CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Despite putting four players in double digit scoring shooting 53% from the floor, Pfeiffer University couldn’t overcome 17 turnovers in an 89-78 loss at Queens in men’s basketball action on Saturday night. The Royals scored 23 points off of Falcon turnovers improving to 18-6 overall, 14-2 in Conference Carolinas play while the Falcons fall to 10-14, 8-8
Each team set the tone early with back-to-back threes as the first half saw 12 lead changes over the first 20 minutes. Both sides each had the largest leads in the first half at five beginning with the Falcons at the 9:03 mark as a Yuki Yamaguchi three put the visitors up 26-21.
Queens took their five-point advantage with 1:39 remaining in the half and carried it into the locker room 99 seconds later. A layup by Antonio Stabler put the hosts up five at the 1:39 mark while a pair of free throws by Reggie Hopkins secured the five-point lead at recess.
Stabler led all scorers with 15 points in the first half as the Falcons led in all three shooting categories. Pfeiffer shot 56% in the first half while the Royals shot an even 50%. Queens held the boards margin 19-14 while the Falcons committed 11 first half turnovers accounting for 15 of the 45 Royal points.
Pfeiffer managed to claw their way back through the first half of the final 20 minutes as a three pointer by Kyler Gregory tied the contest up at 56-56 with 12:36 to play. Queens would use a pair of 5-0 bursts with a triple from Reggie Hopkins and back-to-back baskets by Sam Johnson to control the final few minutes. Queens held the largest lead of the night with 51 seconds left before closing out the Falcons for good.
Hopkins led all scorers with 24 on the night followed by Antonio Stabler’s 19 and Brent Evans’ 11. Pfeiffer’s Eli Gillis led the Falcons off the bench with 17 points followed by Chris Woods’ 12. Gregory, along with Elijah Matthews, each finished with 11. As a team, Pfeiffer drained a dozen triples on the night with Queens used the boards to their advantage outrebounding the Falcons 39-25.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Tuesday traveling to Coker for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Cobras.