GREENWOOD, S.C. - All five starters reached double digits for the Armstrong State University men's basketball team as the Pirates knocked off Fayetteville State University, 75-64, on Saturday afternoon for its fourth straight win in Greenwood, S.C.
The Pirates (4-2) finish the Horne Holiday Classic with a perfect 2-0 mark after downing the Broncos, who fell to 3-4 on the season. Armstrong State returns to action on Thursday, December 1st, visiting Valdosta State University for an 8:00 p.m. matchup with the Blazers.
Armstrong State shot 50 percent from the floor in building a 33-30 lead at the break. The Pirates built a double-digit lead midway through the second half as a three-pointer by junior KJ James made the score 53-43 with 11:52 remaining. A layup by Fayetteville State's Josh Bryant cut the Pirate lead to four, 60-56, with 5:54 remaining, but the Pirates scored on four straight possessions - including two three-pointers from freshman Corey Tillery - to extend the lead back to double digits and close out the win.
James led the Pirates with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Senior Jamison Jeffers added 14 points and five assists, while junior Montrel Goldston chipped in 13 points. Tillery and junior Denzel Council each added 10 points apiece.
Fayetteville State was led by Michael Tyson's 20 points off the bench, while Josh Bryant added 10 points and Dont'e Reynolds added a game-high 11 rebounds.
Armstrong State finished the game shooting 48.3 percent from the floor (29-of-60) and hit 8-of-21 three-pointers for 38.1 percent. The Pirates made 9-of-12 free throws for 75 percent. Armstrong State also collected 20 assists with only five turnovers on the day.
Fayetteville State shot just 39.1 percent from the floor (27-of-69) and hit only 4-of-13 three-pointers (30.8 percent) as well as 6-of-10 free throws (60 percent). The Broncos won the rebounding battle, out-rebounding the Pirates 44-34, including a 19-9 edge on the offensive glass.
The four-game winning streak for the Pirates is the first since Armstrong State won four in a row from November 17-30, 2012.