Armstrong Gains Split in Hoops

Armstrong Gains Split in Hoops (Image 1)
Armstrong Gains Split in Hoops (Image 1)

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MEN'S RECAP FROM ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY:

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The UNC Pembroke men's basketball team surpassed the
century mark for a second straight time at Alumni Arena, taking home a 109-87
Peach Belt Conference victory over host Armstrong Atlantic State University on
Thursday evening.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Braves
(12-8, 3-7 PBC), while sending Armstrong (6-11, 3-7 PBC) to its third straight
defeat. Last season, UNC Pembroke notched a 107-98 win over the Pirates,
setting a new high for points at Alumni Arena by a non-Armstrong team.

The Braves bettered that this year by scoring 56 points in
the second half after closing out the first half on a 26-10 run to take a 53-37
advantage at halftime. UNC Pembroke shot better than 50 percent in each half
and finished the game hitting 41-of-75 shots from the floor (54.7 percent) as
well as 7-of-15 from three-point range (46.7 percent) as well as 20-of-26 from
the free throw line (76.9 percent).

Trailing by 16 points at the break, UNC Pembroke scored four
points to open up the half, but the Pirates went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead
to 13 points, 57-44, with 15:56 left in the contest. The Braves quickly
responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to reclaim the momentum
and go on to the victory.

The Braves' Quamain Rose hit for a career-high 36 points on
15-of-22 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-4 three-pointers and 4-of-4
from the free throw line. The 36 points tied North Florida's Jamaal Williams
for the most points at Alumni Arena by a non-Armstrong player as Williams
scored 36 against USC Aiken in the 1998 Peach Belt Conference Tournament first
round.

Alex Bradley and Ben Jacobs added 13 points apiece for the
Braves, while Keysheen Hinton chipped in 11 points.

Armstrong placed five players in double figures on
the night, led by senior Hichem
Benayad-Cherif
's 24 points, his fourth 20+ point
game this season and his first since Nov. 16. Junior Emmanuel
Tiluscar
 added 15 points while seniors Eric Eversley and Kenny Bellinger
II
, along with junior Kyle Callanan,
each chipped in 12 points.

The Pirates return to action on Saturday, January 25th,
hosting Montevallo in a Peach Belt Conference contest at 3:30 p.m. at Alumni
Arena. Armstrong will celebrate Military Appreciation Day with free t-shirts
and promotions for all current and former soldiers and their families.

 

 


 

WOMEN'S RECAP FROM ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY:

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's
basketball team shot 53 percent in the second half, erasing a two-point
halftime deficit and going on to a 72-56 Peach Belt Conference victory over
visiting UNC Pembroke on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Pirates (10-6, 5-5 PBC) improved to 5-1 on its home floor
this season while UNC Pembroke (6-11, 2-8 PBC) is still searching for its first
win away from home, falling to 0-6 this season on the road.

The Braves jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's
first minute and a half and Armstrong battled most of the half to make up the
deficit, tying the contest at 26-all on a basket by senior Bryonna Davis with
1:40 to go until the break. UNC Pembroke scored the last bucket of the half, a
jumper by Jonissa Monley, with 10 seconds left to take a 28-26 lead into
halftime.

Armstrong opened up the second half strong, making three
three-pointers – two from Davis – to take a 35-31 lead and the Pirates never
trailed afterwards, hitting 16-of-30 shots in the second half en route to the
victory.

“Breezy [Bryonna Davis] started hitting [in
the second half]; she's had a rough patch, but she's awoken the sleeping giant
and that's really great for us,” Armstrong head coach Fala Bullock said.
“When we hit shots outside we get to go one-on-one on the inside and BB [Brigitta Barta]
really did a good job of posting hard and getting great finishes, and she's
tough.”

Davis finished the night with 21 points to lead
all scorers, while Barta had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor – nine
of those 11 points coming in the second half. Junior Dee Hayward added
15 points and junior Amber Howell added
11 points.

UNC Pembroke was led by 14 poitns from Kamille Horne and 11
points from Kierra Haney.

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 25th, hosting
Montevallo in a 1:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Alumni Arena. The
Pirates will have Military Appreciation Day with free t-shirts and promotions
for all current and former soldiers and their families.

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