CLINTON, S.C. –In a back-and-forth game, the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team held off a late Radford rally, including a last second Highlander miss, to come away with the 65-63 win Thursday afternoon at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Rayshon Harrison led the effort with 13 points, followed by Brandon Younger and Trevon Reddish with 12 points apiece.
Scoring the Game
The Blue Hose led most of the opening 10 minutes of the first half, with Radford trailing by as much as seven, including at the 13:44 mark, 7-14, after Kirshon Thrash connected on his first three-pointer of the game. The Highlanders rallied with a 9-0 run, highlighted by four from Fah’Mir Ali, to take a two-point lead, 16-14, 10:54 on the clock. The lead was short-lived with a game-tying jumper by Ambaka Le Gregam sparking an 11-5 run that gave PC the eight-point lead, 27-19, 5:28 left. In a half that was defined by runs, the Highlanders answered, outscoring PC 8-0 the next two-and-a-half minutes, off a free throw and back-to-back three-pointers, to knot the contest at 27-27. Thrash stole back the lead with his career-best second three-pointer of the game at 2:11 to make it a three-point contest, 30-27. It was all Radford the final two minutes, with the Highlanders getting a basket from Lewis Djonkam and two free throws from Dravon Mangum, as the visitors headed to the locker room holding a 31-30 lead.
Brandon Younger opened the second half with a three-pointer to take the Blue Hose back on top, 33-31. Radford used a small 6-2 run to retake the lead by four, 37-33, 17:10 left. With Radford holding a four-point margin again at 15:49, the Blue Hose scored eight in a row, helped by five from Trevon Reddish, to flip the score to a four-point PC lead, 44-40, 11:10 to go. A back and forth battle the next few minutes, the game saw three ties, the last during that span at 47-47, 8:23 to go.
Neither team could pull ahead by too much, and a Le Gregam jumper at 6:13 knotted the game again at 52-52. Will Ferguson made it a four-point game just over a minute later with his first three-pointer of the game, giving the home team a 56-52 lead, 5:31 remaining. The Blue Hose extended the lead to six, 61-56, 3:15 on the clock, but Radford’s Xavier Lipscomb quickly posted up a three-pointer to cut the margin to three, just under three to play. The game hovered around the three to five-point margin the minute and a half, with Chyree Walker hitting a basket and subsequent free throw to cut the margin to two, 63-65, just 42 seconds left. Radford had a chance at the end, but Quinton Morton-Robertson’s layup as time expired just missed the rim as PC survived for the 65-63 win.
Players of the Game
Rayshon Harrison led four Blue Hose in double-figures with 13. Brandon Younger (career high) and Trevon Reddish followed with 12 apiece, while Ambaka Le Gregam rounded out the four with 10 points. Reddish flirted with a double-double with a team-leading and career-high nine rebounds. Pacing Radford was Dravon Mangum with 16 points and Lewis Djonkam with 11 rebounds to go with his 13 points for the double-double.
Stats of the Game
Neither team shot exceptionally well with PC finishing with 38.5%, and Radford coming away with 36.5%. The Highlanders pulled down five more rebounds, 39-34, and had more turnovers, 14-11. Of PC’s 11, only two were in the second half. The home team went 14-of-18 from the line and hit seven three-pointers, while the visitors finished with a 20-24 effort from the line and with five three-pointers.
- There were 10 lead changes and nine ties in the game
- Will Ferguson recorded a career-best seven points off a perfect three-for-three effort from the field
- Trevon Reddish pulled down a career-high nine rebounds
- Brandon Younger posted a career-high 12 points, and three three-pointers.
For the Record
PC improves to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the league, while Radford moves to 4-6, 3-1.
The Blue Hose travel to Asheville, N.C., to take on UNC Asheville in a two-game series Jan. 4-5. Monday’s tip-off is at 5pm and will air live on ESPNU. Tuesday’s game is on ESPN+ and tips at 2pm. Both contests can be heard on WPCC.
December 30, 2020
CLINTON, S.C. –Radford rallied from a second half deficit, outscoring the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team 22-11 in the final 10-and-a-half minutes to take the come-from-behind, 71-65, win Wednesday evening at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Trevon Reddish scored a career-high 24 points to lead PC.
Scoring the Game
Radford jumped out early, leading 5-0, at 18:04, and again at 9-4, 15:33 on the clock. Back-to-back three-pointers by Rayshon Harrison and Kirshon Thrash sparked an 18-4 run, which included eight unanswered, to storm out to a nine-point, 22-13 lead, 8:50 on the clock. Two free throws, as well as a Zavier Lipscomb three-pointer cut PC’s lead to just four, but an Owen McCormack three, took the Blue Hose back up by seven, 6:08 left. Radford was able to cut the PC lead to four on several occasions the rest of the half, but the Blue Hose had an answer every time, including a three-pointer by Harrison with 30 seconds left to give the home team a 36-29 lead. Radford was not done yet, hitting a three of their own, this one from Josiah Jeffers in the closing seconds, to trim the halftime margin to four, 36-32.
McCormack quickly took the Blue Hose up by seven again in the second half with a three-pointer at the 19:16 mark. Another McCormack three-pointer with 18:00 on the clock made it an eight-point game, 44-36, before Brandon Younger’s layup at 16:30 gave PC its largest lead of the game to that point, at nine, 48-39. With the score at nine again, 50-41, 15:59 on the clock, Radford began to push back, scoring seven in a row to cut the lead to two, 48-50, 13:46 to go. McCormack stopped the run with a three-pointer at 13:13, making it a five-point game, 53-48.
The Blue Hose extended the lead to nine with just over 10 to play, but the Highlanders rallied again, taking a one-point lead, 59-58, off a 10-0 run. A Radford foul put PC at the free throw line, with Reddish hitting both to stop the drought and give the Blue Hose the lead back, 60-59, 5:37 remaining. Radford returned the favor with two free throws of its own, as well as a Chyree Walker layup, to retake the lead, 63-60, 4:49 on the clock. Reddish’s three-pointer at 3:10, and two free throws at 2:26, gave the game back to PC, 65-63, with. It was short-lived as Radford hit back-to-back two-pointers and added a few free throws over the next two minutes to build a five-point lead, 70-65. The Highlanders put up one more free throw to take the final, 71-65.
Players of the Game
Quinton Morton-Robertson led Radford with 18 points, with Lewis Djonkam pacing the team on the boards with seven. Trevon Reddish scored a career-best 24 points, while Owen McCormack added 14 points off a career-high four three-pointers. McCormack’s seven rebounds also led the team.
Stats of the Game
Radford shot 60.5% for the game, while PC ended with 40.7%. The Blue Hose connected on nine three-pointers, to the Highlanders’ five, but posted seven less rebounds, 24-31. Radford held the turnover margin 17-10, and hit two more free throws, 14-12. Points in the paint played a critical role with the Highlanders hitting at a 42-14 advantage.
- Owen McCormack hit a career-high four three-pointers
- Trevon Reddish’s career-high 24 points is the most for a Blue Hose this season
- Rayshon Harrison has scored in double-figures in every game this season