Winthrop Scores School Record 134 Points In Home Opener

Posted November 14, 2018 7:37 am | Filed under Featured, Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball
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ROCK HILL, SC— Winthrop men’s basketball placed seven players in double-figures as it captured its second win in a row with a 134-99 victory over Pfeiffer Tuesday evening. The 134 points broke the school record for a single-game, which had stood for 22 seasons.

WINTHROP (2-1, 0-0 BIG SOUTH) 
SCORING LEADERS

PFEIFFER (1-1)
SCORING LEADERS

  • Kyle Riddley (18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal)
  • Blake Smith (17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal)
  • Craig Sabb (15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals)

FIRST HALF

  • Eagles came out firing and jumped out to an 18-2 lead over the first four and a half minutes
  • Josh Ferguson started it off with a three while Adam Pickett squeezed in two threes in the middle of the run
  • Pickett’s back-to-back threes were the start of a 12-0 run
  • Pfeiffer cut the deficit back to single-digits with 13:48 left in the half as Blake Smith drilled a three to trail 20-11
  • The lead for the Eagles hovered around 11-14 points for awhile but over the final seven minutes the Eagles pushed their lead over 20 points and were up by 31 points by the break
  • Over the final seven minutes the Eagles nearly scored as many points as they did in the first 13, outscoring the Falcons 34-18 for a 73-42 halftime lead
  • The 73 points at the half were a school record for not only the most points in a first half, but any half
  • The Eagles hit 11 first half threes (61 percent) and were 65 percent from the floor
  • Pfeiffer shot 36 percent from the floor in the first half while connecting on seven triples

SECOND HALF

  • While the Eagles cooled off behind the arc in the second half, they continued to attack the basket and earned 18 trips to the foul line going 17-for-18
  • Both teams continued the high pace action offensively as the two teams combined for 118 points in the second half after combining for 115 (73 from the Eagles)
  • Freshman Micheal Anumba had the most points in the second half with 12 (the only Eagle in double-figures in the second half) as he finished with a game-high 19 points
  • The Eagles bench contributed 35 points in the second half highlighted by the walk-ons getting into the action
  • After earning official roster spots on Monday, Keyshawn Hunter, Avery Davis and Dreek Morgan had their names called to enter the contest
  • Davis came in and scored eight points with a rebound, and an assist in just under five minutes of action
  • Hunter scored 13 seconds after checking in and finished with three points and an assist while Morgan played two minutes with a rebound
  • Winthrop shot 54 percent in the second half while holding Pfeiffer to 32 percent
  • The Falcons did connect on 13 of their 20 threes in the game in the second half

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The two teams combined for 166 field goal attempts, 76 field goals made, 94 rebounds, 54 free throws and 35 made threes
  • Winthrop finished the game 27-of-30 from the foul line while the Falcons were 19-of-24 (14-for-14 in the second half)
  • Anumba led the Eagles in scoring and was 1-of-7 players in double-figures as he was joined by Adam Pickett (18), Kyle Zunic (14), Keondre Schumacher (13), Josh Ferguson (13), Nych Smith (13) and Bjorn Broman (10)
  • Winthrop received 61 points from its bench while the Falcons had 34 bench points
  • The Eagles had a big advantage in the paint, outscoring the Falcons 56-16
  • Eagles scored on 59.8% of their possessions while Pfeiffer scored on 38.6%

NOTABLES

  • The victory was the 680th in the history of the program
  • The 134 points broke school record set on Dec. 12, 1996 in a 130-33 win over Johnson & Wales
  • The 73 points in the first half broke the school mark of 71 set Nov. 29, 1985 vs. Morris (2nd half)
  • Schumacher check into the game with 2:37 left in the first half and didn’t show any signs of a player that hasn’t played a competitive game in over a year as he scored the last eight points of the half in a minute and 12 seconds and finished with a career-high 13 points
  • Anumba also set a career-high in points with 19 while Broman dished out a career-high eight assists
  • Zunic nabbed his first career double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and also dished out a career-best five assists
  • Winthrop has combined for 29 three-pointers in the last two games
  • This is the 8th the Eagles have reach 100 points in a game during Pat Kelsey‘s tenure

UP NEXT
The Eagles remain at home for another contest as they’ll be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 17 for Homecoming as they’ll face East Tennessee State at 2:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women’s team, who will play Newberry at 11:30 a.m.

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