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Men's Basketball Can't Overcome Cold Shooting; Fall to North Greenville

Box Score

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men’s basketball team (4-11, 1-5 CC) fell to visiting North Greenville (9-5, 4-2 CC) by a final score of 89-72 on Wednesday evening. David McNair had his second straight double-double, leading Pfeiffer with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Mike Smith and AJ Clark had 19 and 18 respectively for the Falcons.

Phillip Brown (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Keith Johnson (13 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles for the Crusaders, who shot 55.6 percent from the field, including an even 60 percent in the second half. Brown did most of his damage in the second half, accounting for 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the final 20 minutes.

Five different Crusaders recorded double digit scoring, led by 23 from Chris Dean. The trio of Smith, Clark and McNair accounted for 59 of the team’s 72 points. Andrew Guerrero added nine on three made three pointers, and Silvere Aluko had four.

The Falcons led the battle on the boards, finishing with a 48-37 edge on the glass, and limited North Greenville to only three offensive rebounds.

Pfeiffer struggled to get going offensively, ending the game with a shooting percentage of 32.9, easily a season-low. In the first half, Pfeiffer went 12-for-41 (29.3 percent), but still trailed by only two points at the break, 38-36.

Two McNair free throws gave Pfeiffer a 52-48 lead with 14:05 left in the game, but North Greenville responded with a 15-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 63-52 lead. Pfeiffer was able to close the gap to eight with 4:01 to play, but was unable to pull any closer. The Crusaders ended the game on a 13-4 run to win by 17.

McNair was solid throughout the night. He scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half, and had 11 and eight in the second.

Pfeiffer will look to get back in the win column on Saturday night as they host Erskine at 7:30 p.m. The Flying Fleet currently sit in second place in the conference standings.

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