Saints Hold Off TrojansDecember 12, 2012
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Anderson men’s basketball team opened a four-game road swing by dropping a 65-55 decision to Limestone in nonconference action Wednesday night at the Timken Center.
Playing the first of three games in four days, Anderson (6-2) forced 21 turnovers but suffered through its lowest shooting percentage of the season, as the Trojans had their win streak halted at six. Limestone improved to 5-2 on the season, as the Saints claimed their third consecutive win versus the Trojans in the first meeting between the two schools since the 2009-10 campaign, when both were members of Conference Carolinas.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, edging out to a double-digit advantage, 20-10, midway through the first half on a 3-pointer from guard Ryan Bogdan.
Limestone led 32-24 at the break and jumped out to its largest lead of the contest, 37-24, two minutes into the second stanza.
Trailing, 42-33, with less than 13 minutes remaining, the Trojans went on an 8-2 run to trim Limestone’s lead to just three, but the Saints countered with five unanswered points to regain an eight-point lead and the Trojans were unable to get closer.
Forward Bo Holston, who was hampered by early foul trouble, sparked the run with a pair of free throws and senior guard Denzail Jones added four of his game-high 30 points during the surge. Sophomore Chris Ross capped the surge with a layup.
Jones led all scorers with 30 points, while sophomore guard DJ McGowan netted six points. Junior Kyle Sledge chipped in five points and recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
Senior forward Charles Blue led three Saints in double figures with 24 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. Senior Joe Raga and junior PJ Foster tallied 10 points apiece, with Raga also collecting 10 rebounds.
The Trojans play their second game in two days by visiting Division I opponent College of Charleston on Thursday. The game is an exhibition contest for Anderson but not for the Cougars. Tip-off in Charleston is slated for 7 p.m.