HIGH POINT, N.C – In spite of 19 points from Francois Lewis, the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team saw a three-game win streak come to an end, falling to High Point, 74-58.
The Blue Hose outscored High Point in the second half but couldn’t overcome a double-digit halftime deficit.
Brandonn Kanga scored 25 points for the Panthers, who outrebounded PC 48-32. Jahad Proctor added 18.
High Point opened the game with eight straight, with a Cory Hightower lay-up at 17:25 snapping the drought for PC. Points for the Blue Hose were hard to come back in the opening half, with the Panthers jumping out to a 23-7 lead. A Chris Martin three-pointer helped the Blue Hose in a 7-0 run to cut the margin to nine at 23-14, 8:26 left. High Point responded with back to back three-pointers, to go up by 15, just under five to go.
The Panthers extended their lead to 36-18, until Romeo Crouch hit a three-pointer to trim the lead to 15 again. After both teams traded baskets in the final 45 seconds, High Point rounded out the half with two free throws to go into the locker room leading by 17, 40-23.
Trailing by 20 with 15:02 remaining in the second half, PC scored seven straight, including an Adam Flagler three-pointer, his second of the night, to cut the HPU lead to 51-38. It was the start of a 10-2 run that ended with PC down by just 12, 53-41, with 12:19 left.
Chris Martin recorded a career-high three steals.
PC moves to 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the Big South, while High Point improves to 9-7, 2-0. The Blue Hose are at Radford Saturday, Jan. 12, for a 4:30 p.m. contest.