MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University junior Chris Woods (Thomasville, NC) scored a game-high 30 points leading the Falcons to a 115-94 victory over the Washington Adventist Shock in men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon. Returning from a 36-day winter break, Pfeiffer put six scorers in double-figures with Jeff Pettiway (Edgewood, MD) posting a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. With the win, Pfeiffer improves to 5-2 on the season while the Shock fall to 2-8.
James Morse (Arundel, ME) scored five of his 11 points on the day just three minutes in as the Falcons found an early 14-7 lead. Athalie Rivera (Baltimore, MD) gave Pfeiffer its biggest lead of the half at 13 with a pair of free throws at the 14:33 mark. A Shock run started by Khalid Martin (Lanham, MD) and Branden Washington (Laurel, MD) brought back the visitors to within three at 29-26, before a three-ball by Antonio Ortega (Newport News, VA) cut the lead to one, 31-30. After a Woods layup, Ortega would connect on another long range shot to tie the contest at 33 all. Late Pettiway free throws helped Pfeiffer to a 53-50 lead at the break.
22 of Woods’ 30 came in the second half as Pfeiffer blasted off to an 11-point advantage just three and a half minutes in. Woods sparked the run with a layup and jumper which forced a Shock timeout. Rivera’s field goal at 11:24 gave the Falcons an 82-63 lead to help give the hosts a comfortable double-digit lead for good. Derrick Truesdale (Waxhaw, NC) connected on a three just past the halfway point of period two before Woods and senior James Crowder (High Point, NC) each scored late baskets in the 21-point win.
Behind Woods’ 30 and Crowder’s 16, Pettiway, Morse and Rivera each tallied 11 while Truesdale finished with 10. For the Shock, Ortega finished with a team-high 22 points leading five visitors in double-figures. Washington finished the day with 19, followed by Martin’s 15, Shane Brown’s (Columbia, MD) 13 and Desmin Wade’s (Forestville, MD) even dozen.
Pfeiffer held the advantage in points off the bench outscoring the Shock 41-26. The Falcons held the 30-12 advantage in points in turnovers. Washington Adventist outshot the Falcons total field goals and percentage from behind the three-point line, while the hosts had the better mark from the charity stripe.
Conference Carolinas play awaits the Falcons from here on out with a road contest at Mount Olive on Thursday night. Pfeiffer will return back home on Saturday, January 9th with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Belmont Abbey.