Al'Lonzo Coleman pulled down 13 rebounds and scored 21 points, including the last six, to lead the Presbyterian College men's basketball team back from a 10-point second-half deficit and a thrilling 65-62 win over High Point in Big South action at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.
The Blue Hose improve to 9-13 overall and 3-9 in the league, while the Panthers drop to 8-15, 4-9.
High Point opened the second half with an 11-4 run, using nine points from Shay Shine, to take its first lead, 44-40 at the 16:11 mark, since 14:21 of the first half.
The Panthers increased their lead to 10, 52-42 with 13:25 before a basket by Khalid Mutakabbir cut the margin to eight with a basket at 13:01. Both teams traded baskets the next several minutes until the Blue Hose, trailing 56-48, scored six straight, highlighted by Tyler Deihl's career-high tying third three-pointer, to cut the margin to two, 54-56, with 6:14 left. A High Point basket by Travis Elliott ended the drought to take HPU up by four with 3:54 on the clock.
PC took a 9-4 run, capped by four straight from Coleman, the next three-and-a-half minutes to retake the lead, 63-62 with just 9.7 seconds left. High Point had the ball in the closing seconds with a chance to take the win, but missed the shot, with Coleman pulling down the rebound. He was fouled with 2.8 seconds left and iced both free throws to seal the 65-62 win.
The first half saw five lead changes and three ties with the last one coming at the 11:43 mark, Tied 15-15, PC scored nine unanswered, capped by five straight from Mutakabbir, to take a 24-15 lead with 8:50 left in the half.
A 10-3 run by High Point cut the margin to two, 25-27, with 4:13 on the clock before the Blue Hose responded with a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by a three-pointer by Deihl, one of his two of the half, and led by nine again, 34-25 with just over two minutes before intermission.
High point scored eight of the game's next 10 points, including two three-pointers, to cut the margin to three, 33-36, heading into the locker room.
The Blue Hose were seven-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc, with Josh Johnson leading with his three-for-four effort. The team shot 59.1 percent from the field, compared to 50.0 percent for the Panthers.
After being outscored 19-6 in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the second half, the Blue Hose outscored the Panthers 23-10 the remainder of the game to come out with the three-point lead.
PC was just .1 shy of its season-high with 57.5 percent shooting from the field, while High Point shot 46.8. PC finished eight-of-13 from the three-point line and 11-of-16 from the charity stripe. HPU was six-of-17 and 12-of-13, respectively.
The Blue Hose out-rebounded the Panthers, 26-20, including a 21-14 advantage on the defensive end. PC had six more turnovers, 16-10 as well.
Following Coleman's team-leading 21 points, the second straight 20+ game, were Mutakabbir and Washington with 10 each. With a team-leading 13 rebounds Coleman earned his sixth double-double of the season, and almost had his first career triple-double with a team-leading eight assists.
Leading High Point in scoring were Nick Barbour and Xavier Martin with 16 each. Corey Law had seven boards to lead the Panthers as well.
The Blue Hose stay on the road and travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on the Campbell Camels Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. The game can be heard on the radio at 860-AM WLBG with the pre-game show starting at 3 p.m.
Fans can also watch the game on the internet for a nominal fee at www.BigSouthSports.com through the Big South Sports Network sponsored by State Farm.