Pirates Clip Clayton State PLUS Feature on Hanna Bognar

Pirates Clip Clayton State PLUS Feature on Hanna Bognar (Image 1)

Thursday night at Alumni Arena in Savannah the Armstrong Pirates fought back from a double-digit deficit to beat Clayton State 87-83 in Overtime.




Not long ago, the Armstrong Lady Pirates rode Hanna Bognar's triple-double to a win over Eckerd College.  It's the women's teams first-ever of sorts.



SAVANNAH, Ga. – Junior Kyle Callanan's
three-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining forced overtime where the Armstrong
Atlantic State University men's basketball team capped an improbable comeback
win, downing Clayton State 87-83 on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Pirates improve to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Peach Belt
Conference with the victory, while Clayton State (4-6, 0-3 PBC) suffers its
fifth loss in a row.

Armstrong took a 7-6 lead on a three-point play
by junior Emmanuel
 just over two minutes into the contest, but Clayton
State answered on the next possession on an Omari Murray bucket to retake the
lead, 8-7. It would be the last lead Armstrong would have until overtime.

Clayton State led by nine at the break, 45-36, but the
Pirates opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 45-43 with 18:45
left. The Lakers' Charles Shedrick answered with a basket to push the lead back
to double digits, starting a trend that would last most of the half. 

A free throw from senior Hichem
 cut the lead to one, 48-47, with 15:37 left but
on the next possession Shedrick would hit a three-pointer to push the lead back
to four. Armstrong again got within one, 54-53, on a Kelcey Walker three-pointer
with 13:37 left only to see Shedrick hit another three on the next possession,
pushing the lead back out to four.

Clayton State led by 10 at one point in the
second half, and looked to have the game clinched with 13.6 seconds left as a
free throw by Kelsey Terry put the Lakers up 77-71. Senior Eric Eversley banked
in a three-pointer from the top of the key with seven seconds left to make the
score 77-74 and, after a quick time-out by the Pirates, Clayton State's
inbounds pass grazed off the fingertips of Sirdarius Henry out of bounds to
give the ball back to Armstrong.

Callanan took the out-of-bounds pass at the top of the key
and drained the game-tying three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to send the game
into overtime all knotted up at 77-all.

Benayad-Cherif made the first basket of overtime
and Tiluscar added a three-point play to put the Pirates up five, 82-77, with
2:46 left in the extra period. A steal and a breakaway dunk by Shedrick brought
the Lakers back within three, but Tiluscar would add a free throw and Montel Baines'
basket with 55 seconds left would clinch the victory.

“It looked grim there for a minute,” Armstrong head
coach Evans Davis said. “But our guys pushed through and made it happen. I
think we had a size advantage tonight and at halftime I re-emphasized getting
the ball inside. We kept on pushing, kept on believing and it paid off for

Armstrong placed five players in double figures, led by Eric
Eversley's double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Callanan had 17 points
and nine assists on the day, while Tiluscar finished with 13 points and Baines
and Benayad-Cherif each chipped in 11 points. 

Clayton State was led by Shedrick's season-high 29 points as
well as Omari Murray's double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds off the
bench. Sirdarius Henry added 14 points as well.

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 11th,
traveling to Florence, S.C., for a 3:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference matchup
against Francis Marion.



SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 7-ranked Clayton State University women's
basketball team held off a second-half charge from host Armstrong Atlantic
State University to notch a 77-67 Peach Belt Conference victory on Thursday
evening at Alumni Arena.

The Lakers (8-2, 3-0 PBC) held the Pirates (6-3, 1-2 PBC) to
just 32.9 percent shooting from the floor in picking up the victory in both
teams' first game of the 2014 calendar year.

Clayton State jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the
game's first three minutes and 15 seconds, but the Pirates climbed back to
within seven points, 32-25, on a basket by senior Bryonna Davis with
two minutes left in the half. Armstrong would not get another point before the break
as a Tiayra Green jumper pushed the Lakers' lead to nine, 34-25, at halftime.

The Lakers would hold the Pirates off the scoreboard for
another four and a half minutes after the break, extending their lead to 42-27
on a Bena Hanyard basket three minutes into the second half. 

Armstrong would start a comeback midway through the second
half, eventually cutting the Clayton State lead to five on a pair of occasions
after trailing by 17 points at one point, but could not cut the deficit to a
single possession.

Davis would lead the Pirates on the evening with 18 points,
while Carlson would finish with 17 points – 15 points in the second half. 

Clayton State was led by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Bena
Hanyard as well as 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots by Shacamra
Jackson. Andrea Benford added 12 points as well.

“They used their length really well tonight,”
Armstrong head coach Fala Bullock said. “We played timid in the first half
and didn't get defensive stops and it forced us to struggle a little bit on

“This is a game of runs, and we did get on some runs [in
the second half]. We cut it, but I think we just ran out of steam at the

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 11th,
traveling to Florence, S.C., for a 1:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest
against Francis Marion.

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