CLINTON, S.C. Presbyterian scored the first 14 points of the game and never trailed in a 52-35 win versus Army on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Templeton Center. The Black Knights ended their non-conference schedule with a 7-7 record, while the Blue Hose improved to 2-19, snapping an 11-game losing skid.
Tuesday’s game marked only the second home game of the season and Presbyterian’s first home contest since Dec. 1. Both of the Blue Hose’s victories have been on their home floor.
Senior G Jarell Brown led the Black Knights with 10 points, his career-best 11th straight game in double figures. Sophomore Tyrell Thompson tallied six points, while junior Kenny Brewer, senior Corban Bates and sophomore Chris Walker each scored four off the bench. Junior Doug Wiliams, Bates and Thompson each had four rebounds.
Pat Kiscaden scored a game-high 13 points, including three three-pointers, for the Blue Hose. Bryan Bostic added 12 points, while Josh Johnson just missed a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Army shot a season-low 30.4 percent (14-46) en route to its lowest offensive output of the season. Presbyterian shot 35.1 percent from the field overall and 36.8 percent from deep. The Blue Hose owned a 36-25 advantage on the glass.
Presbyterian opened the game on a 14-0 run on a layup and four three-pointers, including two by Kiscaden. The Blue Hose hit five of their first six shots while the Black Knights missed their first five attempts. Brewer ended the drought with a pair of jumpers in the paint, but Kiscaden hit his third triple to give Presbyterian a 13-point advantage at 17-4. A pair of free throws pushed the lead to 15 points, but the Black Knights went on a 11-1 run to get within five points at 20-15. The Blue Hose scored the final four points of the half, including a jumper by Bostic that ended a 12-minute, 28-second stretch without a field goal, to go into intermission with a 24-15 lead.
Presbyterian continued its momentum after halftime, scoring first seven of the first eight points to re-open its 15-point spread. Army went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 34-24. The Blue Hose rallied after a timeout to score seven of the next eight points and establish a 16-point advantage. A four-point play by Brown trimmed the margin to 41-29, but Army could not get any closer. Presbyterian scored its final 11 points from the foul line to close the 17-point win
The game marked Army’s lowest scoring total since a 66-29 loss to Holy Cross in 2004-05. It was the first time this season that the Black Knights did not reach the 50-point plateau.
Presbyterian’s win avenged a 63-58 loss to the Black Knights at Christl Arena on Nov. 24.
Army continues its three-game road swing on Saturday, Jan. 12 when it opens the Patriot League schedule at Colgate.
Game Notes: Tuesday’s game marked the first sellout (2,500) in the history of Presbyterian’s Templeton Center ... The Blue Hose are now 40-3 at home in the last four seasons ... Army’s 15 points at halftime represented its lowest-scoring half of the season ... Army’s 17-point loss was its largest margin of defeat since a 32-point defeat in the opener at Minnesota ... Josh Miller had his string of games with at least five assists stopped at six ... Sophomore Jon Sizemore came off the bench to make his collegiate debut.