Men's Basketball Hands Methodist its First Home Loss of the Season

Men's Basketball Hands Methodist its First Home Loss of the Season

Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men's basketball team (12-2) snapped its brief two-game skid with an impressive 106-85 victory at Methodist (13-4) on Wednesday evening. Methodist entered play with a perfect 6-0 home record before the Falcons handed them their first loss inside the Riddle Center.

Six different Falcons scored in double digits in the victory, led once again by senior guard Josh Calhoun who poured in 20. Marcus Sawyers added 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

For much of the year, Pfeiffer's staples have been knocking down 3's and forcing turnovers and the script was the same tonight. The Falcons converted 14 triples and forced the Monarchs into 34 turnovers in the victory. Calhoun and Blake Smith each hit three from long range and three other players made two.

Eric Ambrosio finished with 13 points, while Brendan Jones, Smith and Brian Harper all added 10 points. Nolan Whitener paced the Falcons with 11 boards.

The hosts were led by 28 points from Troynell Reese who went 12-for-18 from the field and added eight boards. Davion Ayabarreno finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 boards.

Methodist held a 49-34 advantage but couldn't overcome the turnovers. Pfeiffer turned those 34 giveaways into 45 points on the other end, winning the points off turnover margin by 36. Despite being outrebounded, Pfeiffer led 17-10 in second-chance points.

At the break, the Falcons had a 45-33 lead but blew the game open with a 61-point second half. The Falcons hit 8 of their 14 threes in the final 20 minutes and shot 47.9 percent from the field. Harper had all 10 of his points in the second half.

Pfeiffer returns home this weekend where they are unbeaten at 7-0. On Saturday, the Falcons host N.C. Wesleyan and turn around to play Greensboro on Sunday. Both games tip at 2 p.m.