MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team opened up its Peach Belt Conference schedule with a 69-64 win at Georgia College on Saturday afternoon in Milledgeville.
The Pirates improve to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in the PBC with the win, while Georgia College falls to 5-4 overall and 0-1 in the PBC. Armstrong State will be next in action on Monday, visiting Montevallo for an 8:30 p.m. ET PBC matchup against the Falcons in Montevallo, Ala.
Armstrong State got back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from junior KJ James, freshman Corey Tillery and junior Montrel Goldston to take a 13-7 lead five minutes into the first half. A 13-3 run over the next seven and a half minutes pushed the lead to 26-10, the Pirates' largest lead of the contest, and Armstrong State would eventually take an 11-point lead into halftime, 35-24.
In the second half, Georgia College closed within single digits on five occasions, getting to within two points on a Chaz Berry layup with 3:01 remaining, but James would answer with a layup, a steal and two free throws to push the lead back to six points, 64-58, with 1:16 left. The Pirates would then make five of six free throws in the final 20 seconds to clinch the victory.
A pair of Pirates notched double-doubles to lead the way as James notched 24 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field including 4-of-4 three-pointers, while junior Denzel Council notched 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Tillery finished the game with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 three-pointers.
Georgia College was led by Brice Booker's 23 points and Isaac Thomas' 10 points.
Armstrong State shot 42 percent from the floor (21-of-50) and 45 percent from three-point range (9-of-20) while hitting 75 percent from the free throw line (18-of-24). Georgia College shot just 35.3 percent from the floor (24-of-68) and 15.8 percent from three-point range (3-of-19), while hitting 65 percent from the free throw line (13-of-20).