CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Anderson (SC) University's Jeremy Bouton made one of two free throws with two seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 77-76 collegiate men's basketball victory over Armstrong State University on Saturday afternoon at the PBC-SAC Challenge, hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.
The Trojans improved to 1-1 on the season, while the Pirates fell to 0-2. Armstrong State will return to action on Wednesday, opening up its home season against Coastal Georgia on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Trailing by three with three and a half minutes left in the first half, the Pirates outscored the Trojans 11-4 to end the half and take a 38-34 lead heading into the break. Anderson (SC) opened the second half on a tear, scoring 17 of the next 21 points to take a 51-42 lead with 12:57 left.
The Trojans led by four, 76-72, with a minute when KJ James made a pair of free throws to bring the Pirates to within two. Anderson's Boulton missed the front end of a one-and-one and Jamison Jeffers answered with a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to tie the game up at 76-all.
Boulton then went to the line with two seconds left and made one of two free throws to give the Trojans the one-point lead, and a last-ditch shot by Denzel Council at the buzzer missed, giving Anderson (SC) the win.
Council finished the game with his second straight double-double for Armstrong State, scoring 21 points to go with 12 rebounds, while James finished with 19 points. Larry Spicer added 13 points for the Pirates.
Anderson (SC) was led by Randall Shaw's 20 points off the bench, while Carlos Dotson hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor en route to 18 points, to go with 16 rebounds. Lester Rochez also added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pirates shot 38.3 percent from the floor (23-of-60) and 26.1 percent from three-point range (6-of-23), while hitting 24-of-31 free throws for 77.4 percent. Anderson (SC) shot 26-of-70 from the floor for 37.1 percent, hitting 6-of-21 three-pointers for 28.6 percent and 19-of-26 free throws for 73.1 percent. The Trojans won the rebounding battle, 49-42.