Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- On his senior night, Josh Calhoun led the Pfeiffer men's basketball team (18-4) to a 111-101 victory over Methodist (16-8) on Wednesday night inside Merner Gym. Calhoun scored a game-high 32 points and added six assists and four steals.
Prior to the game, the Falcons honored Calhoun, Jevon Patton, Evan Fosha, Brandon Jones and Eric Ambrosio. With that group starting the game, Pfeiffer jumped out early and held a 27-10 advantage just eight minutes into the contest.
The Falcons would keep the momentum the rest of the half and head into the break with a comfortable 57-36 lead. However, the Monarchs would come storming all the way back and took an 87-84 lead with 7:59 left to play.
A big 3-pointer from Jones gave the Falcons the lead back at 92-91 with just under six minutes to play and Pfeiffer would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
The Monarchs rallied to cut the lead to 104-101 with one minute remaining but Jones slammed the door shut with another clutch triple.
Methodist shot 59 percent from the field but turned the ball over 33 times which led to 47 Pfeiffer points. Each team shot 26-for-33 from the free throw line on the night. Methodist held a 46-36 advantage on the glass.
Tonight marked the 19th time the Falcons scored over 100 points in a game, breaking the program record of 18.
The Monarchs were led by Bryan Rouse who erupted for 27 of his 30 points in the second half. Rouse missed just two shots in the second half before fouling out in the final moments. Jackson Whitley grabbed a game-high 11 boards.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday as they begin a stretch that sees them play three games in three days. The Falcons will travel to N.C. Wesleyan for a 2 p.m. contest.