ORANGEBURG – Damani Applewhite, who scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, led South Carolina State to an 80-68 men’s basketball victory over Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon.
Presbyterian (2-7) shot over 50 percent in the second half to cut the S.C. State lead to single digits on several occasions, but the Bulldogs held on down the stretch Chris Martin led PC with a career-high 19 points, with freshman Owen McCormack pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs led by six, 35-29, at halftime.
Just five minutes into the second half Michael Isler's jumper helped the Blue cut the home team lead to one, 45-44. SCSU responded with an 11-1 run to build a 56-46 lead. Trailing by 10, with nine-and-a-half to go in the game, the Blue Hose, helped by five from Ben Drake, took a 1-point lead, 59-58, with 6:53 on the clock.
That would be the final PC lead as S.C. State (3-5) scored the game’s next five points. A Martin jumper at 2:57 tied the game at 67-67, but an Ian Kinard three-pointer broke the deadlock. South Carolina State hit 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to keep PC at bay.
Isler (16) and Ben Drake (11) also scored in double figures. Shooting woes struck Cory Hightower (2-11 from the field), who scored eight, as did Kody Shubert, who was 4-14 from the field.
Hightower and Shubert each pulled down eight rebounds.
Both teams prospered at the free-throw line as the Bulldogs hit 18-of-24 and the Blue Hose 17-of-22.