Marshall men await Blue Hose
HUNTINGTON — Presbyterian College opened the second half at Robert Morris University with an 18-0 run Sunday afternoon and sped to a 77-70 victory in a CollegeInsider.com tournament men’s basketball second-round game in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
Presbyterian (20-15) advanced to play the Marshall Thundering Herd (20-14) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cam Henderson Center.
Robert Morris (18-17) held a 44-31 halftime lead before the Presbyterian Blue Hose, a Big South Conference team from Clinton, South Carolina, cranked it up.
Davon Bell, J.C. Younger, Francois Lewis and Adam Flagler all hit 3-point shots in the run that put Presbyterian ahead, 49-44, at 15:52 of the second half. The Colonials fought back within two points and were as close as 69-64 with 1:28 left before the Blue Hose stretched the lead to 75-64 in the final minute.
Flagler, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, and Lewis (6-9, 230-pound senior forward) both netted 19 points. Younger (6-4 junior guard) scored 17. Cory Hightower (6-7 freshman forward) and Romeo Crouch (6-3 sophomore guard) had nine rebounds apiece.
Marshall will have to contend with Presbyterian’s 3-point shooting. The Blue Hose made 14 of 31 in the game and average about 11 per game. Flagler, Lewis and Younger all shoot about 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Presbyterian’s nickname “Blue Hose” began in the early 1900′s when sportswriters referred to the school’s teams as the “Blue Stockings” because of the blue socks they wore. Writers used the terms “stockings” and “hose” interchangeably over the years. The student body adopted the nickname as the official nickname in the 1950′s.
Marshall began the CIT with a 78-73 win at home against IUPUI and earned a bye into the quarterfinals along with Louisiana-Monroe (19-15) and NJIT (22-12).
Monday second-round matchups are Texas Southern (22-13) at UT Rio Grande Valley (20-16) and Cal State Bakersfield (17-15) at Southern Utah (17-16). The second round concludes Tuesday with Charleston Southern (18-15) at Hampton (17-17) and FIU (20-13) at Green Bay (18-16).
Other quarterfinal games are Thursday.