CLINTON, S.C. (Presbyterian College) – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team took a second-half lead in its Saturday night non-conference game against Furman, but the Paladins rallied down the stretch to take a 74-59 victory at Templeton Center.
PC moves to 3-8 on the year and next hosts Tennessee-Martin on Monday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Furman improves to 4-4.
The Blue Hose led for most of the game and opened up a 10-point lead early in the second half, but Furman’s red hot shooting in the final stanza—converting a 65.2 percent clip—helped the team outscore PC 29-9 in the final 8:06 to take the win.
William Truss (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) posted his fourth double-double of the season with a 16 point, 10-rebound effort. Jordan Downing (Huntersville, N.C.) led PC with 21 points and Reggie Dillard (Greensboro, N.C.) dished out a game-high nine assists.
Furman’s Stephen Croone led all players with 24 points and paced the Paladins with nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Blue Hose used hot hands of their own in the first half to take a 36-30 lead at the break. The home side shot 51.6 percent in the opening stanza led by Downing’s 15 points on a 7-for-10 clip.
The two teams traded quick leads to start the contest and a Downing jumper put PC ahead by four. The Paladins answered by tying the game for the third time at the 12:27 mark, but Dillard knocked down a look from downtown to make it a 14-11 game. PC eventually opened up its lead to five on a Downing layup before the Paladins tied the game up again on a Stephen Croone jumper, one of his six field goals in the first half.
Croone hit another two-pointer after a Downing bucket to tie the game at 21-21 before tying the game again at 23-23. From there, however, PC ended the half on a 13-7 run to take a six-point lead into the locker room. Downing and Danny Herrera (Miami, Fla.) scored the scoring down the stretch and Truss capped the period with a layup for a 36-30 advantage.
PC limited Furman to only four points in the first 6:17 to open up a 10-point lead. The Paladins chipped away, but six straight PC points by Truss—including a slick reverse layup—and a Herrera bucket held the opposition at arm’s length. The Blue Hose led by five with 8:29 to go before three-pointers from William Gates and Larry Wideman gave Furman its first lead since 18:22 of the first half.
Downing hit a shot to retake the lead before another Paladin trey and two free throws gave the visitors a four-point cushion with six minutes left. Furman continued to attack and eventually assembled an 18-2 run that extended its lead to 13 points with two minutes to go.
Austin Anderson (Piedmont, S.C.) cashed in a trey and Downing tucked away a layup, but the Paladins would hold on for the 74-59 win.