Falcons Come Up Short at Southern Wesleyan

Falcons Come Up Short at Southern Wesleyan

Box Score

CENTRAL, S.C. - Cameron Solomon poured in a game-high 29 points as Southern Wesleyan (6-19, 6-12 CC) swept the season series from Pfeiffer (13-11, 9-9) with a 85-76 victory on Wednesday night. The 85 points allowed were the most the Falcons allowed in a game that ended in regulation since giving up 86 to the Warriors on Dec. 6.

The loss sets up a big showdown with Lees-McRae on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside Merner Gym. The Falcons won the earlier season matchup and still have a chance to host the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal but currently sit one game behind the Bobcats. A win would go a long way toward Pfeiffer hosting a conference tournament game.

Mike Smith led the Falcons with 22 points and Mackly Bien-Aime had eight points and 12 rebounds. AJ Clark added 12 points.  

The Falcons started the first half cold, scoring just nine points in the first 10 minutes of the game. At the midway point of the first half, Southern Wesleyan held a 16-9 but the Falcons cut the lead to 22-18 on a layup from Smith. The Warriors extended the lead to 12 at 32-20 but the Falcons would close the half on 9-0 run over the last 3:46 and trailed 32-29 heading into the break. Pfeiffer hurt themselves at the line, shooting just 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the free throw line in the opening half. 

A layup by Bien-Aime gave the Falcons a 53-51 lead at the 10:17 mark but the Warriors would regain the lead with 9:49 to go and never look back. Solomon (18 pts) and Kenny Holmes (17) combined for 35 points in the second half as Southern Wesleyan shot 59.3 percent from the field and went 7-for-9 from beyond the arc.

For the game, Pfeiffer shot 42.4 percent from the field and hit just 4-of-15 from three point land. The Falcons also went just 16-for-26 from the charity stripe.

Southern Wesleyan shot 47.5 percent and went 10-of-21 from three.