MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Mackly Bien-Aime's free throw with 2.5 seconds left clinched a Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal victory for No. 4 seed Pfeiffer (16-11) over the No. 5 seeded Lees-McRae Bobcats (15-13) on Saturday night inside Merner Gym. Bien-Aime made the second of a two shot foul and Jacquise Moore's half court prayer went unanswered as the Falcons advance to the semifinals.
The Bobcats erased a seven point deficit with 3:04 to play and managed to tie the game at 75 with 35 seconds to play. Bien-Aime was fouled on his drive to the basket and his free throw gave him 10 points, his second highest total of the year.
Andrew Guerrero led the Falcons with 21 points and went 5-for-8 from long range. AJ Clark scored 19 points and added seven assists and four rebounds for the Falcons. Keith Jumper tallied eight points and seven rebounds and Mike Smith had seven points off the bench.
Sean Deniton had a game-high 24 points, including four three pointers for the Bobcats. Deniton added eight rebounds and four assists, while teammate Moore finished with 15 points.
Pfeiffer held Lees-McRae to 37.3 percent shooting for the game. On the offensive end, Pfeiffer shot 48.3 percent from the field, including a 60.0 percent clip in the second half. The Falcons held a 36-20 advantage in points in the paint and the Pfeiffer reserves outscored the Lees-McRae bench 34-16.
The Falcons led by as many as 11 in the second half thanks to some clutch long range shooting from Guerrero. At one point in the second half, Guerrero connected from long range on back-to-back possessions as the Falcons attempted to pull away. However, in the final 6:25, Lees-McRae used a 25-14 run to even the contest, setting the stage for Bien-Aime's winner.
The Falcons will advance to play at host and top-seed Mount Olive as the Trojans secured an 83-55 win over No. 8 seed Erskine. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon as the Falcons look to pull the upset.