After falling behind by 13 points midway through the second half, the #7-Seed Presbyterian College men’s basketball team rallied to within three, but #2-Seed Radford came back with a late run to seal the 84-76 win in Big South Quarterfinal action Thursday afternoon in Buies Creek, N.C.  Adam Flagler led the Blue Hose with 20 points, followed closely by Francois Lewis with 19.

 

Scoring the Game

Neither team could get an edge in the opening minutes of the game, the largest lead in the opening four minutes from Radford at three, 7-4, 17:10 on the clock.  Francois gave PC its first lead of the game with a layup at 16:51.  He added a three-pointer 30 seconds later, with Romeo Crouch hitting his own at 14:59, and the Blue Hose led by five, 12-7.  Ahead by five again, Radford went on a 6-0 run to retake the lead, 16-15, 13:04 on the clock.

 

Tied at 16-16 off an Adam Flagler free throw, PC out-scored Radford 8-4 to take a four-point lead, 24-20, 8:32 to go.  The Highlanders responded with five unanswered, which included a Donald Hicks three-pointer at 7:33, to make it a one-point game, 25-24, in favor of the higher seed.

 

Back to back three-pointers by Flagler and Crouch cut a Radford three-point lead to a PC three-point lead, 32-29, 3:07 remaining.  Carlik Jones’ layup at 2:41 cut the margin back to one.  After back and forth baskets, the Blue Hose and Highlanders were tied at 34-34, 1:23 to go, but a three-pointer by Kody Shubert at the 58 second mark, proved to be the final basket to give PC the 37-34 lead at intermission.

 

Radford started the second half with eight straight to jump out to a 47-32 lead, 17:57 on the clock.  It was short-lived with Flagler answering with a layup and three to knot the game at 42-42, 16:38 left.  Tied again at 46-46, 14:37 on the clock, Radford’s Caleb Tanner hit three three-pointers over the next three and a half minutes in a 14-4 run to take its largest lead to that point at 10, 60-50, 12:29 left.  A Cory Hightower layup at 10:22 cut the margin to eight., but Radford responded with five unanswered to go ahead by 13. 

 

JC Younger hit his first and second threes of the afternoon, while Lewis added another in a one-and-a-half minute span to quickly make it a four-point game, 65-61, 6:37 left.  It was a three-pointer game three times over the next several minutes, once at 5:24, off three free throws from Lewis, at 3:53 off a Flagler layup, and again at 2:48 off another Flagler basket.  Radford seemed to have an answer every time, using a three-pointer from Travis Fields, Jr. at 1:38 to take the six-point lead, 76-70.  The Highlanders used clutch free throws the final minute to survive for the 84-76 win.

 

Players of the Game

Pacing the Blue Hose in the first half was Francois Lewis with 11 points, with four players hitting two three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.  Ed Polite, Jr., led Radford in the first with 12 points.

 

Adam Flagler finished with the team lead in scoring with 20 points, helped by a four-of-10 effort from the perimeter.  Lewis posted 19 points and a leading six rebounds.  Chris Martin also pulled down six boards for PC, with Davon Bell adding eight assists.  Polite led Radford down the stretch with 21 points and nine rebounds.

 

Stats of the Game

Three-pointers were big for PC in the first half, as the Blue Hose hit eight, compared to three for Radford.  The Highlanders shot 53.8%, while PC hit 42.9%.

 

PC shot roughly the same in the second half to end the game shooting 42.6%.  Radford did as well, finishing with 53.6%.  The Blue Hose turned the ball over just seven times, to Radford’s eight.  Three-pointers evened out in the second half with PC taking the 13-11 advantage.  The Highlanders edged the Blue Hose on the boards, 35-33.

 

Notables

- The 35 three-point attempts tied for sixth in the PC DI record book.

 

For the Record

PC moves to 18-15 overall, while Radford improves to 21-10

 

Up Next

Radford advances to the Big South Semifinals for the first time and takes on either #3-seed Winthrop or #6-seed Charleston Southern Friday, Mar.8, at 6 p.m.  Presbyterian College awaits word on postseason play.

 

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