Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – In an offensive explosion, the Pfeiffer men's basketball team (3-0) remained unbeaten with a 123-107 victory over Averett (5-2) on Saturday evening inside Merner Gymnasium. Josh Calhoun scored a team-high 31 points in the victory and Brendan Jones dropped a career-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
While the offenses lit up the scoreboard, it was the Pfeiffer press that caused havoc. Averett, one of the best teams in the USA South, turned the ball over 37 times in 40 minutes and Pfeiffer turned those giveaways into 53 points on the other end. Calhoun had six steals on the night and Jones added three thefts.
Marcus Sawyers was ultra-efficient on the offensive end, scoring 15 points on 6-of-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Through the first three games of the season, Sawyers is shooting 77 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from long range.
In his return to the Pfeiffer lineup, sophomore Gabe Miller had five points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Eric Ambrosio (18 points) and Jevon Patton (16 points) combined for 34 points for the Falcons.
Pfeiffer shot a scorching 55.6 percent from the field in the game and went 15-for-31 (55.6 percent) from 3-point land.
With 5:19 left in the game, Ambrosio knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Falcons a 31 point advantage at 111-80. However, the Cougars would chip away at the lead and cut the deficit to 16 points with an 18-3 late run.
However, time ran out on the comeback bid for the Cougars who entered play with a 4-0 record against tough ODAC teams. Earlier in the season, the Cougars defeat No. 18 Guilford 82-69 in Greensboro.
Averett came out on the losing end of the score despite a monster performance from guard James Contreras Jr. who poured in 40 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field and 14-of-15 from the charity stripe. Vince Contreras added 25 points in the losing effort.
The Falcons return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Carolina Christian at 2 p.m.