WILSON, N.C. - Host and #19 Barton College needed a fight on Monday night to take a 76-68 victory over visiting Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action in the Wilson Gym. The win pushes the Bulldogs to 12-2 overall, 7-1 in league play while sending the Falcons to 3-13, 1-8.
In the first half, Barton opened things up 21-2 run midway through the period. A David McNair tip-in would cut the lead down to 10 with 4:40 to play before the half, but steady pressure by the Bulldogs would lead to a 15-point, 42-27 lead at the break.
Pfeiffer would chip away in the second half getting the lead down to seven at the 11:49 mark of the second after a Jerod Wallace layup before an 8-1 Barton run stretch the lead back to 14 with 7:35 to play. Again, Pfeiffer would battle back trimming the lead down to seven once again, this time on three different occassions, the last with a pair of Wallace free throws with 2:49 remaining.
Montez Singleton would get the Falcons as close as they would get at six, 72-66, with a layup at the 1:17 mark. Singleton then committed a foul 12 seconds later leading to a pair of Gerald Boston free throws aiding in the eight-point win.
Josh Humphrey would lead all scorers on the night dropping 21 on the Bulldogs finishing a board shy of a double-double. AJ Clark would finish with 19 points for the second-straight game tying his career high. Boston was one of five Barton players in double-figures leading the way with 13. Pfeiffer outshot Barton 44% to 40% from the field but fell by a dozen in the rebound category 44-32.
Pfeiffer will now return home to take on Coker Thursday night inside the Merner Gym. Live stats/video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.