RALEIGH — Peace lost the first home men’s basketball game in its history, falling 85-77 to Pitt Community College in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Hermann Center Tuesday night.
Peace (1-2) trailed 53-52 in the second half before Pitt went on an 8-0 run. But the Pacers battled back and kept the explosive Bulldogs from running away with it.
Antonio Hinnant and Tyquan Nolan tied had 15 points apiece and Blake Gilley and Nate Strother each had 10 points for Peace, which played without starter Russell Tatum, who was out sick.
Pitt (4-1) was led by guard JaQuan Blount who exploded for a game-high 33 points. He also had seven steals.
Peace’s Gaven Allen played a strong game in the post. His old-fashioned 3-point play with less than seven minutes to go pulled the Pacers to within 65-64, but Peace could never regain the lead.
The Pacers’ season continues Thursday night against county rival Wake Tech.
N.C. State: Women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper announced her 2012 recruiting class on Tuesday.
Harper received signed National Letters of Intent from guard Miah Spencer, of Decatur, Ga., and forward Jennifer Mathurin, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Spencer, a 5-foot-8 combo guard, was a second team all-state 3A selection as a junior after leading her team to a state championship.
Mathurin, a 6-foot-1 forward, is one of Canada’s top players in recent years. She has twice led her Quebec Provincial team to Bronze medal finishes at the Canadian National Championships.
Elon: Junior forward Lucas Troutman has been named the Southern Conference men’s player of the week.
The Belton, S.C., native averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as the Phoenix went 1-1 last week.
Troutman is tied for ninth in the conference in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He leads the league in blocked shots, averaging 2.8 per game. His 6.2 rebounds per game rank 11th in the league.
Raleigh Sports Club: The club will meet Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Highland United Methodist Church. Former East Carolina football coach and longtime college and NFL assistant coach Steve Logan will be the guest speaker.