MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University men’s basketball set two different school records on Monday night in a 146-122 victory over Barton College inside the Merner Gym. The Falcons set new marks by scoring 77 second-half points while finishing the night with 146 total points. Jeff Pettiway (Edgewood, MD) led all scorers with 31 on 7-of-12 shooting from behind the arc along with a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. The Falcons move their record to 13-7 on the year, 9-5 in league play, while the Bulldogs fall to 11-9, 7-6.
The Falcons put six scorers in double-figures shooting 63% from the field draining 20 triples on the night. Just over five minutes into the first half, a Reggie Hollinger (Orlando, FL) dunk gave Pfeiffer a 20-19 as the scoring barrage began. Barton was equaled to the task as a Charles Gamble (Snow Hill, NC) layup at the halfway point of the period gave the visitors a 31-28 lead.
Pfeiffer would drain nine of those 20 threes in the first-half as James Morse (Arundel, ME) connected from long range at the 8:48 mark while Hollinger hit with 4:12 remaining to put the Falcons up four at 50-46. The Falcons went up 10 on another Pettiway three before James Crowder (High Point, NC) hit for three as Pfeiffer took a 69-61 halftime lead.
Thirty seconds into the second period, Pfeiffer found themselves on an 18-4 run with a Davon Gilliard (Charleston, SC) layup sending the Falcons up 22 at 87-65. Barton would slice the lead down to 13 on a Gerald Boston (Burlington, NC) three with 13:24 remaining, before creeping to within seven at 103-96 on another Boston triple. Pfeiffer crossed the century mark on a pair of Chris Woods (Thomasville, NC) free throws with 11:20 to play while the Bulldogs crossed at 9:52 on back-to-back Eddie Kershaw (Youngstown, OH) buckets.
In a game full of 59 combined fouls, Woods would bump the Falcons lead back to 20 with a pair of free throws with just under five minutes remaining, while Chase Miller (Fairfax, VA) put Pfeiffer into the 140 point range draining a long three with 95 seconds to play.
Pfeiffer shot 85% from the charity stripe going 34-of-40 while the Bulldogs shot 82% tossing in 31-of-38. The Falcons knocked down 57% of their long range shots in the highest offensive output in school history.
Along with Pettiway’s 31, Woods finished with 27, Crowder registered the double-double with 22 points and 12 boards, Gilliard had 19, Morse 14 and Hollinger 10. Barton put five scorers in double-digits led by Kershaw’s 24. Gamble finished with 23, Boston with 19, Jaren Haley (Woodbridge, VA) 18 and Greg Mammel (San Antonio, TX) 14.
Pfeiffer and Barton both return to action on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The Falcons will travel to Erskine while Barton tips at home with rival Mount Olive.