Pfeiffer men beat Lees-McRae
by Staff Reports
MISENHEIMER --Mike Chambers posted his seventh 20-point game of the season, but Lees-McRae couldn't dig out of a nine-point half time deficit and dropped a 95-90 decision at Pfeiffer in Merner Gym.
Pfeiffer (5-15, 2-8 Conference Carolinas) saw Mike Smith go off for 25 points while the Falcons knocked down 10 3-pointers, including seven in the first half. The Bobcats (6-13, 1-8) fell despite shooting 52.6 percent in the second half while Chambers scored 24 points. He scored in double figures for the ninth consecutive game.
Pfeiffer jumped out to a 27-11 lead after Smith and David McNair scored consecutive buckets at the 11-minute mark. The Falcons would push their lead to 41-21 following a Smith triple.
The Bobcats responded with a 15-2 run. Chambers chipped in with five points during the run and Josh Gaither had four. Jacquise Moore capped off the run with a rim-rattling dunk with three minutes left in the first half.
Pfeiffer took a 49-40 lead into halftime.
The Falcons A.J. Clark would score seven of the team's first eight points of the second half while the home squad pushed the lead to 58-44, but Lees-McRae slowly chipped the lead down to 64-59 with a 10-2 run, and eventually took an 88-87 lead with 2:57 left in the game.
Both teams exchanged buckets, but an Ellwood three at the 1:43 mark gave Pfeiffer a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Falcons held Lees-McRae without a point over the last 1:55, while a pair of Clark free throws iced the game.
Smith led all scorers, while teammate Clark had 17 points for Pfeiffer. McNair nearly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.
Lees-McRae's Raul Tutton was a rebound short of a double-double and finished with 14 points. Chad Hicks finished with 11 points while the Bobcats struggled at the line by making 16-for-29.
The Bobcats look to rebound when they host Limestone at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Williams Gymnasium. This is a rescheduled game from Wed. Jan. 29.