Presbyterian took no prisoners when outmanned Bob Jones University arrived at Templeton Center and participated in a 90-61 slam-dunk seminar conducted by the Blue Hose on Friday night.
PC slammed 7 of them.
“We needed something like that. For the last couple of home games, we haven’t had any exciting plays, alley-hoops, or dunks,” Trevon Reddish-Rhone said. “So we really needed something like that to show the crowd what we can actually do so that we can play our best.”
Reddish-Rhone, who had 3 of the slams, led PC with 16 points and Winston Hill added 6 rebounds. Rayshon Harrison scored 15. All 14 players who saw action for PC scored at least a point.
PC scored 64 points inside the paint, leading to a 57-percent shooting percentage, its 1st time all season above 50 percent.
The Blue Hose ripped off a 16-0 run at the 7:44 mark in the 1st half and an 11-2 run to begin the 2nd half.
“I was proud of the guys for pulling out a victory. It’s always good to protect your home court,” head coach Quinton Ferrell said. “There were some things that we left on the table out there. We needed to be a little bit sharper, but hopefully we can correct those things in practice.
“You just try to play with your standards. We pride ourselves in being able to get stops, so I thought early on, we gave up some uncharacteristic buckets. They were really easy and I thought Bob Jones guarded well against our defense. We just had to tighten up on defense and once we got stops, we were able to get out in transition to get some easy baskets and that helped open the game for us.”
The Blue Hose held BJU to 37 percent shooting and had a season-high 14 steals, one off a D1 record set in 2015.
Devin Dean and Lincoln Riddle each scored 10 points for the Bruins (1-4). Henry Blair and Hayes Brush had 5 rebounds each.
“We could have been better on defense. We did give up some points but at the end of day, we were still able to get the win,” Reddish-Rhone sakd when asked about the defensive performance in the 2nd half.
Ferrell took more satisfaction in the fundamentals than the show-stopping dunks.
What Ferrell wanted to see, he said was “just being more sound and solid with the basketball instead of guys trying to make the home run play. They need to take more time and take what the defense gives them. Our guys can get pretty anxious sometimes and they want to make scoring passes as opposed to passing it to the open guy. We have to mature in that area, take what the defense gives us, and keep it simple.”
The Blue Hose (6-3) will be back on the road Monday at Morehead (Ky.) State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.