SAINT LEO, Fla. - Senior guard Jamison Jeffers' three-point shot with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted the Armstrong State University men's basketball team to an 81-78 win at Saint Leo University on Tuesday evening for the Pirates' second straight win.
Armstrong State also evened up its record to 2-2 on the year with the win, while Saint Leo fell to 1-4 on the year. The Pirates return to action on Friday, participating in the Horne Holiday Classic in Greenwood, S.C., facing Livingstone at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Lander University.
Saint Leo held a slim one-point lead at the break, 40-39, but a three-pointer by junior Larry Spicer out of intermission quickly gave the Pirates the lead. The second half featured six ties and eight lead changes, as a Davon Payne free throw for the host Lions with 1:25 remaining tied the score up at 76-all.
With 14 seconds left on the clock, Jeffers - who had not notched a point all night while delivering five assists - canned a jumper to put the Pirates back in front, 78-76. The Lions quickly raced down the floor and Payne made a layup with four seconds left to tie the score up again at 78-all. That's when Jeffers brought the ball up the floor and canned the game-winning three-pointer from well beyond the arc to give the Pirates the win.
Junior Montrel Goldston led a quartet of Pirates on the night with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-8 three-pointers and 2-of-4 from the line in his best game so far this season as a Pirate. Redshirt freshman Corey Tillery notched 15 points, while juniors Denzel Council and KJ James each added 10 points apiece.
Saint Leo was led by Marcus Dewberry's 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-6 three-pointers and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. Payne and Necdet Gurkan each added 15 points, while Tyreece Brice chipped in 13 points.
The Pirates shot 47.1 percent from the floor (24-of-51), compared to Saint Leo's 45.5 percent (30-of-66). Armstrong State canned 10-of-23 three-pointers (43.5 percent) while Saint Leo made 10-of-22 three-pointers (45.5 precent). The Pirates enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line, hitting 23-of-27 free throws (85.2 percent) comparted to the Lions' 8-of-10 foul shots (80 percent).