The TFC Eagles played their road 5th game in 6 days on Tuesday night when the Eagles traveled Piedmont College (NCAA D3) for a non-conference game. On Monday night, the Eagles fell 86-76 to NCAA D1 Presbyterian College despite trailing by a single point with a 1:45 left in the game. Piedmont entered Tuesday’s game with a 1-1 record, mostly recently a 79-58 loss to Marietta (OH) College. Against the PC Lions, TFC held a second half lead but succumbed to tired legs down the stretch and fell 83-74.
TFC opened the game with a 10-0 in the first three minutes of action, and would extended its lead to 15-3 before the Lions settled into the game. Piedmont answered with a 9-5 run of its own to cut TFC’s lead to 20-12. Piedmont would go on another 9-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 23-22 with 6 minutes remaining in the first half. TFC and Piedmont ended the first half deadlocked at 31-31 with neither side being able to hold advantage in the game of momentum swings.
In the opening 20 minutes of action, TFC was 9-25 from the floor, including 3-8 from behind the arc. Conversely, PC was 3-15 from deep but 12-30 overall.
In the second half, both sides traded baskets and matched defensive intensity to the delight of a strong home student section and an equally vocal corp of TFC students who were provided transportation to the nearby venue.
With 13:45 left in the game, TFC held a slim 48-46 advantage. TFC’s lead would be erased by Piedmont’s three consecutive three pointers to take a 59-55 lead with 7:15 remaining. Piedmont’s sharp shooting and an electric dunk prohibited the weary Eagles from answering. Piedmont held a strong 73-65 lead as TFC opted to foul and exchange free throws for quick points. Piedmont closed the game from the line and handed TFC an 83-74 defeat.
Derek Westfall led all scorers with 27 points on 11-14 shooting. Westfall wrecked havoc in the paint all game and grabbed 9 boards, one shy of a double-double. Josh Barrett added 8 rebounds and 21 points, including 7-10 from the free throw line. Piedmont was led by Alton Honors II’s 20 points. Chase England helped to seal the game from the free throw line and finished with 19 points. Jessie Jenkins added 18 for the Lions.
TFC’s first home game of the season will be on Friday night as the Eagles welcome the Bruins of Piedmont International University to campus. The men’s 6:00 game will precede the Lady Eagles home game with Pensacola Christian College.