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WSAV 3.2 (MyLC) televised the Armstrong men's game from Alumni Hall Thursday night. The women's game from Armstrong will be televised on MyLC (Channel 237 Comcast) Friday night at 8pm. Ken Slats and Chad Jackson call the action.
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Armstrong Atlantic Pirates fall to Flagler 81-67
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Flagler College men's basketball team hit 10 three-pointers en route to an 81-67 Peach Belt Conference victory over host Armstrong Atlantic State University on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.
The contest, televised live by WSAV as a part of the station's Blitz Basketball Series, saw the Saints (10-10, 4-9 PBC) notch their second win in a row while Armstrong (7-14, 4-10 PBC) suffered its sixth loss out of the last seven games. It was the first time that Armstrong basketball had been televised live from Alumni Arena since 2000.
Flagler opened up the contest by hitting six of its first eight shots from the floor, building an early 19-10 advantage in the game's first six minutes. Armstrong battled back to take a three-point lead, 29-26, with 5:15 remaining in the half but the Saints finished the half on a 17-5 run to take a 43-34 lead at the break. The Pirates' Kyle Callanan made a buzzer-beating three from just inside halfcourt to cut the halftime lead to single digits.
In the second half, back-to-back three-pointers by Kenny Bellinger II helped the Pirates winnow the lead to just seven, 59-52, with 10:16 left in the contest, but Flagler responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to build the lead back to double digits and go on to the victory.
Flagler finished the contest hitting 10-of-23 shots from beyond the arc (43.5 percent) and enjoyed a 21-9 edge in points off of turnovers.
Armstrong placed four players in double figures, led by 12 points apiece from Eric Eversley and Hichem Benayad-Cherif. Emmanuel Tiluscar notched 11 points and five steals while Darius Morales added 10 points and four blocked shots.
Flagler was led by Keith Matthews' double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Dennis Diaz pumped in 18 points. Jerrell Oxendine added 14 points and Adam Jones notched 12 points.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, February 8, traveling to No. 17-ranked USC Aiken for a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against the Pacers in Aiken, S.C.
Armstrong women defeat Flagler College 74-64
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Seniors Mauri Wells and Bryonna Davis each notched double-doubles as the Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball team won its fifth straight with a 74-64 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Flagler College on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.
With the win, the Pirates (14-6, 9-5 PBC) opened up a game and a half lead in the PBC East Division standings over the Saints (9-11, 7-6 PBC) as Flagler saw its three-game win streak come to a close.
Armstrong built a quick 17-7 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest as junior Amber Howell made her first six shots from the floor. The Pirates extended that lead to 17 points, 37-20, with one minutes remaining in the half, but Flagler finished the half on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 10 points, 37-27, at the break.
In the second half, Flagler would get to within six points, 39-33, on a Simone High basket just four minutes in but that would be as close as the Saints would get. Armstrong would use a 10-3 run to stretch the lead back to 15, 54-39, on a Davis three-pointer with 11:23 remaining and cruise to the victory.
Armstrong's current five-game win streak in Peach Belt play matches last year's regular season-ending five game win streak for the longest for the Pirates since 2003.
Howell would finish the night with 17 points for the Pirates on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor, while freshman Brigitta Barta also poured in 17 points. Wells notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Davis would collect her first double-double as a Pirate with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to go with five assists.
Shorty Spencer led Flagler on the night with a game-high 20 points, with Latesha Johnson added 10 points and three steals for the Saints.
Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, February 8, traveling to USC Aiken for a 5:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against the Pacers in Aiken, S.C.
Georgia Southern is outscored by 21 in the second half. Losing at Wofford 74-61
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Georgia Southern surrendered a 13-point second half advantage on Thursday night to drop a 74-61 decision to the Wofford Terriers in the final regular season league meeting between the programs. The Eagles were outscored 33-9 over the final 12:14 as the Terriers converted a 11-point deficit into a 13-point victory.
“Tonight we let mistakes on the offensive end hurt us on the defensive side of the court,” said Head Coach Mark Byington. “We played well for the first 26 minutes of the game and we will take some positives from that. We've got a short turnaround before Saturday's game at Elon so we're going to work on fixing some execution and toughness problems.”
Jelani Hewitt led the Eagles (11-13, 4-5 SoCon) with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field as he moves into a tie with Fernando Daniel for 33rd place all-time scoring with 1,095 career points. Curtis Diamond scored 10 points, all in the first half.
Defending SoCon Freshman of the Week Kyle Doyle had 10 points and eight rebounds. Angel Matias scored 11 points with nine rebounds, coming one board shy of his second career double-double.
Wofford (12-10, 7-3) was paced by a game-high 29 points from Karl Cochran who engineered the Terriers' comeback, making 4-of-10 on the night from downtown. Lee Skinner had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Spencer Collins also added 19 points to the cause for Wofford.
The Eagles earned their largest lead of the first half in the final minutes, extending the advantage to 10 points before posting an eight-point lead going into the halftime break.
The Terriers shot 64% in the second half, scoring 16-of-25 from the field in the final 20 minutes of the game. The Eagles held a 52-41 lead with 12:14 remaining, but was outscored 33-9 over the final minutes to fall behind.
Wofford tied the game with 7:08 remaining and made three-straight buckets from downtown to establish a lead that would not be touched.
GS continues on the road on Saturday night with a trip to face the Elon Phoenix. That game can be seen live on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. from Alumni Gym.