Blue Hose Men's Hoops on 3-Game Win Streak

TODAY -- JC Younger scored 19 points, which included six three-pointers, while Davon Bell added 16 to lead the Blue Hose to a 68-59 win at USC Upstate ... That's three wins in a row now for PC! Flagler Earns Second League Freshman of the Week Honor By Presbyterian College Athletics Presbyterian College guard Adam Flagler (Duluth, Ga.) has been named the Big South Freshman of the Week, while Radford's Ed Polite Jr. is the Player of the Week, for games played Jan. 14-20, it was announced Monday. Flagler, who earned his second honor of the season, helped PC win back-to-back Big South games for the first time since 2015-16 with 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He opened with 21 points and tied for the team lead with eight caroms last Wednesday in handing Hampton its first Big South loss of the year. Flagler then tallied 21 points in Saturday’s win over Longwood -- including 13 in the second half with 4-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds. He finished the week 12-of-28 from the field ( =42.9 percent), made seven three-pointers and was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe ( =91.7). Polite averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists while shooting 76.2 percent from the field (16-of-21) in two wins last week. In Radford’s win over Gardner-Webb on ESPNU last Thursday, he had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists while making 8-of-10 from the floor. On Saturday at UNC Asheville, Polite posted his league-leading eighth double-double with 18 points and 12 boards in addition to three blocks. Also nominated for Player of the Week: Chris Clemons (Campbell), Brandonn Kamga (High Point), Isaiah Walton (Longwood), Adam Flagler (Presbyterian), DeVon Baker (UNC Asheville), Deion Holmes (USC Upstate) and Nych Smith (Winthrop) Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Jose Perez (Gardner-Webb), DeVon Baker (UNC Asheville) and Everette Hammond (USC Upstate).

Blue Hose Mens Basketball Handles Pirates & Lancers & Spartans

 

Davon Bell scored 22 points, while Adam Flagler finished with 21, to lead the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team to the 85-70 win over Hampton in Big South action Wednesday evening at the Templeton Center.  

PC moves to to 6-2 on the season at home and is now just one shy of last year's overall win total.

Scoring the Game

The first three of five Blue Hose baskets were three-pointers as the home team jumped out to an eight-point, 13-5 lead just four minutes into the game. Four minutes later and trailing by six, Hampton went on an 8-2 run to cut the margin to one, 20-21, 9:26 left in the half. PC used baskets by Romeo Crouch and Cory Hightower to go ahead by five with just under nine left.

The Pirates and Blue Hose traded baskets the next several minutes with PC responding quickly to every Hampton rally attempt. The visitors cut the lead to two on a couple of occasions, the last time off a Jermaine Marrow three-pointer at 4:11 to cap a 6-2 run to bring the score to 33-35. PC outscored the Pirates 7-2 over the next two and a half minutes to take the lead back to seven. Hampton made it a five-point game off a Marrow lay-up but two free throws by Bell in the final second gave the home team the 44-47 lead at the break.

After Marrow led off the second half with a three-pointer, PC rattle off six unanswered to give Blue Hose its first double-digit lead of the game, 50-40, 17:37 left. The Pirates cut the lead to five, 52-47, with 16:15 on the clock.  PC responded with a 10-2 run to jump back out to a double-digit lead, 62-49, 11:05 to go.

Nine unanswered by Hampton, which included five straight from Lysander Bracey, put the Pirates back in the game, trailing by just four, 58-62, 7:12 remaining. It was short-lived as a 9-2 run by PC gave the home team an 11-point lead again, 71-60, 3:20 to go. It would not get any lower as a Flagler three-pointer with 16 on the clock helped seal the 15-point, 85-70 win.

Players of the Game

Davon Bell was just five shy of his career-high with 22 points on the night.  He also recorded a season-high eight rebounds in the win. Adam Flagler finished close behind with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Romeo Crouch finished with a career-high 16 points, off a career-best four three-pointers, to round out PC’s double-digit scorers. Jermaine Marrow and Kalin Fisher scored 15 apiece to lead Hampton.

Stats of the Game

A strong offensive half by both teams, PC posted 53.3% from the field and recorded six three-pointers in the opening stanza, while Hampton came away with 48.1% and four threes. For the game PC shot 48.3%, and finished with 10 three-pointers, compared to 44.3% and seven threes for Hampton. PC held the slight 38-34 edge in rebounds and had two more turnovers, 13-11. Free throws played a role down the stretch with Hampton connecting on seven-of-22, PC 17-of-23.

Notables

-          Second game this season PC has had at least two 20-point scorers, the last was at Dayton (Lewis, 20; Flagler, 20).

-          PC has now won four in a row at home, and hold a 6-2 mark.

-          12th game of the season with at least 10 three-pointers.

-          Romeo Crouch tied his career-high with 16 points and recorded a career-best four three-pointers.

-          Adam Flagler pulled down a career-high eight rebounds.

 

 

Blue Hose Mens Basketball Toughs Out 71-64 Win over Longwood

 

The Blue Hose capitalized on a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away in a close battle and then hold on through a late Lancer rally as the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team came away with the 71-64 win over Longwood in Big South action Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center.  

