The PNC basketball team was throttled 95-47 Wednesday evening in Chicago to St. Xavier University, the 7th ranked team in the country. The Panthers fell to 6-23 overall and 4-20 following their final conference game of the year while the Cougars improved to 25-4 and 21-2.
St. Xavier proved from the outset why they are nationally recognized by jumping out to an early lead and a decisive 38-21 margin at the break.
The second half was more of the same as the Cougars clawed to a 57-26 edge for the final tally.
Cold shooting was the downfall for the Panthers once again as they shot a dismal 31% (19 of 61) for the game. PNC was off in both halves as they finished 8 of 30 in the first half and 11 of 31 in the second. The Panthers were 2 of 19 on three's, including 0 for 9 in the second half and made just 7 of 13 from the line.
St. Xavier finished a respectful 35 of 75 (47%) overall, 6 of 18 (33%) on three's and 19 of 26 (73%) at the line.
PNC committed 22 turnovers compared to the Cougars 12 and were outrebounded 53-38.
Freshman Logan Harpenau poured in a career high 10 points to lead the Panthers. Sophomore Nick Lafty also added 10 points while sophomore Demonte Dinkins contributed a career high 9 points. Freshman Cwon Terrell led PNC with 9 rebounds.
Brad Karp led St. Xavier with 20 points while Dominique Harvey added 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Anthony Grant chipped in with 12 points and a game high 6 assists and Shane Zachary concluded St. Xavier's double digit scorers with 12 points.
PNC wraps up regular season play on Saturday when they take on Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI at 6:30 in non-conference action.