The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team shot over 60 percent in the second half and held UNC Asheville to just 35 percent. Thus did the Blue Hose cruise to the 67-44 win in Big South action Thursday evening at Templeton Center.
Francois Lewis led PC with 12 points and nine rebounds.
A low scoring affair for much of the first half, PC opened up a 15-6 lead with 10:33 to go off a Francois Lewis three-pointer. Asheville cut the margin to six off a 5-3 run, but Lewis and JC Younger came back with three-pointers in a three-minute span to lead PC in a 12-0 run to take the lead to 18, 29-11, 2:19 on the first-half clock. DeVon Baker ended the Bulldog drought with a three-pointer at 1:47.
Adam Flagler responded 25 seconds later with his first three of the night, before Jalen Seegars answered with Asheville’s second three in a span of a minute to make it a 15-point game, 32-17, at the break.
Flagler led off the second half with back to back three-pointers as part of eight straight points to propel PC to a 23-point, 40-17 lead, with 18:31 on the clock. The home team extended the lead to 26 seven minutes in before an L.J. Thorpe three and Cress Worthy layup made it a 21-point contest.
The Bulldogs would match that again with just over four to play and again at the one-minute mark off a 5-0 run. Cody Shubert’s three increased the edge back to 24, with a UNC Asheville free throw at the 26-second mark making it a 23-point game at the end.
Baker paced UNC Asheville with 14 points, with Stephen Edoka pulling down six rebounds.
The Blue Hose won their ninth game at home, tying for the most in their Division I history.
PC improves to 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big South, while UNC Asheville falls to 3-21, 1-9.
The Blue Hose host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team, which faces Winthrop at 2. Both games will be televised on ESPN3.