The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team led the entire second half, while enduring a late Jacksonville rally to earn the 72-67 win in action Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. Davon Bell led four Blue Hose in double-figure scoring with 15 points.
Scoring the Game
Jacksonville jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first half, helped by five points from Aamahne Santos. The Blue Hose outscored the Dolphins 15-8 over the next five minutes to tie the game at 15-15. Jacksonville hit four unanswered, but PC responded with an 18-4 run to take the 10-point, 33-23 lead, 5:23 to go in the first frame. JU cut the lead to just three, 33-30, with 2:53 left, but a JC Younger three-pointer helped take the margin back to eight, with just under two minutes left on the clock. The last basket of the half was a three-pointer by Derrick Flowers to make the halftime score, 38-33, in favor of PC.
The Blue Hose increased their lead to nine on two occasions in the opening five minutes, including 45-36, at 15:50, off another Younger three. Jacksonville cut the deficit to five, 46-41, with 13:47, before PC hit five unanswered to go up again by 10, 51-41, 11:41 left. A 10-point game again at 58-48, 8:23 left, JD Notae capped a 6-0 Jacksonville run with a three-pointer at 7:31 to cut the PC lead to only four. Less than a minute later, Notae’s lay-up made it a three-point contest at 59-56, 5:53 remaining. Presbyterian went ahead by five with just over two to play off a Cory Hightower free throw, but a Santos three-pointer at 1:48 made it a two-point game 1:48 left. Both teams traded baskets the final two minutes, with a Younger free throw giving PC a three-point lead, 70-67, 10 seconds left.
Players of the Game
Davon Bell led PC with 15 points, followed by Francois Lewis with 14, which included a two-for-four effort from the perimeter. Cory Hightower, who tied with Romeo Crouch for the team lead in rebounds with eight, finished with 12 points, along with JC Younger. Jace Hogan led Jacksonville with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Stats of the Game
PC shot 41.7%, compared to 47.2% for the Dolphins, while the Blue Hose hit six three-pointers, to JU’s eight. Presbyterian edged Jacksonville in rebounds, 34-33, but had just seven turnovers. Jacksonville turned the ball over 15 times, with PC posting eight steals and holding a 14-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
For the Record
PC moves to 7-7 overall, while Jacksonville drops to 7-8.
The Blue Hose round out a four-game road trip with a Jan. 2, tilt at South Carolina State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
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