BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- DJ Laster scored 24 points, making 10 of 14 shots, as Gardner-Webb edged past Presbyterian 61-53 Thursday night to remain perfect on its home floor.
David Efianayi added 16 points for Gardner-Webb (10-10, 5-2 Big South Conference), which has won eight in a row at home this season.
Davon Bell scored 16 and Reggie Dillard 13 for Presbyterian (8-12, 1-6). The Blue Hose had trailed by as many as 19 points early in the second half, but a Dillard drive and score cut the gap to just five, 58-53 with 1:29 to play.
Christian Turner and Efianayi made three of four from the foul line in the last 26 seconds as the Bulldogs held on.
Dillard and JC Younger each missed from 3 in the last 16 seconds and Gardner-Webb controlled the rebound in each instance.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.