MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Led by clutch free throws by Reggie Hollinger (Orlando, FL), Danny Smith (Baltimore, MD) and Elijah Matthews (Clinton, MD) in the final 88 seconds of action, Pfeiffer University scored a 100-89 victory over Barton College in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Wednesday night. The Falcons, who scored the game’s final 11 points, improve to 9-7 overall, 3-3 in league play, while the Bulldogs drop to 11-4, 3-2.
A Keith Manley (Greensboro, NC) dunk erased a temporary four-point lead for the Falcons that saw the contest tied for the 13th and final time of the night at 89-89 with 1:48 remaining. After an offensive board by Hollinger, the junior proceeded to the free throw line knocking down both attempts to give the Falcons a two-point advantage.
Smith would soon follow with a block on the defensive side of the floor before converting a three-point play on the opposite side extending the lead to five. From there, Pfeiffer went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to close out the contest with four coming from Matthews and a pair via Hollinger.
Earlier first half action saw Pfeiffer hold as much as a five-point lead while Barton found themselves up as much as seven. The Bulldogs used a layup from Manley to grab a 24-17 lead with 10:18 to play in the first while Pfeiffer went up four on three different occasions in the final 5:41.
Hollinger for the Falcons and Gerald Boston (Burlington, NC) each led their respective squads with 27 points on the night. Hollinger was one of five Falcons in double-figures followed by Smith’s 22 and KC Anuna’s (Nashville, TN) 20.
Both teams hardly missed on the night as the Falcons shot 54% in the win which included a 61% clip in the second half. Barton drained 43% of their shots in each half struggling from behind the arc going 9-of-30 compared to Pfeiffer’s 9-of-17. Barton held the advantage all night in boards although the Falcons cleaned up the glass better in the second 20 minutes for a final 40-38 mark. Both teams were even with eight steals and five blocks.
Pfeiffer now hits the road for a pair of league contests beginning Saturday at North Greenville. Tip time with the Crusaders is set for 4:00 p.m.