Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
DANVILLE, VA – For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Pfeiffer men's basketball team has won its first nine games of the season with a 109-77 victory over Averett (6-5) on Tuesday evening. The '03-'04 Falcons hold the record for most wins in a season with 31 so the current edition of Pfeiffer's basketball team is in elite company.
Josh Calhoun finished with 34 points, his fourth straight game with more than 30 points. Calhoun went 10-for-15 from the field and has not shot lower than 55 percent from the field in any of his last five contests. The senior also went 12-for-14 from the free throw line and added five rebounds and two steals.
Nolan Whitener had his best game in a Pfeiffer uniform as the junior had career-highs in points (11) and rebounds (17) for his first career double-double. In just 19 minutes of action, Jevon Patton added 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
For the sixth time this season, Pfeiffer shot better than 50 percent from the floor, knocking down 50.7 percent of their shots tonight. Despite hitting a season-low eight three's, the Falcons offense continued its historic scoring pace thanks to 31 made free throws.
Pfeiffer held a 48-36 edge on the glass and dominated in second chance points, outscoring the host Cougars 29-9.
Pfeiffer controlled the contest but Averett was able to remain within striking distance. With 12:53 to play, the Falcons held a 68-57 advantage but the Cougars ran out of steam as Pfeiffer went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 20. Over the final 6:46 of the contest, Pfeiffer outscored Averett 26-8 as the press wore down the Cougars.
Pfeiffer has won each of its last four games by more than 30 points.
The win over the Cougars completes the season sweep of Averett as Pfeiffer took the first meeting 123-107 in Misenheimer earlier this season.
Up next, Pfeiffer returns to Misenheimer for a 3-game home stand starting on Thursday night against Columbia International as the Falcons look to remain undefeated. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Merner Gym.