|Falcons Fall to Limestone 97-91|
|Thursday, 08 February 2007|
Misenheimer, NC---Pfeiffer(13-8,7-7) lost a heartbreaking 97-91 decision to Limestone(15-5,10-3) in CVAC men's basketball action Thursday night. The Falcons, down 22 at halftime, made a furious comeback but fell just short. DeMario Grier scored 48 points to lead the Falcons who had two shots late to tie the game but both rimmed out. Andre Coleman led Limestone with 26.
Limestone came out on fire and quickly built an 11-3 lead. The lead grew to 20-9 with 15:14 to go.
A DeMario Grier three-pointer cut the Saint lead to 23-17 with seven minutes gone.
Two straight Limestone three-pointers gave them a 37-21 advantage with 6:52 to go until intermission.
The lead continued to grow and at halftime Limestone led 55-33.
DeMario Grier led Pfeiffer with 12 points in the half despite only playing eight minutes because of foul trouble. Limestone shot 11 of 16 from beyond the arc to build their twenty-two point advantage.
Second Half--Two Words: DEMARIO GRIER
In one of the great offensive displays in Pfeiffer history Grier scored 36 points in the second half to lead an incredible Falcon comeback. Grier shot 11 for 16 from the field, including 5 of 8 from "3" and 9 of 9 from the free throw line.
The Falcons came out attacking offensively and pressing defensively. The Saints were able to keep their 22 point lead for the first four minutes but then the Falcons started coming back.
Down 74-55 with 11:09 to go DeMario Grier led Pfeiffer on an amazing 14-1 run to cut the Saint lead to 6 at 75-69 with 7:21 left. Grier scored all 14 points of the run.
The Saints battled hard but Pfeiffer kept up their pressure defense and got a couple of good looks from beyond the arc to tie the game with a little over one minute remaining. Both shots just missed and Limestone hit their free throws and were able to hold on and win 97-91.
Grier led Pfeiffer with 48. Robert McGriff added 12 and Logan Call chipped in with 11. Five Saints scored in double figures led by Andre Coleman's 26.
Coach Davis said after the game, "It was my fault for not attacking in the first half. Nearly the whole team is sick or hurt and I thought we needed to conserve. We attacked the last twenty minutes and boy did we do it. Our team showed tremendous heart and character. Grier was unbelievable. He carried us offensively and is playing the best defense of his career right now. We were without Tavares Cooper(injured) and played most of the game without Craig Thomas(hurt) but our guys never quit."
Pfeiffer will host Coker at 7:30 pm on Saturday.