Strong Second Half Sends Falcons Past Brevard, 82-74

Strong Second Half Sends Falcons Past Brevard, 82-74

Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men's basketball team (15-3) outscored Brevard (4-14) 49-30 in the second half to come away with an 82-74 victory inside Merner Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons went into the half trailing 44-33 but exploded in the final 20 minutes to grab win number 15 of the season.

Playing shorthanded, the Falcons were led by senior Jevon Patton who scored 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting and added five boards. Eric Ambrosio tallied 16 points and Brian Harper added 13 points and four assists.

The Tornados were led by Stevie Williams who dropped a game-high 20 points but also had 11 turnovers. Three other players scored 15 or more points for the visitors who almost shocked the Falcons but fell short.

Brevard shot a ridiculous 15-for-25 (60 percent) from the field in the first half and knocked down a staggering 10 3-pointers on 15 attempts. However, they wouldn't be able to keep that torrid pace in the second half, as Brevard shot just 34.6 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes and committed 15 turnovers.

Conversely, it was the Falcons who shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as Ambrioso scored all 16 of his points and missed just one shot. Patton had 15 of his 19 in the second stanza and Brendan Jones filled the stat sheet in the second half with three points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

For the game, Brevard held a narrow 32-30 advantage on the glass but Pfeiffer was +11 in turnover margin. Pfeiffer also dominated in the paint, outscoring Brevard 44-12 inside the lane.

It was the second straight game for the Falcons without leading scorer Josh Calhoun due to an injury. The Falcons are also without Marcus Sawyers who is completing an internship in Washington, D.C.

Pfeiffer doesn't have much time to recover as the Piedmont Lions come to the village tomorrow for a 3 p.m. matchup. Piedmont has won three straight heading into tomorrow's clash.