SAVANNAH, Ga. - North Georgia shot 54.4 percent from the field in picking up a 91-86 Peach Belt Conference men's basketball victory over host Armstrong State University on Friday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
The Nighthawks improve to 8-5 overall and 4-0 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State falls to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the league. The Pirates return to action on Monday, traveling to Columbus State for a 5:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against the Cougars.
North Georgia led by 10 points at the half, 53-43, and extended that lead to 16 points early in the first half, but Armstrong State fought back to tie the score at 79-all on a three-pointer by senior Denzel Collins with 3:43 left.
The Nighthawks retook the lead with 1:04 left on Shaquan Cantrell's dunk, but a three-pointer by freshman Corey Tillery gave the Pirates an 86-85 lead with 48 seconds left. On the next possession, Ephraim Tshimanga gave the Nighthawks the lead again on a layup with 35 seconds left, and North Georgia made four free throws in the final 11 seconds to secure the win.
Junior Denzel Council led a quartet of Pirates in double figures with 21 points, while Collins finished with a season-high 17 points. Tillery collected 13 points while junior Francisco Williams added 12 points.
Six players scored in double figures for the Nighthawks, led by Shaquan Cantrell's 16 points and nine rebounds. Ebo Smith scored 13 points, while Tyler Dominy, Ephraim Tshimanga and Roderick English added 11 points each. Duke Robinson chipped in 10 points.