Winthrop Tops Presbyterian on Emotional Day in Rock Hill
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
ROCK HILL, SC—Senior's Christian Farmer and Joab Jerome combined to score 35 points to lead Winthrop to an 82-60 victory over Presbyterian College, Saturday evening at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The Eagles were celebrating "Senior Day" as the three seniors were recognized in a pre-game ceremony and it was only fitting that the senior's led the way.
Farmer poured in a career-high 18 points as he was 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from three. His only field goal that wasn't a three was a baseline drive and dunk. Jerome finished with 17 points and six rebounds as he was 6-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-6 behind the arc.
"First and foremost I'm proud of our seniors," said Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey. "Senior night's always a special thing in college basketball and a coach because these boys mean so much to you and when they play their last game at home and the days of being able to see them every single day at practice are going to be over in the next few weeks it's obviously disappointing because you love to be around those kids so much. Not only are they really good basketball players, all four of those kids including Clint Waugh, our manager are phenomenal ambassadors for our university."
The victory was the second straight for the Eagles as they close out the regular season with a 17-12 overall record and a 10-6 league mark. The Blue Hose fall to 6-25 overall and 2-14 in the Big South.
Farmer scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as he started off his scoring at the 16:32 mark as he buried a three to give the Eagles an 8-6 lead. After PC took the lead again with just over six minutes left in the half, Johnson and Farmer hit back-to-back threes to give the Eagles the lead for good.
The Eagles held a 10-13 point lead back-and-forth over the first 10 minutes of the second half but after a Reggie Dillard three-pointer at the 10:05 mark, the Eagles reeled off 11 straight points over the next two minutes and 10 seconds as they hit back-to-back-to-back threes. Moore hit the first and the third while Jerome dropped in the middle one of that stretch. That gave Winthrop a 21-point lead at 71-50 and the Eagles cruised from there.
Jordan Downing did everything he could to keep the game within reach as he dropped in a game-high 34 points while Dillard joined him in double-figures with 12. Downing also had two assists and three blocks. PC shot 58 percent in the second half and finished at 43 percent for the game.
Moore finished with 11 points while Johnson added 10 points. The Eagles shot 49 percent in the game and an impressive 55 percent from three. It was the second straight game the Eagles hit 11 or more threes in a game and shot 55 percent or better. It was the 11th time this season Winthrop hit 10 or more threes in a game, but the first time it did it in back-to-back games.
The first half ended with a Jerome straight away three with four seconds to play as he took a handoff from Brandon Vega and elevated immediately as the basket gave the Eagles a 42-34 advantage at the break.
Winthrop shot 46 percent in the first half as it started off the game 6-for-10 from the field. The Eagles were on the mark from three as they were 7-for-11. The game was tied at 29-29 with 4:04 left in the half when the Eagles outscored the Blue Hose 13-5 the rest of the way to build its lead at the break. The run started with three free throws by Johnson, which were followed by a Farmer three.
The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 5 at noon when they face Liberty (5th seed North Division) in the opening game of the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men's Basketball Championship at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
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