Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men's basketball team (5-0) used a record-breaking performance from Marcus Sawyers to defeat Greensboro (2-4) by a final score of 113-85 on Wednesday evening. Sawyers broke the program record for highest field goal percentage in a game with his 11-for-12 (91.6 percent) performance. Sawyers knocked down all four of his attempts from long range and topped the previous mark for the highest percentage of made field goals with a minimum of eight made shots. The record of 88.9 percent (8-of-9) was set by Jerod Wallace on Feb. 12, 2013, against Barton.
"Marcus had as dominant of a performance that we've had here in many years," said eighth-year Head Coach Jeremy Currier after the win. "I am so happy and proud of Marcus because he has worked so hard and his hard work is paying off."
Sawyers made all seven of his attempts in the first half and connected on his first 10 shots of the game. The only field goal attempt that Sawyers didn't convert came on a baseline out of bounds play with one second left on the shot clock. A lob pass was sent to Sawyers that he was forced to just tip toward the hoop as the shot clock expired and it rolled around the rim before coming out. He added a made bucket with 3:56 to go to complete the record-breaking night.
"First, I want to thank God for this accomplishment but it really comes from hard work and dedication," said Sawyers. "I came a long way with shooting and I'm making shots but it's the team that's finding me and creating long closeouts for me to make the easy shot or get me to the rim."
Sawyers continues to be one of the most efficient players in the nation as the guard is shooting a scorching 80.5 percent from the field (33-for-41) and 76.9 percent from long range (10-for-13). The Mount Airy, N.C. native scored his 29 points tonight in just 18 minutes of action as Pfeiffer continued to rotate subs in and wear down the opposition.
Teammate Josh Calhoun dropped 30 points tonight, one point shy of tying his career high. Calhoun was 10-for-18 from the field and 4-of-7 from three. The senior guard now ranks 23rd in program history with 1234 career points.
Pfeiffer has scored over 100 points in all five games this season and is now averaging 121.4 points per game. With tonight's 28-point victory, Pfeiffer is winning games by an average of 37.6 points.
The Falcons forced 34 turnovers on the night and held Greensboro to 39.1 percent shooting.
"I am very proud of our team and their effort on the defensive end," said Currier. "Greensboro has good guard play and for us to force 46 points in turnovers speaks to the effort of our players."
Pfeiffer has improved to 5-0 for the second straight season and will have an extended layoff during the Christmas break. The Falcons return to action on New Year's Eve with a 4 p.m. contest against William Peace inside Merner Gym.