DUE WEST, S.C. - For the third consecutive game, the Pfeiffer men's basketball team (5-6, 2-4 CC) used a supreme defensive effort to defeat their opponent as they came away with a 50-45 victory over the Flying Fleet (4-7, 2-4). In Pfeiffer's three game winning streak, the Falcons have held each opponent under 31 percent shooting for the game including tonight's effort, as Erskine converted on 30.9 percent from the field.
AJ Clark was the offensive star for Pfeiffer, accounting for nearly half of his team's points. Clark poured in a game high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
In a defensive battle, Pfeiffer held the hosts to just 2-for-23 shooting from behind the arc and have held their past two opponents to 5-for-49 shooting from long range.
The Falcons trailed by one point with 2:05 remaining but outscored their opponents 8-2 down the stretch. Clark accounted for all eight of Pfeiffer's points in the final two minutes, including two free throws with 2:01 to play that gave Pfeiffer the lead for good. Clark also knocked down a jumper with 1:20 to go that gave Pfeiffer a 46-43 advantage but the Flying Fleet countered with a jumper by Arvel Awater with 1:04 in the game. Clark calmly sank two free throws to push the lead back to three points and Pfeiffer came up with a big stop on the defensive end to seal the victory.
Mike Smith added eight points for Pfeiffer and Mackly Bien-Aime tallied nine rebounds.
The win over Erskine was the first time Pfeiffer knocked off the Flying Fleet since an 83-74 home victory on Feb. 26, 2011.
DeShaun Hall led Erskine with 16 points and Ray Lock tallied 11 rebounds. Pfeiffer held a narrow 39-38 advantage on the boards and outscored the Flying Fleet's bench 19-9.The game was tied on four occasions and the lead changed five times in the hotly contested battle.
Tonight's outcome continued the trend of close games for Pfeiffer. Six of the Falcons 11 contests on the season have been decided by five points or less. Last night, Pfeiffer defeated Emmanuel 66-65 thanks to a missed free throw with 1.9 seconds to play.
The Falcons return to action on Jan. 10 with a trip to Mount Olive. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.