Game Information
Opponent: UNC Asheville
Date: February 18, 2016
Site: Clinton, S.C. (Templeton Center)
Radio: NONE
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Broadcast: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Live Stats: www.GoBLueHose.com
Twitter: @BlueHoseSports
Series: Asheville leads the series 17-7
Last four meetings:
2016: AVL 67, PC 55
2015: PC 69, AVL 65
2014: PC 72, AVL 71
2014: AVL 84, PC 70

Presbyterian College
Record: 8-17, 3-11
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Feb. 13, 2016 vs Campbell
L 61-91 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 408-396 (27th year)
PC Record: 408-396 (27th year)
vs. AVL: 3-10

Notes

The Blue Hose host UNC Asheville Feb. 18, looking to avenge a 55-67 loss on the road Jan. 23 ... Trailing 37-30 at the break, PC started quick in the second, scoring the first two baskets to cut the lead to three points at 37-34 ... PC was able to cut it two points twice late, trimming it to a single-point at 46-45 on a three by Darius Moore with 10:43 to play ... The Blue Hose were unable to get any closer from there, as Asheville would pull to a 16-point advantage at 63-47 thanks to a 17-2 run in the latter stages of the game ... UNC Asheville owns a 17-7 mark in the overall series, snapping a two-game skid against the Blue Hose with the last win ...

UNC Asheville was off last weekend, resting from a tight 59-60 loss to Radford Feb. 11 ... The Bulldogs are 17-9 overall and 10-4 in the conference, and are currently tied atop the league standings ... Dylan Smith leads a band of five players averaging double-digits in points, with 13.8 a game ... Dwayne Sutton, who is third in scoring with 11.2 ppg, leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 ... Asheville is averaging 75.3 points and 38.0 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 67.8 ppg and 35.3 rpg ...

The Blue Hose are 8-17 overall and 3-11 in the league, dropping a tough 61-91 decision Campbell in the last game ... DeSean Murray is tops for PC in scoring (19.8), rebounds (7.2), and steals (2.0) ... PC is averaging 68.0 points and 33.5 rebounds per game ...

A close battle for much of the first half, Campbell opened the second with a 28-7 run to pull away from the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team and take the 91-61 win in the last game for the Blue Hose ... DeSean Murray led all scorers with 20 points, his 16th 20-point game of the season ... PC shot 54.8% from the field, its highest since a 59.6% performance against The Citadel Nov. 21 ...

The loss to Gardner-Webb marked the fifth time in seven games the contest has been decided by four points or less ... The game also marked the first regular-season overtime contest for PC since the 2012-13 season ...

The Blue Hose are making tremendous strides in their journey through Division I, posting better numbers from last season in scoring (68.0-61.8), rebounding (33.5-32.2), assists (11.3-10.7) and steals (6.9-5.2) ...

Should it hold the rest of the season, the 68.0 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, 2.6 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.4 field goal percentage is just 3.0 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 33.5, .8 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.3, within .6 of the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ... Playing more aggressively it seems as PC’s 6.9 steals per game is just .1 lower 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 free throw pct. (.704), 4th in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.333), and 5th in steals (6.9) ... DeSean Murray is tied fir 2nd in the league in scoring (19.8), is 5th in rebounding (7.2), 4th in field goal pct. (.550), and 2nd in steals (2.00) ... as of 2/14/16 ...

DeSean Murray is 33rd in the nation in points per game (19.8), 52nd in field goal pct. (55.0), 30th in steals per game (2.0), 37th in total points (495.0), 21st in FG made (180.0), 28th in total steals (50.0), 34th in FT made (135.0) and 37th in FT attempts (174.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 92nd in steals per game (6.9), 97th in total steals (173.0), and 78th in turnovers forced (14.3) ... as of 2/14/16 ...

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 ...

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 up to Liberty Feb. 20 looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 61-65 loss in the first meeting of the season Jan. 30 ... PC pulled within a possession with 24 seconds remaining, but the Flames made three of their final four free throw attempts to hold off the PC rally ... DeSean Murry led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds ... The team shot 44.4 percent for the game, while holding the Flames to just 31.8 percent shooting in the second half ... The Blue Hose lead the overall series 10-8, having won the last three of five meetings ...