Adams' buzzer beater
Will Adams banked in the game winner as time expired to give the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team the come-from-behind, 74-73, win over Longwood. Playing in Big South action Thursday evening in Farmville, Va., DeSean Murray put on a highlight show the rest of the night with a career-high 34 points to give PC its second win in a row.
PC earned its second road win in a row to move to 10-18 overall and 5-12 in the Big South, while Longwood drops to 8-22, 4-13. The Blue Hose host High Point Saturday, at 4:30 p.m., in the regular-season finale.
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.
The Blue Hose played in just their 11th one-point game in Division I, moving to 7-4 in those games. There have been four this season, with PC going 3-1.
Down by eight early in the second half, PC chipped away at the lead, capitalizing on Murray’s 21 second-half points, and took its first lead since midway through the first, at 53-52, 9:28 to go.
The Blue Hose extended the lead to six, 66-60, 4:01 to go, before Longwood rallied with a 9-2 run, capped by a three from Isaac Belton, to retake the lead at 69-68,, 1:15 to play.
After a Reggie Dillard jumper gave PC the lead back, Longwood hit two free throws 12 seconds later to retake a one-point lead, 71-70. Murray responded with free throws just 15 seconds later and PC led 72-71.
Tra’vaughn White hits a layup with 10 seconds left to give Longwood its final lead of the game at 73-72.
PC took the inbounds and called timeout at midcourt to set up a final play. On the inbounds, Dillard passed to Adams who attempted a three from the right side with four seconds left. The shot bounced out but Adams was there to collect the wayward ball and banked in the rebound as time expired to give PC the one-point, 74-73 win.
PC led by as much as six in the first half, 13-7, 13:57 to go, but it was all Longwood the next several minutes as the home team outscored the Blue Hose 22-4 in four and a half minutes to build a 29-17 lead, 8:35 before intermission.
A follow-up 16-5 run by PC over the next six minutes cut Longwood’s lead to just one, 34-33, 2:39 on the clock. Longwood ended the half with four unanswered to head to the locker room with the 38-33 lead.
Following Murray’s historic night was Adams with 10 points. Murray paced the team with eight rebounds as well. PC hit 18-of-20 from the charity stripe, with Murray going 14-of-16. Longwood hit 15-of-20. Lotanna Nwogbo led Longwood with 24 points and 12 rebounds. White added 21 points.
PC shot 41.3% from the field, compared to 43.1% for the Lancers, which held the rebounding margin, 40-35. The Blue Hose hit four three-pointers in the game, the Lancers with eight.