Falcons Dominate Barber Scotia in Opener; Break Program Record with 85 First Half Points

Josh Calhoun drives to the bucket - Photo by Sean Meyers
Josh Calhoun drives to the bucket - Photo by Sean Meyers

Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications

MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- The Pfeiffer men's basketball team (1-0) dominated Barber Scotia (3-3) in the season opener on Wednesday evening, beating the Sabers by a final score of 137-100 inside Merner Gymnasium. The Falcons scored 85 points in the first half, breaking the program record for most points in a half which was set in 2010 when Pfeiffer dropped 77 in a half against Barton. Pfeiffer also shattered the record for most steals in a game, recording 33 thefts. The previous record of 23 had stood since 1992. 

Five players scored in double figures for the Falcons led by senior guard Josh Calhoun who poured in 24 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Marcus Sawyers was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from long range en route to a career-high 18 points. Eric Ambrosio (17 points), Jevon Patton (15) and Blake Smith (11) also added double digit scoring. Point guard Brian Harper recorded six steals in the game and Craig Sabb added five. Harper added seven assists and no turnovers on the night. 

For the game, Pfeiffer shot 60.7 percent from the field and went 19-for-38 from long range. Pfeiffer had 70 points off Barber Scotia turnovers and had 79 bench points. 

The visitors were an impressive 20-for-21 from the free throw line and converted 14-of-32 from behind the arc. Berwin Bennett had a game-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting. 

However, the story of the game was the first half domination by the Falcons. Pfeiffer's press forced Barber Scotia to turn the ball over 33 times in the first 20 minutes. Harper had all six of his steals in the opening stanza as Pfeiffer went 33-for-50 from the field. In the final two minutes of the half, Pfeiffer scored 18 points and missed just one shot. 

Pfeiffer improves to 8-0 at home all-time against Barber Scotia and 17-2 overall against the Sabers. Pfeiffer has won 10 in a row in the series.

The Falcons return to action on Sunday when they travel to Concord for game two of the StatGeek Tipoff Classic against the Sabers. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.