Game Information
Opponent: Liberty
Date: February 20, 2016
Site: Lynchburg, Va. (Vines Center)
Radio: Sunny 103.5-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Broadcast: BSN (BigSouthSports.com) / ESPN3
Live Stats: www.LibertyFlames.com
Twitter: @BlueHoseSports
Series: PC leads the series 10-8
Last four meetings:
2016: LIB 65, PC 61
2015: PC 69, LIB 61
2015: PC 62, LIB 58
2014: LIB 65, PC 53

Liberty
Record: 12-16, 9-6
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Feb. 18, 2016 vs Radford
L 67-69 in Lynchburg, Va.
Head Coach: Ritchie McKay
Career Record: 216-202 (14th year)
Liberty Record: 51-44 (3rd year)
vs. PC: 3-3


Presbyterian College
Record: 8-18, 3-12
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Feb. 18, 2016 vs UNC Asheville
L 61-70 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 408-397 (27th year)
PC Record: 408-397 (27th year)
vs. Liberty: 6-8

Notes

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 ...

Liberty is 12-16 overall and 9-6 in the conference ... The Flames had their seven-game winning streak snapped with a 67-69 loss to Radford in the last game ... John Dawson leads Liberty with 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game ... The Flames average 64.5 points and 29.9 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 67.0 ppg and 31.8 rpg ...

The Blue Hose are 8-18 overall and 3-12 in the league, dropping a tough 61-70 decision to UNC Asheville at home in the last game ... DeSean Murray is tops for PC in scoring (19.5), rebounds (7.2), and steals (2.0) ... PC is averaging 67.8 points and 33.6 rebounds per game ...

The Blue Hose held UNC Asheville to just 30% from the field in the first half, leading the home team to a 33-19 advantage at the break, but the Bulldogs rallied with 51 points off 56.7 shooting to rally to the 70-61 win in the last game ... PC led the turnover margin 36-33 but Asheville was able to convert 20 PC turnovers into 22 points to take the nine-point win ... Janeil Jenkins led the PC offense with a career-high 16 points, with DeSean Murray pacing the boards with seven ...

The loss to Gardner-Webb marked the fifth time in a span of six games (Jan. 16 - Feb. 6) 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 ...

In the loss to UNC Asheville PC shot 54.8% from the field, its highest since a 59.6% performance against The Citadel Nov. 21 ...

The Blue Hose are making tremendous strides in their journey through Division I, posting better numbers from last season in scoring (67.8-61.8), rebounding (33.6-32.2), assists (11.2-10.7) and steals (6.9-5.2) ...

Should it hold the rest of the season, the 67.8 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, 2.4 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.3 field goal percentage is just 3.1 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 33.6, .9 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.2, within .7 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 35th in the nation in points per game (19.8), 50th in field goal pct. (55.0), 28th in steals per game (2.0), 42nd in total points (495.0), 23rd in FG made (180.0), 29th in total steals (50.0), 34th in FT made (135.0) and 39th in FT attempts (174.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 89th in steals per game (6.9), and 74th in turnovers forced (14.3) ... as of 2/17/16 ...

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 look for the season sweep when they travel to Longwood for a Thursday night, Feb. 25, matchup ... PC earned the 78-65 win in the fist meeting of the season Jan. 6 ... In that game Markus Terry scored a season-high 22 points and DeSean Murray recorded his fifth double-double of the season ... 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 ...