Adam Flagler scored 21 points to lead the Blue Hose to their seven home win of the season. Cory Hightower posted his second double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scoring the Game

Longwood jumped out to a 6-0 lead the opening three minutes before PC got on the board with a Flagler basket at 17:11. It was the start of a 6-0 run for the Blue Hose to tie the game at 15:06. The rest of the half was a back and forth defensive battle with neither team able to establish a foothold offensively. Tied for the fifth time at 24-24, JC Younger added a layup and a three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run to give PC its largest lead of the game to that point, at five, 29-24, 2:23 left before the break.

The Lancers were held without a basket the final 7:40 of the first half, with PC taking advantage, posting a 12-5 run to go into the locker room with the seven-point, 34-27, lead.

A 17-6 run to start the second half by Longwood, which included three three-pointers, put the visitors ahead 44-40, 14:34 remaining. PC clawed back over the next three minutes, taking the 47-46 lead off back to back baskets and a free throw from Chris Martin, the first coming off PC’s first steal of the game.

Longwood took a 53-50 lead with just over eight to play but Flagler’s second three-pointer of the afternoon tied the game at 53-53, 7:59 left.  It was the start of a 12-0 run, which included six straight from Romeo Crouch, that saw the home team build a 62-53 lead, 5:49 to go. Longwood, which was in the midst of an almost eight-minute field goal drought, hit two free throws at 5:12 to cut the margin to seven, 62-55. The Lancers hit a basket at 2:03 to make it a five-point game, 62-57. Free throws proved clutch down the stretch with two from Hightower making it a three-possession game. PC added several free throws to counter the Longwood baskets to give the Blue Hose the 71-64 win.

Players of the Game

Adam Flagler scored 21 points for the second straight game to lead the Blue Hose. He hit three three-pointers, all in the second half.  Cory Hightower paced the team with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 11 points and second double-double of the season.  Romeo Crouch added 14 points. Shabooty Phillips paced Longwood with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Stats of the Game

A solid defensive first half, PC shot 42.4%, while Longwood hit 32.0%.  The Blue Hit four three-pointers, compared to three for the Lancers.  For the game, PC finished with 40.4%, eight three-pointers and 44 rebounds. Longwood ended with a 35.7% from the field, nine three-pointers and 36 rebounds.  Each team recorded eight turnovers as well. The second half saw Longwood connect on seven free throws, with PC over doubling that with 15.

Notables

-          Cory Hightower recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

-          Cory Hightower’s 12 rebounds were a career-high.

-          The 11 wins ties the total from last season, which is tied for the most since the team earned 14 victories in 2011-12.

-          The 7-2 home record is the best since PC went 9-2 back in 2008-09.

 

Men’s Basketball Picks Up 68-59 Road Win at USC Upstate

 

SPARTANBURG – JC Younger hit six three-pointers, scoring 19 points, while Davon Bell added 16, to lead the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team to the 68-59 win over USC Upstate in Big South action Monday afternoon.  

PC has now won three in a row, tying its longest win streak of the season.

Scoring the Game

The Blue Hose came out of the gates strong, jumping out to a 13-0 lead with 14:52 to go in the half, helped by three-pointers from Adam Flagler and Chris Martin.  USC Upstate responded with an 18-5 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 18-18.  The Spartans’ Malik Moore scored five unanswered to take a 25-20 lead, 8:35 on the clock, but the Blue Hose answered with a 13-3, including back to back three-pointers from JC Younger and Flagler, to retake the lead, 33-28, 2:13 left.  USC Upstate cut the margin to two, 33-31, but a Martin free throw with a minute and a half to go proved to be the final score of the half as the Blue Hose headed to the locker room with the 34-31 lead.

PC led off the second with a 6-1 run, building an eight-point, 40-32 lead, 16:25 on the clock.  Five unanswered by the Spartans made it a three-point game, but Younger’s three-pointer at 13:01 made it a six-point game, 43-47.

After a back and forth battle over the next several minutes, PC held on to a 46-43 lead, 10:10 remaining.  A Younger three-pointer at 9:43 and again at 8:15 put the Blue Hose ahead by nine, 52-43.  PC took the lead up to double-digits until a 1:22 left when Deion Holmes cut the lead to seven off a layup.  Younger’s sixth three-pointer of the night with just under a minute to play ended the potential rally and putting PC ahead by 10, 68-58.  Upstate hit a basket with 33 seconds left, but that was it as the Blue Hose came away with the 68-59 win.

Players of the Game

JC Younger hit six three-pointers and one free throw to finish with a team-leading 19 points, while Davon Bell and Adam Flagler added 16 and 13 points, respectively.  Francois Lewis paced the team in rebounds with seven.  Malik Moore led USC Upstate with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Stats of the Game

The Blue Hose shot 45.5% from the field, compared to 35.7% for USC Upstate.  The Spartans hit nine three-pointers, while PC posted 11.  Free throws were in favor of PC, 17-11, while Upstate led the rebounding effort, 39-30.

Notables

- JC Younger’s 13 three-pointers attempted tied for sixth in the PC DI record book, his six made tied for eighth.

- PC’s three-game winning streak ties for the longest of the season.

- The 12 wins is the most for PC since the 14 victories in 2011-12.

 

For the Record

PC moves to 12-9 overall and 4-2 in the Big South, while USC Upstate drops to 5-16, 0-6.

Up Next

The Blue Hose round out their two-game road trip with a Jan. 24th contest at Campbell. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

How to follow

Fans can follow at www.GoBlueHose.com, and @BlueHoseHoops.

 

 

 

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