CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team could not overcome a 12-point High Point lead as the Panthers swept the season series with a 68-58 win Thursday night at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose fall to 5-19 on the season and 1-12 in the Big South, while the Panthers improve to 14-11, 8-5.
Players of the Game
Will Adams led PC in the loss with 14 points. The senior guard shot 5-of-13 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, adding five rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
High Point was led by Miles Bowman Jr’s 16 points. The redshirt-senior forward went 7-for-11 from the field, 1-for-2 from deep, and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. He finished with four rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Stat of the Game
High Point tallied 11 steals and forced 18 PC turnovers on the night. The Panthers also beat the Blue Hose on the glass, turning 11 offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points.
How It Happened
Reggie Dillard got the steal and a dunk to start the game. High Point then scored eight unanswered before Adams hit a three-pointer from the left side and Ruben Arroyo found Jo’Vontae Millner for a basket down low. The Panthers pushed their lead to 13-7 at the 12:36 mark with an Anthony Lindauer deep ball.
High Point used another run, this time scoring seven straight, to pull ahead midway through the first half. Dillard answered for PC with a shot from long range to make it 20-12 with 7:21 on the clock. Jaron Withers connected from beyond the arc and Austin Venable got a layup to fall to get PC back to within single digits. After a pair of Lindauer charity shots, Venable scored another bucket and Dillard hit a jumper as High Point led 26-19 at the break.
PC shot 7-for-20 (35.0 percent) from the field, 3-for-9 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 (100.0 percent) from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Panthers opened the second half with a Jamal Wright three-pointer from the left corner and a Ricky Madison dunk. Adams knocked a pair of deep balls from the right side and Darius Moore scored a jumper to cut the visitor lead to 33-27 with 15:45 to play. Arroyo started to find his rhythm as the junior forward made an old-fashioned three-point play and shot a long jumper from the top of the key.
High Point did not want to let PC back into the game as the teams traded baskets throughout the second half, but a Moore trifecta in the left corner and an Arroyo jumper got the Blue Hose to within 49-45 with 5:32 left in the game. The Panthers responded with a 7-0 run and the teams traded threes as the Blue Hose trailed 59-50 with 1:51 on the clock. After both teams got long-range shots to fall, Andre Fox converted a pair of free throws for High Point and Arroyo scored a deep ball to get PC to within eight, 64-56 at the :43 mark. The Blue Hose forced a turnover and Adams put up a layup to make things interesting, but the Panthers were able to pass out of the PC pressure and hold on for the 68-58 win.
- Also in double-digit scoring were Dillard with 13 points and Arroyo with 12 points. Dillard shot 5-of-9 from the field, 1-for-3 from long range, and 2-for-2 from the line. The redshirt-junior guard added a board, six assists, and three steals. Arroyo shot 5-of-8 from the floor and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. The junior forward grabbed four rebounds and added an assist.
- PC shot 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) from the floor, 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and 3-for-5 (60.0 percent) from the charity stripe.
- High Point held the advantage in points in the paint (30-16), points off turnovers (19-10), second-chance points (9-3), and fast-break points (2-0). PC’s bench outscored High Point’s 29-25. The game featured one tie and one lead change.
Up NextThe Blue Hose are home this Saturday, February 11 as PC hosts Campbell in a 4:30 p.m. ET conference game at the Templeton Center.