MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Down by 12 at the intermission and as many as 16 in the second half, Pfeiffer University put up a ferocious comeback that fell just short in the final half minute of play. Despite a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Woods, the Bulldogs took advantage of late miscues by the visitors and held on for a 112-109 victory over the Falcons on Wednesday night. Barton moves their record to 9-3 overall, now 5-0 in Conference Carolinas play. Pfeiffer dips down to 6-5, 2-3.
With 4:24 left in the second half, Woods’ basket tied the game at 93-93. That was just the second time, since three-all a minute and 15 seconds into the contest, that both teams were equal on the scoreboard. Barton held the slim advantage into the final minute of play when a Woods layup brought the Falcons to within one. After a pair of free throws by Jeff Pettiway and James Crowder, Pfeiffer found themselves again down one with 13 seconds remaining.
After Jaren Haley missed the back end of his two free throws, the Falcons ran the floor with a chance to tie inside the final 10 ticks. R.D. Dowdy followed up with a crucial steal, resulting in the 27th team turnover by the Falcons, to prevent any deadlock. A quick foul sent Dowdy to the line, up two, with a chance to seal it for the Bulldogs. After missing both attempts, Dowdy came up with his own rebound, eventually heading back to the line and helping the Bulldogs survive for the three point win.
Along with Woods, three other Falcons finished the night with double-digit scoring. Reggie Hollinger ended with 14 points, Crowder capped off at 13 while Davon Gilliard finalized at 10. Pfeiffer shot 58.1% from the field in the loss, ending up a critical minus nine in the turnover category.
Barton was paced by Gerald Boston’s 22 points, putting seven total players in double-figures. Boston finished one assist shy of a double-double, as did Eddie Kershaw with his 15 points and nine boards. The Bulldogs concluded the night shooting 56.7%.
The Falcons will look to bounce back on Saturday night facing Queens in their next Conference Carolinas contest. The initial jump will take place in Charlotte at 7:30 p.m.