Once again, the Templeton Center floor was kind to the seventh-seeded Presbyterian Blue Hose, who opened the Big South Tournament with a 106-59 victory over 10th seed UNC Asheville on Tuesday night.
Dustin Kerns’ Blue Hose went 12-3 at home and will now advance into a noon game on Thursday against second-seeded Radford at Gore Arena in Buies Creek, N.C., home court of the top-seeded Campbell Camels.
The Blue Hose hit 21 three-pointers, including a record 13 in the first half.
J.C. Younger led the Blue Hose with 24 points, all coming off an eight-of-14 effort from the perimeter. The 47-point margin of victory was the most ever in a Big South tournament game.
Four three-pointers in a span of four minutes highlighted the Blue Hose in a 14-6 run to open the game. Asheville cut the lead to four off four unanswered points, but it was PC with the next nine straight, capped by a Romeo Crouch three-pointer, the team’s sixth, to jump out to a 23-10 lead with 12:06 to go before the break.
The Blue Hose weren’t done yet from the perimeter, hitting two more to round out the half with 13 and a 28-point, 58-30 lead.
The second half was much the same. PC led by 25 with 17:17 remaining before extending the margin to 45 off a 20-0 run, highlighted by four three-pointers, to lead 82-37 with 11:54 left. The Blue Hose were unstoppable from the perimeter, hitting four more over the final 11 minutes to take the 47-point win.
Three-pointers ruled the game for PC, as the Blue Hose hit 21, while holding Asheville to five. The Blue Hose shot 56.1 percent from the field and 53.8 from the perimeter, with Asheville hitting 36.4 percent overall and 23.8 in three-pointers. PC held the rebounding margin, 45-25, and had two fewer turnovers, 8-10.
PC improves to 18-14 overall, while UNC Asheville ends the season at 4-27.