SSU Sweeps on the Court; Armstrong Falls

SSU Sweeps on the Court; Armstrong Falls (Image 1)

Savannah State men's and women's hoops teams provided a clean sweep over South Carolina State to close out the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Thursday night at Tiger arena in Savannah.


The Armstrong Pirates women's team bowed out of the Peach Belt Conference tournament by losing to Georgia College84-67.

Jyles Smith led the SSU Tigers with 19 points as the Tigers won 69-50.  Next up the MEAC Tournament starting Monday.  The Tigers finish the regular season 12-18 and 10-6 in the MEAC.

Ezinne Kalu led the SSU Lady Tigers with 17 points in a 60-51 win over South Carolina State.  17-13 overall and 10-6 in the Conference.



Pirates Fall To Bobcats, 84-67, In PBC Tournament


COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to pull away for an 84-67 Peach Belt Conference tournament quarterfinal win over the Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball squad on Thursday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center in Columbus, Ga.

The loss halts a 10-game win streak for the Pirates (19-7) and puts their postseason future in doubt as Armstrong, ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA Southeast Region rankings, must now await word of a possible at-large bid to be announced on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on Georgia College (17-10) plays on and will face the winner of USC Aiken and North Georgia in Saturday's PBC Tournament semifinal.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's first three minutes and maintained that lead until a layup from the Pirates' Dee Hayward broke a 25-all tie and put Armstrong up, 27-25, with 5:49 left in the first half. A three-point play by Brandi McKinney of the Bobcats on the very next possession put the Bobcats back in front, 28-27, and Georgia College extended that lead to seven points, 38-31, at the break.

Georgia College opened up a double-digit lead coming out of halftime by starting the second half on an 8-2 run and extended that lead to 15 points, 50-35, on an Enisha Donley basket with 14:19 remaining.

Armstrong battled back to within seven, 55-48, on a Brigitta Barta layup with 10:31 left, but the Bobcats embarked on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to take control of the contest, leading 8-50 with 6:32 left.

The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the floor in the contest (29-of-58), including hitting 6-of-13 three-pointers for 46.2 percent, while the Pirates shot just 37.9 percent from the floor (25-of-66), including hitting just 4-of-24 three-pointers (16.7 percent).

Enisha Donley led all scorers on the afternoon for the Bobcats with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Shanteona Keys poured in 22 points and Brandi McKinney added 15 points.

Barta led the Pirates on the day with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor, adding six rebounds. It was her 17th straight game in double figures for the PBC's Freshman of the Year. Senior Bryonna Davis added 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists while seniorTyler Carlson chipped in 14 points.

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