MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Daniel Kuhl’s (Winter Springs, FL) baseline jumper with 3.6 seconds remaining erased an 18-point deficit for good as Pfeiffer University roared back for an 89-85 win over west division-leading King College in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Saturday night. The victory pushes the Falcons back to .500 at 12-12 overall, 6-8 in league play while the Tornado drop to 21-6, 13-2.
A free throw by King’s Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, FL) put the Tornado up 10, 68-58, with 11:37 to play in the second half as Pfeiffer couldn’t seem to get any closer than 10. A three-point play by KC Anuna (Nashville, TN) got the Falcons to within seven just 12 seconds later while a Tayron Gibson (Dumfries, VA) jumper cut it to five with 10:11 to go. After two more Piccinini free throws, a triple by Anuna sliced the King lead down to 72-68 as Pfeiffer got to within four for the first time since the 15:43 mark of the first.
Reggie Hollinger (Orlando, FL) got the contest to a one-possession game with his two converted free throws with 6:48 remaining before Piccinini drained a long-range three that pushed King back up five. Pfeiffer finally got even with the visitors at the 4:04 mark of the second as Gibson drained both free throws to tie it and put the Falcons up one at 78-77 giving them their first lead since 3-1 just 1:37 into the contest.
Brian Hewitt (Lexington, KY) would single-handedly keep King in it late with a jumper at the 2:22 mark that put the Tornado back up one and with 27 ticks left hitting a crucial three to square the contest at 85-85. Traveling the length of the court after Hewitt’s trey, Kuhl would come up with the heroics hitting his baseline jumper with 3.6 left to give Pfeiffer the lead for good.
Anuna led the Falcons with his 24 on the night as one of five Falcons in double-figures. Anuna shot 9-of-15 on the night ending at 60%. Piccinini led King and all scorers with 27 on 8-of-11 shooting (73%) knocking down seven three-pointers. The Tornado also shot a touch better than the Falcons hitting 48% while the hosts connected on 43%. Pfeiffer dominated the boards 41-28 while holding another huge advantage at the charity stripe draining 25-of-27 attempts while King hit on just 18-of-26.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Tuesday heading to Barton for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Bulldogs. Live stats and video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.