Pirates Sink Mariners, 106-59, In Home Opener
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University men's basketball team ran past Coastal Georgia, 106-59, in the Pirates' 2011-12 home opener on Tuesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates (2-0) scored its most points in a game since a 125-43 win over Temple Baptist on Nov. 29, 2008, and Armstrong dished out 32 assists on its 36 baskets, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor (36-of-70) and making 14-of-30 three-pointers. Coastal Georgia (1-5), who dressed just seven for the contest, shot just 30.8 percent from the floor (20-of-65) and made just 4-of-16 shots from three-point range.
Armstrong scored the first 24 points of the contest, hitting seven of its first nine shots from the floor, that included three-pointers from Aric Miller, Mychal Horn and Grant Domsic. The Pirates hit seven threes en route to a 53-point first-half and a 26-point halftime advantage.
Miller led a quintet of Pirates in double figures for a second consecutive night, hitting 7-of-10 shots from the floor, 3-of-4 shots from three-point range and 5-of-6 shots from the foul line for a game-high 22 points. Vanlandingham added 19 points and a career-high nine assists, while Mychal Horn notched 16 points, Grant Domsic added 12 points and Austin Edens chipped in 10 points.
Coastal Georgia was led by Mike Manning's double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Reggie Burke added 11 points.
"It's always important, but not for just the first home win - we are just trying to get better tonight," Armstrong head coach Jeremy Luther said. "We knew that if we came out and played our game, then we should be able to take care of business."
"Tonight, you saw what was going to be our style. We go small, start four guards and a big and we're trying to run teams to death," Luther said. "We want to get out in transition and force that tempo because we're definitely not going to be bigger than other teams."
Armstrong will be next in action on Friday, November 25, traveling to Lakeland, Fla., for the Holiday Inn South Ledger Classic, hosted by Florida Southern. The Pirates face Elite 8 participant Minnesota State Mankato at 5:15 p.m.