Savannah, GA – The Armstrong Pirates hosted a Peach Belt Conference opponent, the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes on Monday night, January 18th. The lady pirates would blow a 20 point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but in the end would come out on top, 69-62 due to free throws. The men, on the other hand, had a thrilling game, going into triple overtime. The Pirates would get the victory, 106-100.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Armstrong State University women’s basketball team built a 24-point second-half lead and held on for a 69-62 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Georgia Southwestern State on Monday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win was the second in a row for the Pirates (11-7, 3-6 PBC), while Georgia Southwestern State fell to 7-9 overall and 1-8 in the PBC. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, hosting Lander University at 1:30 p.m. for Military Appreciation Day at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates opened up the game on a 20-4 run over the first seven minutes, but Georgia Southwestern battled back to close to within three points, 25-22, with 7:43 left in the second quarter. Armstrong State built that lead back to 19 points at halftime, 44-25.
In the third quarter, the Pirates scored the first four points to build a 24-point advantage, 49-25, on a B’Kiya Webb layup two minutes into the second half. Armstrong had a 22-point lead at the third quarter break, 56-34.
Georgia Southwestern scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter and closed the gap to four points, 66-62, on a free throw by Yvonna Dunkley, but three Tiara Baker free throws over the final 21 seconds sealed the win for the Pirates.
Junior Brigitta Barta led all scorers on the night for the Pirates with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor and 6-of-7 shooting from the free throw line. She passed Norma Faison (1,094) for ninth place on the Armstrong State all-time scoring chart, finishing the game with 1,101 career points. Every other Pirate who played got at least three points.
Aleah Holden’s double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds led the Hurricanes, while Dunkley finished with 13 points.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Back-to-back dunks by senior Herbert Graham and senior Shaquiell Mitchell in the final 23 seconds of triple overtime secured a thrilling 106-100 Peach Belt Conference win over visiting Georgia Southwestern State on Monday evening at Alumni Arena.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 6-10 overall and 4-5 in the Peach Belt Conference. Georgia Southwestern falls to 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the league. It was the longest game played by Armstrong State since falling in quadruple overtime, 90-87, in the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals at USC Aiken to the host Pacers.
With the Pirates holding a 102-100 lead in the third overtime, Jeffers fed Graham on the low block and Graham dunked with 22.1 seconds left to put Armstrong State up by four. A missed layup by Jure Guninja the other way for the Hurricanes turned into a fastbreak for Mitchell, who put in his own fastbreak dunk with 5.4 seconds left to clinch the win.
Armstrong State started out the contest on a 14-4 run and never trailed in regulation. The Pirates built a 38-32 lead at halftime and led by five points, 70-65, with 1:16 left in the second half. Georgia Southwestern’s Brandon Price made a layup with 1:02 left and then Jure Gunjina canned a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to send the game into the first overtime period.
In the first overtime period, Mitchell made a free throw to tie the game up at 79-all, then the Hurricanes’ Adam Thoseby missed a game-winning three at the buzzer to send it to a second overtime period.
The second overtime period had the Pirates leading by four late, 92-88, after two Nicholas Scott free throws with 22.4 seconds left. Brandon Price’s layup cut the gap to two, and two missed free throws gave the ball back to the Hurricanes. Guninja missed a three at the top of the key, but Price grabbed the offensive rebound in the paint and floated a shot back up and in as time expired to tie the game at 92-all and send the game to a third overtime period.
Coming into the contest, the Pirates were 2-6 in games decided by five points or less in 2015-16, while Georgia Southwestern was 5-1.
“It’s a great feeling, I got a resilient bunch,” Armstrong State head coach Evans Davis said. “We’ve been through some ups and downs this season and I know it comes with the territory, but I got a great bunch of guys. They work for me, my staff does a great job, and this is good for them. They won this game.”
Junior Jamison Jeffers paced four Pirates in double figures with 22 points on the night to go with his eight assists, while Graham finished with 21 points. Mitchell finished with 19 points while senior Shema Sabiiti notched a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Five Hurricanes finished the game in double figures, led by Gunjina’s 21 points and 12 rebounds. Adam Thoseby added 20 points while Damien Leonard collected 19 points. Chandler Thomas added 18 points off the bench while Price finished with 13 points.
Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, hosting Lander in a 3:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Alumni Arena. The Pirates will celebrate Military Appreciation Day with all tickets $1 and free t-shirts to the first 500 fans.