PC men reach milestone, outlast Gardner-Webb in OT

The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team won its 15th game of the season Saturday night, the most in a single season since joining Division I in 2007, and gave fans at the Templeton Center quite a thrill in the process.

PC scored the game’s final six points over the final 23 seconds of overtime, all from Francois Lewis, and the Blue Hose pulled out a 103-101 victory over Gardner-Webb to move to 15-11 on the season. The 15 victories top the previous mark of 14, set by the 2011-12 squad.

It also moved PC to 7-4 in the Big South, boosting its hopes for a first-round bye in the Big South Tournament next month.

Lewis had a game-high 29 points, along with seven rebounds and five assists, but his biggest contribution came at the end of overtime when he first hit a 3-pointer, then followed a Chris Martin steal by converting on three free throws with less than 1 second to go to account for the final margin.

Lewis was one five PC players in double figures, with Davon Bell scoring 21 points (with eight assists), Cory Hightower registering 16 poitns and seven boards, Adam Flagler tallying 13 points, and Romeo Crouch scoring 11.

PC visits Winthrop Wednesday night.

PC women: The Blue Hose rallied back to within a point with a minute left in regulation, but free throws by the Winthrop Eagles proved enough to send PC to a 62-54 loss at the Templeton Center.

Salina Virola had 21 points, one short of her career-high total, and hit 10 of 10 free throws.

Shamani Stafford added 14 points for PC (4-18, 2-9), which visits UNC Asheville Tuesday.

PC SOFTBALL: Kiley Cross doubled twice and had three hits as the Blue Hose used a five-run first inning to cruise past Morgan State, 9-2, during the second day of the Blue Hose Invitational in Clinton.

Ansley Wilbanks added three hits and scored twice, while Jonnie Petree walked twice and scored three runs.

Alyssa Batastini moved to 2-0 on the young season, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks in four innings, striking out two. Courtney White picked up the save in three innings of hitless relief, walking one and striking out three.

PC plays Akron Sunday, in the final game of the tournament, at approximately 2 p.m.

PC MEN’S TENNIS: The PC men’s tennis team split a pair of matches Saturday, falling 4-2 to Coastal Carolina and defeating Lee, 6-1.

In the team’s victory over Lee, PC took two of three doubles matches to win the first point, then won the No. 1-5 singles matches to secure the victory. Against CCU, the Blue Hose took the doubles point before CCU won four of five singles matches completed.

PC WOMEN’S TENNIS: PC’s women’s tennis team rolled past Lee, 5-2.

PC took the doubles point before grabbing the No. 1-3 and No. 6 singles matches, all of which were won in straight sets.

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