MISENHEIMER, N.C. (AP) _ The next road trip for Pfeiffer College's basketball team could be its toughest.

David Brown, 23, who transferred to Pfeiffer after an impressive career at Baltimore Community College, was shot and killed during an argument at a stoplight in Baltimore last weekend. A friend was wounded in the shooting, and police are searching for suspects.

Instead of playing Coker College tonight, players and coaches for the Pfeiffer team will be taking a bus to Baltimore to attend Brown's funeral, scheduled for Thursday.

``It kind of has awakened everyone,'' said Julian Domenech, Pfeiffer sports information director. ``It's put everything in perspective.''

Brown was among the top-rated guards coming out of junior college in the nation, according to recruiting experts. However, instead of the nearly 40 minutes of playing time he was accustomed to, Brown was averaging 18 minutes and about 10 points per game.

He was hampered by a hand injury sustained in the preseason. Brown aggravated the injury and took a medical redshirt after three games.

``At first, it was tough. He was really having to adjust. When he got hurt, it definitely took a little bit,'' Domenech said, adding that Brown was beginning to accept the consequences of his injury.

Domenech said players found Brown's death hard to take. It might have been especially hard for Marlon Quillens and George Raikes, who also played at Baltimore Community College, although not with Brown.

``When they go to the funeral. it's really going to hit some of them,'' Domenech said. ``That's what the coaching staff is worried about.''

Brown and three friends were on their way to watch a Georgetown University basketball game at the USAir Arena in Landover last Saturday. Around 1:15 p.m., they apparently exchanged words with two men in a dark blue four-door sedan with North Carolina tags who drove up next to their tan 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum, police said.

The argument started when one of the men asked if another was looking at him, police reports said.

``It was just words at first,'' homicide Det. Carolyn Gillespie said.

Then, one of the men in the blue car fired four to five times, killing Brown. Wounded in the incident was Robert Frazier, also of Baltimore.