CENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas action in a final score of 101-90 on Tuesday evening.
Darius Sharpe led the Warriors with a solid 39 points. He was followed by Justice McCullough with 18 points and Jeremy Wert with 16. Southern Wesleyan posted a field goal percentage of 51.6% while holding Pfeiffer to 44.6%. De'Quan Weldon and Darrian Brown led the Warriors with six assists apiece.
McCullough posted a high of 21 rebounds in the loss. The Warriors made 49 rebounds as a team in the loss compared to the 31 rebounds made by Pfeiffer. Jeremy Wert had two blocks against the Falcons.
Weldon and Brown each had two steals apiece. The Warriors had 32 turnovers in the contest compared to Pfeiffer's 16.
Final: Pfeiffer 101, Southern Wesleyan 90
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-16/ CC 2-9), Pfeiffer (16-3/ CC 9-3)
Coach Wimphrie Says...
"I was very proud of the effort tonight. We knew they were a pressing team so we prepared to face their pressure for forty minutes. The game plan was to control the tempo and limit our mistakes. Unfortunately, these two areas hurt us tonight. Overall, I was happy with the effort and energy we brought tonight. Hopefully it will carry over into our next game."
How It Happened
The Falcons struck first in the game Tuesday night with a 3-pointer from Josh Calhoun. Darius Sharpe made a layup to put the Warriors on the board behind the Falcons 5-2. Southern Wesleyan tied it up at six on a jump shot by Justice McCullough, and then back-to-back layups by McCullough allowed the Warriors to take a 10-6 lead over Pfeiffer. The Warriors fought for the lead but the Falcons took it with another 3-pointer from Calhoun to lead 12-10. The Warriors continued to battle, making several free throws and layups from Sharpe and JT Noellert. However, the Falcons lead at half time 61-38.
The Warriors jumped out in the second half with layups from De'Quan Weldon and a layup, 3-pointer, and dunk from Darius Sharpe to bring it 61-47. The Falcons quickly responded and rallied to make the score 86-65. McCullough made a layup and jump shot to bring it to 88-69. The Falcons continued to fight to maintain their lead, but the Warriors countered shot-for-shot. With seconds left, Sharpe made a 3-pointer to bring the score to 99-87. The late rally was not enough for the Warriors, as the Falcons won the game 101-90
The Warriors will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on Friday, January 27 to take on Mount Olive at 7:30 p.m. They will remain home to take on Barton on Saturday, January 28 at 4 p.m.