Men's Basketball Races Past Point, 108-80, On Friday

Men's Basketball Races Past Point, 108-80, On Friday

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team scored 54 points in each half to pick up a 108-80 victory over visiting Point University on Friday afternoon at Alumni Arena.

The 108 points scored were the most put up by the Pirates (6-5) at home in nearly five years as Armstrong State moved over .500 on the season. The Pirates scored 109 points in a 109-86 win over Mars Hill on Dec. 31, 2011. Point University, an NAIA school from West Point, Ga., fell to 2-13 on the season with the loss.

The Pirates built a 54-41 halftime lead thanks to a 13-4 run to end the first half over the final four and a half minutes. The Pirates hit 60.6 percent of their shots from the floor (20-of-33) and held a 24-7 edge on the glass, but Point kept it close by hitting 9-of-14 three-pointers (64.3 percent) in the first half.

Armstrong State opened the second half on an 8-1 run and never looked back, leading by as many as 33 points in the second half. The Pirates finished the contest hitting 39-of-75 shots from the floor (52 percent) and dished out 23 assists as a team. 

Six Pirates reached double digits on the day, including junior Jamison Jeffers, who registered 15 points, eight assists and eight rebounds to pace Armstrong State. Freshman Kalen Clifton added 15 points off the bench, while junior Montrel Goldston collected 14 points. Junior Denzel Council and freshman Corey Tillery each added 13 points while junior KJ James chipped in 10 points.

Point University placed four players in double figures, led by Hakeem Winters' game-high 23 points to go with 13 rebounds. Joshua Tolbert added 17 points, while Chris Tyler scored 14 points and Jay Shorts Jr. notched 11 points.

Armstrong State returns to action on Wednesday, January 4th, hosting Young Harris College in a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Alumni Arena.