GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team used a 13-1 run late in the second half to break out from a back-and-forth game to take a 75-70 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday afternoon.
In the first half, neither team was able to keep a lead for very long. The largest lead of the half by either team was four, with PC holding a 7-3 margin at 18:38 off a Flagler three-pointer. There were five ties in the first 20 minutes, the final one at 32-32, 5:12 to go, after Terry Harris hit a three-pointer to rally from a 29-32 deficit.
Off back to back Cory Hightower free throws, the Aggies closed out the half with two free throws by Kameron Langley to go into the locker room leading 39-36. For the half, the Blue Hose hit seven three-pointers, compared to 10 for North Carolina A&T (2-6). The Aggies shot 50 percent from the field, with PC hitting just over 40.
The Aggies built a 45-40 lead in the opening five minutes of the second half, the largest lead of any team up to that point. The lead was short lived as Lewis scored five unanswered, including a three-pointer, at 13:37, to tie the game at 45-45. After a Ronald Jackson dunk gave the Aggies back the lead, Lewis stepped up again with a three-pointer at 12:29 to give the Blue Hose a 48-47 lead.
A Chris Martin lay-up made it 50-47 at 11:51, as part of a 10-2 PC run.
The game came down to free throws with Martin hitting two with 22 seconds left to make it 73-70. Harris missed a three with nine seconds left, with J.C. Younger hitting two more free throws with six seconds left to help seal the 75-70 win.
Martin pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds with Hightower just one behind with six. Davon Bell added six assists. Harris led NCAT with 27 points and six rebounds. He was eight-for-11 from the three-point arc.
The Blue Hose shot 44.2 percent from the field and hit 12 three-pointers, as well as 17 free throws, while the Aggies hit 45.1 percent, with 15 three-pointers and nine free throws. PC held the rebounding edge, 34-29, and had two more turnovers, 11-9.
Neither team ever led by more than seven points. The lead changed hands 15 times and the game was tied eight times.
The Blue Hose return home for the start of a three-game stretch at Templeton Center with Jacksonville Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.