Men's Basketball

2 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS & 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

St. Louis' big night not enough for King to top Pfeiffer

Photo: Robert Foster
Photo: Robert Foster

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – As anticipated, the rematch between King University and Pfeiffer University was high scoring, but the Tornado came out on the short end on Friday night. King mustered a late comeback on the road, but the Falcons held on to take the 114-111 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Pfeiffer 114, King 111
LOCATION: Merner Gym; Misenheimer, N.C.
RECORDS: King 10-10, 7-5 Conference Carolinas; Pfeiffer 17-3, 10-3 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Malcolm St. Louis started out hot and stayed that way throughout the contest, sparking a 7-0 Tornado run with an old fashioned three-point play early in the contest.
  • Following a triple he gave King a 10-5 lead with two more free throws.
  • However, Pfeiffer answered with a 17-4 run, including eight straight to open up a 22-14 advantage seven minutes into the contest.
  • The Falcons held the lead for nearly the rest of the first half, extending their lead to as many as 12 points before King started to work their way back.
  • The Tornado scored 10-of-13 points to pull within 43-40 following a Derick Pope jump shot with four minutes remaining in the first half.
  • C.J. Good made two free throws to even the score at 50-50 with 1:42 remaining in the half.
  • The Falcons answered with a pair of triples and Jordan Floyd beat the buzzer with a layup to make the halftime score 56-53 in favor of Pfeiffer.
  • A pair of free throws and a Floyd jump shot gave king a 57-56 lead early in the second half, but Pfeiffer answered with a 16-4 run to open up a 72-61 lead.
  • Pfeiffer extended their lead to 80-67 before King began to work their way back again.
  • Trailing 82-71, St. Louis started a 9-0 Tornado run with a dunk, and Good capped the spurt with a triple, pulling King within 82-80.
  • Nevertheless, the Falcons answered with another run, and extended their lead back to 103-88, their largest advantage of the game with 6:20 remaining.
  • Desean Enzor sparked the King offense with a triple, and Je'Don Young followed with a trifecta.
  • Trailing 105-94, King rolled off nine straight points, capped by another Young triple to pull within 105-13 with 3:41 remaining.
  • A pair of Noble Fahnbulleh free throws cut the King deficit to 112-11 with seven seconds remaining, but that was as close as King would get as Pfeiffer took the contest 114-111.
  • St. Louis scored 28 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the floor and 10-for12-shooting from the free throw line. He added 10 rebounds for the double-double.
  • Good followed with 20 points and Pope chipped in with 15 points.
  • Hunter LeVeau scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • A.J. Clark led six Pfeiffer scorers in double figures with 29 points, four rebounds and five assists.
  • Andrew Guerrero followed with 22 points while Josh Calhoun chipped in with 19 points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The double-double for St. Louis was his third of the season and first since he went for 13 points and 10 rebounds against Pfeiffer earlier this month. It also marks his fourth career double-double.
  • St. Louis set a career-high with 28 points, topping his previous hit of 15 points which he reached three times, the last coming on December 18 against UVa-Wise.

UP NEXT

  • King stays on the road to take on Belmont Abbey College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
  • Pfeiffer hosts Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
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