SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team notched its first win of the season, downing the College of Coastal Georgia, 98-78, in its 2016-17 home opener on Wednesday at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates improved to 1-2 on the season while the Mariners fell to 1-3. Armstrong State returns to action on Tuesday, November 22nd, traveling to Saint Leo University for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Lions.
The NAIA foes from Brunswick, Ga., played Armstrong State close through the game's first 12 minutes, trailing by just five, 22-17, with 8:35 left until intermission. The Pirates embarked on a 23-8 run over the next five and a half minutes to take a 45-25 lead and cruise into the break with a 16-point advantage, 52-36.
The Pirates shot 51.3 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting 20-of-39 shots from the floor, and continued their hot shooting in the second half, making 50 percent of their shots (15-of-30) en route to the 20-point victory. Armstrong State also dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Mariners 43-26, with a 23-13 edge in offensive rebounds.
Armstrong State placed six players in double figures, led by junior KJ James' double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Denzel Council notched his third straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Kalen Clifton collected 13 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
Coastal Georgia finished the game hitting 49.2 percent of its shots (29-of-59) and placed three players in double figures, led by Haylen Washington's game-high 32 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-5 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Brandon Martin added 17 points and Mabor Gabriel chipped in 12 points.