Hurricanes' Second Half Surge Sinks Pirates, 82-63
AMERICUS, Ga. - Georgia Southwestern used a 15-0 run early in the second half to surge past the Armstrong Atlantic State University men's basketball squad in an 82-63 Peach Belt Conference victory on Saturday afternoon in Americus, Ga.
The preseason pick to win the Peach Belt Conference title, Georgia Southwestern (10-3, 1-3 PBC) picked up its first league win of the year, while Armstrong (7-9, 3-5 PBC) suffered its second straight defeat.
A foul-filled first half between both teams saw the Hurricanes lead by eight late, but a three-pointer by senior Keyshore Williams with just 21 seconds before intermission made the score 32-27 in favor of host Georgia Southwestern at halftime. Nine different players had two or more fouls between the two teams in the game's first half.
An Aric Miller three-pointer five minutes into the second half made the score 45-42, but Georgia Southwestern embarked on its game-clinching 15-0 run over the next five minutes, pushing the lead to 60-42. The Hurricanes would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way in cruising to the victory.
Williams led the Pirates on the afternoon with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, while junior DeVon Jones added 13 points. Senior Chris Vanlandingham chipped in 12 points, bringing him just nine points shy of 1,000 career points at Armstrong.
Georgia Southwestern was led by PBC Player of the Year Phillip Brown's 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Colin Slotter added 14 points and Milos Kleut chipped in 15 points off the bench.
The Hurricanes shot an outstanding 52.7 percent from the floor, making 29-of-55 shots, and enjoyed a hearty advantage at the free throw line by making 21-of-30 free throws. Armstrong shot 43.1 percent from the floor (25-of-58) but made just 5-of-14 free throws on the day.
Armstrong returns to action on Thursday, January 19, hosting nationally-ranked Montevallo in a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Alumni Arena.