CLINTON, S.C. – Reggie Dillard’s three-pointer with 14 seconds left gave Presbyterian College a 72-71 Big South win over visiting UNC Asheville Saturday night at Templeton Center.
The Bulldogs (13-13, 7-5 BSC) had two chances to take the lead in the final 14 seconds but missed a lay-up and turned the ball over.
Jordan Downing led the Blue Hose (6-21, 2-10 BSC) with 31 points. William Truss added 12 points and 16 rebounds. Dillard added 12 points.
Asheville was led by D.J. Cunningham with a career-high 23 points. He blocked three shots to become the school’s all-time leader in career blocks with 256, passing former teammate John Williams (255).
Jaron Lane added 16 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Rowsey finished with 14 points as he scored in double figures for the 22nd straight time. However, he did not hit a three-pointer in the game for only the second time this season.
Asheville was clinging to a 71-69 lead and forced two PC’s misses but could not control the rebound. Downing missed again but somehow PC got the rebound and Dillard hit a long three-pointer from the left corner.
Rowsey came down and missed a lay-up at the 10-second mark. Truss was fouled but missed both free throws.
Lane came down to try and give the Bulldogs the win. He had the ball knocked away in the lane and the Blue Hose got the ball.
The Bulldogs led from start to finish in the opening half. Cunningham had 10 early points to forge an early 24-14 lead. Rowsey tallied seven of his 10 points in the final five minute of the half to help Asheville build a 38-25 lead.
But the Blue Hose scored the final five points of the half to cut the Asheville lead to 38-30.
UNC Asheville begins a two-game homestand Wednesday night when the Bulldogs host Charleston Southern at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.