MISENHEIMER, NC - Freshman Mike Smith poured in a career-high 33 points, but the Pfeiffer men's basketball team (1-2) fell to St. Augustine's (2-0) by a final score of 106-87 in the Falcons home opener on Saturday night. Smith hit 13 of 24 shots from the field and went 7-for-9 at the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds and five assists in just his third career game. Smith scored 28 in Pfeiffer's 90-86 win over Catawba on Nov. 10.
AJ Clark added 21 points for Pfeiffer and Connor Dahn scored 13.
St. Augustine's shot a scorching 63 percent from the field, including a 20-for-29 (69 percent) performance in the second half. Amere May went 11 for 13 from the field and scored a game-high 36 points for the visitors. Joel Kindred added 23 points and nine boards for St. Augustine, who scored 108 points against Morris College in their season opener on Nov. 11.
Pfeiffer struggled from long range, only connecting on 5 of 25 attempts from the three point line, while St. Augustine's went 10-for-20 from behind the arc.
Pfeiffer stayed with St. Augustine's for most of the game, and led the first seven minutes of the contest. The first half featured five ties before St. Augustine's used a 9-0 run to take a 38-29 lead. Pfeiffer fought back and trailed by one, 45-44, going into the break. Smith and Clark each scored 14 first half points.
Pfeiffer couldn't keep up with St. Augustine's hot shooting in the second half as the visitors poured in 61 points in the game's final 20 minutes. Smith did his best to keep Pfeiffer close, scoring 19 in the half. However, May topped the Smith's performance, dropping 30 on 9-of-11 shooting.
Pfeiffer held a 37-36 edge in rebounds which is impressive considering St. Augustine's pulled down 76 boards in their season opener, 37 on the offensive end. Each team turned the ball over 12 times in the contest.
The Falcons return to action on Monday, Nov. 25 when they host Bluefield St. at 7:30 in Merner Gym.