MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Facing an 18-point deficit in the first half, the Pfeiffer men's basketball team (16-4) stormed back to defeat Huntingdon (8-13) by a final score of 112-102 on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons exploded for 66 second-half points to come away with the double-digit victory.
Brian Harper led the Falcons with 21 points and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. That performance from the charity stripe is just the third time in program history a player has made at least 12 free throws without a miss. Harper added seven rebounds in the game.
At the 10:46 mark of the first half, Josh Calhoun buried a 3-pointer that gave Pfeiffer a 25-17 advantage. However, the Falcons went ice cold and didn't score until Nolan Whitener made a free throw with 4:15 to play. Over that 6:31 span, Huntingdon scored 26 unanswered points to grab a 43-26 advantage.
The deficit grew to 18 points with 2:49 to play in the first half when Brandon McLean's layup gave the Hawks a 51-33 lead.
Pfeiffer would narrow the gap to 55-46 at the break but still had work to do in the final 20 minutes.
Pfeiffer was able to pull within five points on two different occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half but Huntingdon stretched the lead back out both times. Trailing 77-72, the defense sparked an 8-0 spurt that gave Pfeiffer a lead. Back-to-back steals by Jevon Patton and a block by Tyjarek Simmons led to baskets as Pfeiffer surged ahead 80-77.
The lead would bounce back-and-forth down the stretch until a Huntingdon three made it 92-92 with 3:56 to play. The Falcons would score seven straight points and 20 of the final 30 points to seal the come-from-behind victory.
Pfeiffer was tremendous from the free throw line in the win, shooting 36-of-41 (87.8 percent) on the day. Conversely, the Hawks went just 13-for-26 from the charity stripe and missed a lot of opportunities.
Huntingdon dominated the glass, holding a 56-40 advantage. However, the Falcons forced Huntingdon into 36 turnovers and converted those into 43 points.
Pfeiffer must travel to LaGrange for a 3 p.m. contest tomorrow afternoon.