Winthrop Tops PC For 5th Straight Home Win

Posted February 8, 2018 7:56 am | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball
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ROCK HILL, SC— Winthrop pulled away from Presbyterian College midway through the second half for a 63-49 victory, Wednesday evening in Big South men’s basketball action at the Winthrop Coliseum.

WINTHROP (15-9, 9-4 BIG SOUTH) 
SCORING LEADERS

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE (10-16, 3-10 BIG SOUTH)
SCORING LEADERS

  • Reggie Dillard (12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals)
  • J.C. Younger (12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal)
  • Davon Bell (8 points, 3 assists, 2 steals)

FIRST HALF

  • The two teams traded leads early on and were tied 7-7 with 16:43 left after Bjorn Broman knocked down a three
  • The Blue Hose outscored the Eagles 8-3 over the next four and a half minutes to lead 15-10 with 12:11 to play
  • Romeo Crouch, Ruben Arroyo and Reggie Dillard all scored in the paint during the run
  • Adam Pickett halted the run with a short jumper, which actually was the start of a 16-0 run
  • Josh Ferguson made it a one-point game with a jumper and then Pickett drilled a three for a 17-15 lead
  • Bjorn Broman followed with a three and then Xavier Cooks scored inside for a 22-15 lead at the 7:31 mark
  • Cooks and Pickett scored on back-to-back possessions for a 26-15 lead to end the run
  • Crouch scored off a turnover as he stole the ball from Cooks and went the distance for a layup with 4:41 to play in the half
  • PC was held scoreless for seven and a half minutes
  • Another three by Pickett with 3:55 left gave the Eagles a 12-point lead as PC continued to fight back to keep the game single-digits before the half
  • Cooks hit a jumper with 1:45 left for a 32-21 lead, which ended up being the score at the half
  • The Eagles shot 48 percent in the half while holding PC to 33 percent (1-for-8 from three)

SECOND HALF

  • Winthrop opened the half 1-for-11 from the floor
  • C.J. Younger scored the first five points of the half and then Davon Bell knocked down a jumper as part of a 7-0 run to start the half
  • Cooks stopped the run with a three-point play to put the Eagles back on top by seven points, but PC responded
  • The Blue Hose went on a 9-0 run to take a 37-35 lead with 11:18 to play
  • Anders Broman gave Winthrop the lead back immediately as he hit a three on the ensuing possession
  • Pickett followed with a floater for a three point lead only to have PC tie the game at 40-40 after Younger drilled another three with 9:59 left
  • Over the next minute and a half the Eagles reeled off seven straight points as two free throws by Cooks got it started and then Pickett scored five straight points for a 47-40 lead, forcing a timeout by PC
  • Dillard stopped the run but the Eagles had another one in them as they scored nine straight for a 56-42 lead with 4:29 to play
  • Cooks again started it with free throws followed by a Charles Falden three and a dunk off a steal by Josh Ferguson
  • The Eagles pushed the lead to as much as 17 points with 2:13 left on an Anders Broman three
  • Despite starting the half 1-for-11 the Eagles shot 44 percent while PC shot 41 percent

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Winthrop shot 46 percent for the game while PC was held to 37 percent
  • The Eagles finished with 17 turnovers to 15 for the Blue Hose but finished with a 19-18 edge in points off turnovers
  • The Eagles had eight blocks and seven steals while PC had two blocks and 11 steals
  • The battle of the boards was won by the Blue Hose 34-32 as they also had an 11-4 advantage in second-chance points
  • Jermaine Ukaegbu came off the bench for the Eagles to help set the tone defensively as he finished with two rebounds and tying a career-high three blocks
  • Bjorn Broman finished just 2-for-11 from the floor but finished with five assists and three steals
  • Winthrop finished with 10 three-pointers (10-for-28) while PC finished 4-for-19

NOTABLES

  • Winthrop tied its season-low of points allowed at 49, which it also held Mars Hill to on Nov. 21, 2017
  • The Eagles hit 10 threes in a game for the 12th time this season
  • The Eagles had eight blocks and now have a total of 19 in the past three games (eight blocks is one shy of the season-high)
  • This was the 10th straight win over the Blue Hose
  • Winthrop has now won five straight home games and is 10-2 on the year
  • It is the sixth straight season with 10 or more victories on Winthrop’s home court, which ties a program record (2002-03 to 2007-08)
  • Eagles have won by double-digits in 12 of the last 13 games
  • Winthrop is now 17-1 at home in the month of February during Pat Kelsey‘s tenure
  • This was the first game the Eagles won this year where it lost the rebounding battle
  • Xavier Cooks is now third all-time in scoring in the history of the program as he passed LaShawn Coulter (1,660) and now has 1,661 points

ON TAP FOR WINTHROP
Winthrop hits the road for two straight beginning with a trip to High Point, NC on Saturday, Feb. 10 as it takes on High Point at 7 p.m.

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