MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Vatrick Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) scored a career and game high 34 points in an 80-75 loss to Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Wednesday night.
Pfeiffer had a slim five-point lead with 2:22 remaining in the second half after a pair of free throws from sophomore Josh Humphrey (Matthews, NC). Thompson then drained one of his five threes on the night to bring the Cobras within two with 71 seconds to go. Chris Woods (Thomasville, NC) then hit his first career three-point basket in a two-point game with 38 seconds to seal the five-point win.
Coker carried early and late leads in the first half only to see the Falcons’ Eli Gillis (Largo, Fla.) use a triple with five seconds left for a 39-38 lead at the intermission. Thompson teamed up with Tom Wright (Sydney, Australia) for 10 of the Cobras first 12 points. After a pair of Thompson free throws at the 15:32 mark of the first, Pfeiffer would bolt out on a 13-2 run to grab a nine point lead after six-straight points from Woods. Jeff Pettiway (Edgewood, Md.) and Yuki Yamaguchi (Tokyo, Japan) also contributed with triples in the 13-point sequence.
Trailing by four with 5:37 to play before the break, Coker’s Joselle Bracy (Ruby, S.C.) started a 14-2 run with a single free throw. A dunk from David Short (Darlington, S.C.) put the Cobras up seven, 38-31, with 1:44 remaining until the Falcons used an 8-0 run with another long range shot from Yamaguchi and the triple by Gillis to turn a seven-point deficit into a one-point halftime lead.
Thompson got the Cobras back to within one with a jumper 91 seconds into the second half, but another 13-2 run sent the Falcons back on top by double figures. Humphrey and Pettiway each had three-pointers in that stretch while Woods added four in front of a Davon Gilliard (Charleston, S.C.) dunk. Before the final 1:11, Thompson again carried the Cobras to a 65-63 game while Liam Kyle (Cleveland, Ohio) knocked down four-straight late free throws, but Woods would carry the Falcons down the stretch for the 80-75 victory.
Woods knocked down 33 points including 12 rebounds, while Humphrey was the only other Falcon in double-figures scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds registering the team’s second double-double of the night.
The Cobras were paced by Thompson’s 34 and Wright’s 14.
Coker held the team advantage in shooting percentage on the night 46-44, but Pfeiffer took control from long range and at the charity stripe. The Falcons dominated the boards 43-29 while the receiving 36 points off the bench. Coker did turn away nine Pfeiffer shots on the night.
Coker hits the hardwood again on Saturday, when they travel to Queens University of Charlotte to take on the Royals at 7:30 p.m.