SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team hit just three of its first 31 shots from the floor in the second half, helping Georgia Southwestern State University to an 83-72 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Pirates on Monday afternoon in Savannah.
The Hurricanes (5-10, 3-5 PBC) picked up the win to halt a two-game slide while Armstrong State (6-10, 1-6 PBC) remains winless in the new year with its fifth straight loss. The Pirates return to action on Wednesday, hosting USC Aiken at 7:30 p.m. in Peach Belt Conference action at Alumni Arena.
Georgia Southwestern State started off the contest by hitting six of its first seven shots from the floor to build an early 14-9 lead. The Hurricanes led by 11, 31-20, with seven and a half minutes remaining in the first half, but the Pirates battled back and got 11 straight points from senior Jamison Jeffers in an 11-5 run to close out the half and take a 44-40 edge into the break.
The Hurricanes started off the second half on a 10-2 run to reclaim control of the game and the Pirates had a nearly 10-minute stretch without a field goal, hitting just 3-of-31 shots from the floor and finishing the half shooting just 20 percent (7-of-35), including 2-of-17 from three-point range (11.8 percent).
Freshman Corey Tillery finished the game with 23 points for the Pirates, while Jeffers finished with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-2 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Georgia Southwestern placed four players in double figures, led by Brandon Price's 27 points and Cameron Dozier's 24 points. Cameron Clayton added 12 points and Rakeem Hicks chipped in 10 points.