The De Train - all aboard!!
Riding the De Train - DeSean Murray (3, shown in earlier home action) scored 34 points Feb. 25 playing at Longwood, in a PC men’s basketball win, 74-73, following up on a 28-point performance Feb. 20 playing at Liberty. Murray’s 34 - 14 from the free throw line - are a career high for the sophomore, and the second most points in a game in the Blue NCAA Division I basketball history. The Blue Hose men finished their regular season Feb. 27 against High Point (Murray, 16 points in a home loss), and start Big South Conference tournament action Thursday in Buies Creek, NC (host Campbell University). - Photo by Vic MacDonald/MyClintonNews.com
Big South Men’s Basketball Tournament
Opponent: Radford - Thursday, 4:30 pm tip
Tournament Date: March 3-6, 2016
Site: Buies Creek, N.C. (Gore Arena)
Radio: SUNNY 103.5-FM
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Broadcast: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Live Stats: www.BigSouthSports.com
Radford Series: Radford leads the series 10-6
Last four meetings:
2016: PC 69, RAD 68
2015 RAD 63, PC 52
2015: RAD 95, PC 82
2014: RAD 78, PC 73
Record: 16-14, 9-9
Last Game: Feb. 27, 2016 vs Longwood
W 81-92 in Radford, Va.
Head Coach: Mike Jones
Career Record: 79-84 (5th year)
Radford Record: 79-84 (5th year)
vs. PC: 5-3
Record: 10-19, 5-13
Last Game: Feb. 27, 2016 vs High Point
L 60-80 in Clinton
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 410-398 (27th year)
PC Record: 410-398 (27th year)
vs. Radford: 6-10
PC enters the Big South Tournament as the #10-seed and take on #7 Radford Thursday, March 3, for the second time in post-season play, having lost to the Highlanders 72-78, in 2013-14 ... The Highlanders own a 10-6 record in the series, but it was the Blue Hose that snapped a five-game losing streak against them with a 69-68 win in the last meeting ... PC is 0-3 in tournament play, but those included a four-point loss to Longwood in 2014-15, a five-point loss to Radford in 2013-14, and an overtime loss to Campbell in 2012-13 ...
The winner of the Radford/ PC game takes on #2-seed Winthrop Friday at 6 p.m. ... Winthrop owns the overall series against PC, with the Eagles taking just a four-point, 74-70, win in the only meeting this season ... It was a back and forth battle in Rock Hill ... PC led by as much as six in a second half that saw eight ties ... Winthrop scored the final seven of the game’s 10 points to earn the close victory ... DeSean Murray led the team with 24 points and six rebounds ...
The Blue Hose are 10-19 overall and 5-13 in the league, after dropping a 60-80 decision against High Point in the regular-season finale ... DeSean Murray leads the team in scoring (20.1), rebounding (7.4), and steals (1.93) ... PC is averaging 68.1 points and 33.6 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 73.4 points and 35.8 rebounds ...
Against Longwood Murray’s 34 points was not only a career-high but now ranks tied for second in PC’s Division I record book for most points in a game ... In first is Jordan Downing, who scored 37 against UNC Greensboro in 2013 ... The 14 free throws made by Murray is a new PC record and the most since Al’Lonzo Coleman hit 13 against Army in 2011 ...
PC’s 79 points against Liberty was the most in a conference game this season and the fourth-most points by the Blue Hose overall ...
In the last 12 games, the Blue Hose record is 3-9, but of those games eight have been decided by single digits, and of those five within one possession, and three within a point ...
The loss to Gardner-Webb marked the first regular-season overtime contest for PC since the 2012-13 season ... PC had two that season ...
In the loss to UNC Asheville PC shot 54.8% from the field, its highest since a 59.6% performance against The Citadel Nov. 21 ...
The Blue Hose are making tremendous strides in their journey through Division I, posting better numbers from last season in scoring (68.1-61.8), rebounding (33.6-32.2), assists (11.4-10.7) and steals (6.7-5.2) ...
Through the end of the regular season, the 68.1 scoring average is the highest in PC’s Division I history, 2.7 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.6 field goal percentage is just 2.8 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 33.6, .9 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.4, within .5 of the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ... Playing more aggressively, PC’s 6.7 steals per game is just .3 lower than the 7.0 set in 2008-09 ...
PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at 4th in free throw pct. (.701), 3rd in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.333), and 5th in steals (6.8) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (19.8), is 4th in rebounding (7.4), 4th in field goal pct. (.552), and 2nd in steals (2.04) ... as of 2/20/16 ...
DeSean Murray is 53rd in the nation in FG pct. (54.9), 29th in FT attempts (205), 30th in FT made (158), 27th in points per ame (20.1), 36th in steals per game (1.93), 15th in total FG made (213), 24th in total points (584), and 31st in total steals (56) ... as of 2/25/16 ...
PC returned three of five starters from last season's team, not including Reggie Dillard, who sat out due to an injury ... Dillard was a starter in 29 of 30 games in 2013-14 ... Lost are Jordan Downing and Will Truss, who combined to score over 800 points last season (25.47 a game) ... Returning is DeSean Murray, who was second on the team on offense with 15.7 ppg ...
PC won on the road for the third time this season with the 74-73 win over Longwood Feb. 25, marking the second year in a row the Blue Hose have posted multiple road wins in a season ... The three road wins is tied for the highest since PC went 7-7 outside Templeton Center in 2011-12 ...
This season’s non-conference schedule includes four teams from the Southern Conference (Furman, The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford, and one team from the Atlantic Sun (USC Upstate), ACC (Clemson), A-10 (Richmond), and the Big East (Marquette) ...
Blue Hose games aren’t typically one-point decisions ... In over 250 games since the team has played since moving to Division I in 2007, there have been just 11 one-point games, four have happened this season ... The Blue Hose hold a 7-4 mark (3-1 this season) after PC earned the 74-73 win over Longwood Feb. 25, 2016 ...
DeSean Murray earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors this past season to become the first in PC’s Division I history to pick up the award.