CHARLESTON, S.C. -
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Presbyterian College) – The Bucs hit 10 three-pointers and shot over 60% in a decisive first half en route to the 95-58 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in Big South action tonight in Charleston, S.C.
The Blue Hose fall to 4-14 overall and 0-3 in the Big South, while CSU improves to 8-8, 2-1 on the year. PC is back in action Saturday, Jan. 18, as it hosts Gardner Webb at 2 p.m. The Bucs host UNC Asheville the same day at 5:30 p.m.
William Truss led the Blue Hose with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Danny Herrera followed with 14. Markus Terry added 10 on the night, just three from his career-high.
Matt Kennedy paced CSU with 21 points, going four-of-six from the perimeter. Saah Nimley added 19 for the Bucs. Paul Gombwer led the team on the boards with eight rebounds.
PC shot 46.3% for the game, compared to 50.0% for CSU. The Bucs held the 41-30 advantage on the boards and had nine less turnovers, 8-15. CSU recorded 23 points off those turnovers, compared to four for PC.
The Blue Hose were one-of-10 from the three point arc, and were scoreless until Herrera hit his lone perimeter shot at the 13:23 mark of the second half. CSU was 13-of-34 for the game, hitting 10 in the first stanza.
The first half saw a close game the first few minutes with PC taking an 8-7 lead off a Downing basket with 17:09 on the clock. Back to back three-pointers by CSU gave the Bucs a 13-8 lead at 14:59, igniting a 20-4 run the five minutes to extend the lead to 27-12 at the 11:27 mark.
The Bucs continued to hit well from the perimeter, connecting on 10 in the first half, to take their largest lead at the break, 52-26.
PC shot 54.5% in the second half and were 12-of-22 from the field, while holding the Bucs to 29.5% and just three three-poiinters, but the Blue Hose couldn’t sustain a long enough run to come back from the double-digit halftime deficit.
A 6-0 CSU run the final minute game gave the Bucs their largest lead of the game at the end, 95-58.