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PC men shut down Asheville

The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team played one of its best defensive games of the season, forcing 21 turnovers – including a single-game Division-I record seven steals – and held UNC Asheville to 17 first-half points in a 67-44 victory at the Templeton Center Thursday night.

The victory moved PC to 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big South. PC’s 14th victory tied the 2011-12 squad for the most single-season victories since the program moved to Division I in 2007.

PC’s 44 points also tied for the fewest points allowed against any team this year. The Blue Hose allowed 44 earlier in the season against Trinity. Prior to this game, the fewest points allowed to any D-I opponent came when the squad gave up 59 to USC Upstate.

The seven steals topped the previous record of six, set earlier this season at Marquette.

Francois Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds for PC, while both Adam Flagler and Cory Hightower had 11 points.

PC will try to set the single-season record for wins in a Division-I season Saturday when it hosts Gardner-Webb at approximately 4:30 p.m. The men’s game will follow the women’s home contest against Winthrop.

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