SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Savannah State University men's basketball team knocked down 20-of-44 three-pointers en route to a 123-108 exhibition victory over visiting Armstrong State University in the annual "Battle By The Marsh" between the two cross-town rivals on Monday evening at Tiger Arena.
The Tigers have now won six straight since the preseason exhibition series began in 2011-12 and this year's edition set series highs for total points and points scored for both teams. Prior to tonight, the last time Armstrong State had reached 100 points against an NCAA Division I opponent - regular season or exhibition - came on November 26, 1977, in a 109-107 loss to South Carolina State.
Savannah State opened up the contest by hitting five of its first six three-point shot attempts en route to a 21-8 lead over the first six minutes. The Tigers extended that lead to 21 points, 65-44, at the break and led by as many as 26 points, 79-53, five and a half minutes into the second half.
The Tigers finished the contest hitting 37-of-74 field goals for 50 percent, while shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range with their 20 treys. Armstrong State shot 40.4 percent from the floor (36-of-89) but hit just 10-of-33 three-pointers (30.3 percent).
Both teams were solid from the free throw line as SSU hit 29-of-36 foul shots (80.6 percent) and Armstrong State hit 26-of-36 shots (74.3 percent). The Pirates won the rebounding battle, outrebounding the Tigers 56-43.
Armstrong State placed four players in double figures, led by redshirt freshman Corey Tillery's 37 points on 12-of-24 shots from the floor and 9-of-18 shooting from three-point range. Senior Denzel Council collected a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while junior KJ James added a double-double of his own with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Montrel Goldston chipped in 12 points as well.
Savannah State placed seven players in double figures, led by Isaiah Felder's 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-9 three-pointers. Jahir Cabeza added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Joshua Floyd added 15 points, Troyce Manassa chipped in 14 points, Caey Wells added 13 points, Austin Dasent collected 11 points and Kelly added 10.
Armstrong State will open up the 2016-17 regular season on Friday, traveling to Queens University of Charlotte for an 8:00 p.m. matchup with the Royals in the PBC-SAC Challenge.