On senior night Khalid Mutakabbir came through with 25 points to lead the Presbyterian College men's basketball team to the 68-65 win over The Citadel in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster game held at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.
The Blue Hose improve to 2-2 in BracketBuster games and move to 8-21 overall. The Citadel drops to 7-20.
Mutakabbir and fellow senior Ryan Hargrave were honored in pre-game ceremonies as part of Senior Night.
With his team-leading 25 points, Mutakabbir became the school's Division I leading scorer, surpassing Al'Lonzo Coleman, with his 1,499 career points. He is now eighth all-time with 1,024, just behind Bret Jones, who played at PC from 1989-93 and totaled 1,583 points.
Leading The Citadel were Mike Groselle with 15 points and P.J. Horgan with 14. Both paced the team in rebounds with nine apiece as well.
PC shot 47.2%, while the Bulldogs shot 52.6%. The Citadel held the rebounding edge, 30-23, but had eight more turnovers, 19-11. PC was 14-of-21 from the line, while The Citadel was 21-of-32. Both teams had four three-pointers on the night.
After The Citadel built a seven-point lead, 13-6 at 11:55, to open the first half, PC exploded for 10 unanswered, highlighted by four from Mutakabbir, and took the three-point, 16-13 lead with 8:36 to go in the first half.
The game stayed within three points with both teams swapping the lead the next several minutes. Tied for the second time in a span of a minute, the Blue Hose and Bulldogs were knotted at 28-28, before a jumper by Austin Anderson at the 52 second mark gave PC the 30-28 lead at halftime.
The Blue Hose led by as much as nine in the second half, 46-37 at 13:20, before the Bulldogs staged a comeback, cutting the lead to three off an 8-2 run. It was short-lived as a three-pointer by Mutakabbir helped PC build back up seven-point lead, 55-48, with 10:08 on the clock.
Seven unanswered points by The Citadel gave the game its third tie at 55-55, with just 7:55 remaining. A free throw and jumper by Mutakabbir made it a five-point game again about 15 seconds later.
Both teams traded baskets down the stretch with the Bulldogs cutting the lead to two with 47 seconds left and to one with just 12 seconds remaining. Anderson came through at the end with two free throws with just nine seconds on the clock. The Citadel had the ball with a chance to try and tie but turned the ball over as time expired, giving PC the 68-65 win.