8) ... as of 2/3/16 ...
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 7-5 record this year when the Blue Hose host Campbell Feb. 13 ... The five 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 Blue Hose head down I-26 for their next game, taking on Charleston Southern Feb. 11, in Charleston ... ... In the last meeting Jan. 20, trailing by six with 1:09 to go, PC fought back to within one off a Dillard layup and a very nice three from Will 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 ... CSU owns a 16-6 record over PC in the overall series ...