Winthrop used a 12-3 run late in the second half to seal the, 93-85, comeback win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in Big South action Wednesday evening in Rock Hill, S.C. The Eagles trailed by as much as 14 in the first half before rallying to the eight-point win. Francois Lewis and Adam Flagler led the Blue Hose effort with 23 points apiece.
Scoring the Game
The Blue Hose hit seven of their first eight baskets, which included five three-pointers and 11 points from Francois Lewis, to build a 14-point, 24-10 lead, just under 14 minutes left in the fist half. Winthrop clawed its way back over the next eight minutes, outscoring PC, 27-13, to tied the game at 37-37, 5:52 remaining. Highlighting the Eagle offense was Bjorn Broman, who hit four three-pointers during the run. The Blue Hose responded with a small 7-2 run to go ahead by five, just under two to play before the break. After the visitors took the five-point lead again off two Romeo Crouch free throws at the 31 second mark, Winthrop’s Charles Falden hit the team’s seventh three of the half with six ticks left to cut the margin to just two at the half, 48-46.
Winthrop erased the two-point halftime deficit and took a five-point, 58-53 lead three minutes in off a 10-3 run, helped by six from Falden. The Blue Hose tied the game at 14:01 off a Lewis layup, and took a three-point, 65-62 lead at 13:01, off a 7-1 run. It was short-lived with Adam Pickett recording two jumpers and a three-pointer over the next minute and a half to give the home team a four-point lead, 11:26 left. The Blue Hose wouldn’t go away, scoring seven straight to retake the lead, 72-69, 10:16 on the clock.
Tied for the fifth time of the half at 79-79 after both teams saw small leads evaporate over a span of four minutes, Winthrop hit six unanswered to build a six-point lead, 3:47 to go. The Blue Hose cut the deficit to four, off two Cory Hightower free throws, but a Nych Smith three-pointer put the Eagles ahead by seven, 88-81, 1:26 to go. Winthrop connected on the next five of seven free throws to keep PC from the comeback, taking the 93-85 win.
Players of the Game
Francois Lewis and Adam Flagler hit five three-pointers apiece, en route to a team-leading 23 points. Davon Bell scored 10 and posted 13 assists for his third double-double of the season. Lewis, Bell and Cory Hightower pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds apiece. Adam Pickett and Nych Smith paced Winthrop with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Pickett pulled down 12 boards as well, for a double-double.
Stats of the Game
PC was hot offensively early in the first, hitting at over 60%, but cooled late to end the half shooting 46.9%. Winthrop finished the half with 50.0%. PC connected on nine three-pointers in the first half, compared to seven for the Eagles.
A different second half for PC as the Blue Hose hit just three three-pointers to finish with 12 on the game. Winthrop hit six for 13 total. The Blue Hose shot 39.1% for the game, with Winthrop posting 51.6%. The Eagles led the rebounding margin, 43-35, while turnovers favored PC, 9-13. The Blue Hose took advantage of those turnovers, holding a 24-12 points off turnover edge. PC was 19-of-20 from the charity stripe, with Winthrop connecting on 14-of-21.
- Cory Hightower’s seven-for-seven effort from the free throw line tied for first in PC’s DI record book for FT%.
- Davon Bell’s 13 assists is second in the PC DI record book.
- PC’s 95.0% (19-20) free throw percentage is sixth in the record book.
- Adam Flagler’s 13 three-point field goal attempts tied for sixth in the PC DI record book
- PC’s 69 field goals attempted tied for 10th in the PC DI record book.
- Francois Lewis tied his career-high with five three-pointers.
For the Record
PC moves to 15-12 overall and 7-5 in the Big South, while Winthrop improves to 17-8, 9-3
The Blue Hose return to Templeton Center Saturday, Feb. 16, for a 4:30 p.m., game against Campbell.
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