Men's Basketball Notches First Win, Downs Coastal Georgia 98-78

Men's Basketball Notches First Win, Downs Coastal Georgia 98-78

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.

Junior Larry Spicer added 12 points, while junior Demarcus Cunningham hit for 11 points and redshirt freshman Corey Tillery added 10 points. 

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.