CLINTON — The Citadel had not played Presbyterian College in basketball since 1982 and had not lost to the Blue Hose since 1956.
ESPN’s BracketBuster series brought the two foes together again Saturday night, and Presbyterian took advantage for a 68-65 win over the Bulldogs at the Templeton Center.
Khalid Mutakabbir scored 25 points for Presbyterian (8-21), while Mike Groselle scored 15 to lead the Bulldogs (7-20). The defeat gave The Citadel its third straight 20-loss season.
Marshall Harris hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to draw the Bulldogs to within 66-65. But Austin Anderson made two free throws for the Blue Hose with 10 seconds left, and the Bulldogs failed to get off a final shot.
The Citadel shot 52.6 percent for the game but committed 19 turnovers as Presbyterian snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.
P.J. Horgan scored 14 points, Harris 12 and Matt Van Scyoc 10 for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs erased a nine-point deficit to tie the game at 55 with 7:48 left. But the Blue Hose scored nine of the next 11 points, with Mutakabbir scoring seven for a 64-57 lead.
The Citadel shot a sizzling 58 percent in the first half, but trailed, 30-28, at the break, due largely to 12 turnovers. Those miscues helped Presbyterian take 10 more shots in the first half than did the Bulldogs.
Southern Conference teams went 2-2 in BracketBuster games, including 1-2 against the Big South. In addition to The Citadel’s loss to PC, College of Charleston lost, 55-52, to Gardner-Webb, and Western Carolina beat Coastal Carolina, 80-70.
Also in the BracketBuster, SoCon leader Davidson topped Montana, 93-87, in overtime.
The Bulldogs play their final home game of the season Thursday against Furman, a 78-61 loser to Georgia Southern on Saturday.
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