CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team fell to High Point, 80-60, in the regular season finale on Saturday evening in the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose will enter the Big South tournament, being held Mar. 3-6, in Buies Creek, N.C., on the campus of Campbell, as the 10-seed and will take on 7-seed Radford at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.
DeSean Murray led the Blue Hose with 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Senior Janeil Jenkins added 11 points, including three three-pointers, in the final home game of his career. Ed Drew, Markus Terry and Austin Venable each contributed six points.
The opening six minutes of the first half saw four ties, with the Blue Hose finally breaking away off an 8-2 run to build a six-point, 17-11 lead, with 10:13 on the clock.
Trailing by six again, 19-14, High Point hit back to back three-pointers to tie the game for the fifth time, 19-19, 7:52 left. It ignited a 16-4 run that saw the Panthers take their own six-point lead, 29-23, 3:08 until intermission.
Reggie Dillard and Jenkins erased the deficit in the span of a minute with two straight three-pointers to knot the game at 29-29, with just over a minute to go.
Adam Weary hit his third three-pointer and High Point’s fifth of the half at the 46 second mark to give the visitors the three-point lead at the break 32-29.
Shooting was fairly close with PC holding a slight advantage, 46% to 42%. Weary paced the Panthers with 14 points, while Murray led the Blue Hose in the half with eight.
High Point outscored PC 15-4 in the opening five and a half minutes of the second half, before a three-pointer by Terry at 11:01 helped the home team cut the margin to 10, 51-41. The Panthers scored the game’s next 12 of 16 points to take the 18-point, 63-45 lead, 7:24 left.
Anthony Lindauer’s three, his second, made it a 21-poitn lead before Jenkins answered about 20 seconds later with his own to cut the margin back down to 18, 66-48, 5:33 remaining.
PC cut the lead to 17 off a Murray lay-up with 4:13 on the clock but that is as close as the home team would get with the Panthers taking the 80-60 win.
Adam Weary led the Panthers with 23 points and four assists, while Lorenzo Cugini contributed 13 points and three assists. Miles Bowman Jr. added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.