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St. Aug Men Rip Pfeiffer 84-45 In Basketball Home Opener

Posted November 14, 2012

— Bolstered by the home crowd, Saint Augustine’s University recovered from a tough opening day loss to thump Pfeiffer University 84-45 in its home men’s basketball opener at packed Emery Gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. The 39-point win was the largest for the Falcons since a 34-point victory over Bluefield in November 2009.

The Falcons (1-1) were energetic from the outset in routing Pfeiffer (0-3), which is also nicknamed the Falcons. The key was the second half when St. Aug outscored its opponent 42-17. The Falcons limited Pfeiffer to 14.3 percent shooting while making 51.9 percent of its shots in the second stanza. The effort was a stark contrast from Saturday in a seven-point season opening loss to Virginia Intermont at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

“We didn’t play with a lot of energy [against Virginia Intermont] and we talked about that the last couple of days,” Head Coach Lonnie Blow, Jr. said. “We absolutely played a lot harder [against Pfeiffer] and I was proud of that.”

The Falcons were especially intense on defense. They converted 30 turnovers including 14 steals into 35 points and dominated the glass 54-29 for a 17-4 advantage in second chance points. It helped the Falcons blow the contest wide open after leading 42-28 at halftime.

Joel Kindred (Jr./Raleigh, N.C.) led all scorers with 23 points in a very balanced scoring attack. Nick Chamblee (Sr./Hampton, Va.) and Jordan Jones (So./Ahoskie, N.C.) each scored 11 points as every player who dressed out scored for St. Aug. By contrast, no Pfeiffer player scored in double figures.

The only area Blow harped on was turnovers. The Falcons threw the ball away 25 times but their defense prevented Pfeiffer from capitalizing on the miscues.

“We rushed some things, especially when we got a big lead,” Blow said. “But we played extremely hard.”

The victory was the first for Blow in his second go-round as St. Aug head coach. He previously coached St. Aug from 2008 to 2010, leading the Falcons to a CIAA title in the 2009-10 season. Right now, Blow is solely concentrating on his team improving each day.

“The main thing for us is how we play,” Blow said. “If we play at a high level, we give ourselves a chance. It is a long season, and hopefully, we can build on this game and get a little better.”

The Falcons return to action this weekend in the Catawba Classic in Salisbury, N.C. They face CIAA foe Chowan in a non-conference game Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Falcons meet Paine at 2 p.m. Both games will be played on the campus of Catawba College.

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  • Toddler10-21 Nov 15, 8:10 a.m.

    Kindred is playing some ball. Roll Falcons!

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Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14