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Clutch Free Throw Shooting Late Leads to 109-98 Win for Men's Basketball over Belmont Abbey

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MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Using 36 points from the charity stripe with 23 of those coming in the final 2:43, Pfeiffer University rolled past Belmont Abbey College with a season-high 109 points during a 109-98 victory in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball on Saturday night. The Falcons advance to 10-9 overall, 4-5 in league play while the Crusaders dip to 12-7, 6-3.

Midway through the second half, both teams saw their fifth and final tie game of the night at 69 with 9:54 remaining. Starting with a Danny Smith (Baltimore, MD) layup, Pfeiffer would explode out on a 15-0 run to grab an 84-69 lead with 3:44 to play. Elijah Matthews (Clinton, MD) and KC Anuna (Nashville, TN) would drain back-to-back three’s in the spurt while a three-point play from Smith got it to a 15-point advantage.

A pair of Darryl Durham (Atlanta, GA) free throws and jumper by Terrone Sheffey (Dallas, NC) cut the lead back down to 11 with 3:17 left until Jay Council (Camden, SC) got it down to 10 after a quick Smith lay in. After Council’s three at the 2:43 mark, the Falcons would not need another field goal knocking down their 23 shots from the line.

Earlier in the contest, Belmont Abbey would take as much as a six-point lead with 14:26 to play in the first half after a triple from Sheffey. After a layup by Reggie Hollinger (Orlando, FL) put the Falcons up as much as seven, 42-35, with 2:39 to go, a pair of Tyshawn Good (Jamaica, NY) free throws and final three-pointer with four ticks left cut the Pfeiffer lead down to 48-47 at the break.

On the night, Pfeiffer shot 54% from the field and 45% from behind the arc connecting on 13 triples. Hollinger posted a team-high 27 followed closely by Smith’s 2. Anuna and Matthews each put up 20-point nights as Anuna finished at 22 while Matthews concluded with 20.

Belmont Abbey was led by a career-high 28 from Sheffey shooting 47% as a team. Good would finish with 20 on the night as the visitors put five in double-figures. The Crusaders would hit on 11 three’s at a 48% clip and 19-of-23 from the free throw line. 

Pfeiffer gets back to action on Thursday hosting St. Andrews in an eastern division matchup at 7:30 p.m. Live stats and video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.

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