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Downing Helps Presbyterian Down UNCG, 87-66

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (Presbyterian College) – Jordan Downing scored a career-high and PC Division I record 37 points, while the Blue Hose shot a season-high 63% from the field en route to a 87-66 win over UNCG in men's basketball action tonight at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.

PC improves to 2-7 overall, while UNCG drops to 4-$.  The Blue Hose return home to the Templeton Center the next two games as they host Montreat Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., and Furman Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:45 p.m.

The game Saturday is part of a doubleheader with the women’s team which faces Gardner Webb at 5 p.m.  The contest is also designated the 100-year anniversary game.  The contest between the Paladins and Blue Hose on Feb. 14, 1913, marked the first ever basketball game for PC.

Downing’s 37 points, coming off just 15 attempts, broke the PC Division I scoring record of 30 set by Al’Lonzo Coleman in 2012.  His 10-for-10 effort from the free throw was also a school record.  Herrera was second in points with a career-best 18 points.

William Truss was solid for the Blue Hose as well, scoring 13 points and pulling down 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and second straight.  Reggie Dillard recorded 11 points and was just two shy of his second career double-double with eight assists.

PC shot 77.8% from the field in the second half, hitting 14-of-18 shots to finish with a 29-of-46 effort.  The Blue Hose shot 57.1% from beyond the three-point arc as well.

Leading UNCG was Nicholas Paulos with 22 points, 18 of those coming off a six-for-12 effort from the three point arc.  Kyle Cain recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Blue Hose held UNCG to 25.8% shooting in the first half en route to 35.3% for the game.  The Spartans held the slight rebounding edge, 38-35, and had one more turnover, 15-14.

The Blue Hose held UNCG to just one field goal in the first five minutes in the first half, taking a 10-3 lead into the first media timeout at 15:11.  Herrera’s three-pointer at 14:59 capped a 13-0 run for PC.

PC extended its lead to 21-9 at 8:43, the only UNCG baskets coming from three three-pointers by Paulos.  Tevon Saddler, who finished with 10 points, became the second Spartan to score with a jumper at 8:18 to make it 11-21, PC.

Trailing 25-23, Paulos hit his fourth three-pointer of the night to make it a nine-point game, 25-16, with four minutes on the clock.

The Spartans cut the score to eight, 18-26, with 3:08 to go, but the Blue Hose responded with a 9-0 run, capped by Downing’s three-pointer and a Dillard dunk, to take their largest lead of the game and season to that point at 19, 37-18 with 1:22 ticks left on the clock.  UNCG rebounded with four unanswered to head into the locker room trailing 22-37.

The Blue Hose opened the second half, outscoring the Spartans 10-5 to take its largest lead of the game, 47-27 with 15:56 remaining.

The Spartans used an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to cut the margin to 14, 35-39, with 14:25 ticks left on the clock.  PC responded with a 10-2 run to go up by 22, 59-37, with 11:02 remaining.

Three three-pointers over a two minute span made it a 15-point game, 61-46, before a 5-2 run took PC up by 19, 67-48, with 6:30 left.  UNCG took an 8-1 run to cut the lead to 12, 56-68 at 4:21, the closest margin since the first half. A 9-2 run by the Blue Hose, highlighted by five from Downing, and PC was back up by 19.  Back to back baskets by the Spartans made it 77-62 for PC at 1:33.

The Blue Hose began making their free throws and continuing the strong defense down the stretch to keep the Spartans at bay, taking the 87-66 win.

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