Tillery's 34 Points Help Pirates Break Slide, Defeat Bearcats 87-78

Tillery's 34 Points Help Pirates Break Slide, Defeat Bearcats 87-78

GREENWOOD, S.C. - Armstrong State University freshman Corey Tillery's 34 points helped the Pirates halt a six-game slide with Saturday's 87-81 win over host Lander University at Horne Arena in Greenwood, S.C.

The Pirates improved to 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the Peach Belt Conference with the win, while Lander fell to 5-12 overall and 2-6 in the league. Armstrong State returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Augusta University at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.

Lander opened up a 33-26 lead with five minutes left in the first half, but the Pirates went on a 15-2 run over the next four and a half minutes to take the lead and head into the halftime break with a 41-38 advantage. Freshman Kalen Clifton hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor for 14 points to lead the Pirates at the break.

In the second half, Tillery took over, hitting 6-of-8 three-pointers and downing all six of his free throws for 24 points in the half en route to his season-high 34 points. As a team, the Pirates hit 9-of-14 three-pointers after halftime en route to the win. 

Tillery finished the game with 34 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. Clifton finished with 19 points, while junior KJ James, returning to action for the Pirates after missing the last three games, had 12 points off the bench. Junior Denzel Council added 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

The 34 points scored by Tillery were the most for an Armstrong State player since Emmanuel Tiluscar's 35 points at Flagler on Feb. 25, 2015. 

Lander placed six players in double figures, with three leading the way with 12 points each - Jarryd Coleman, JR Washington and TJ Knight. Telvin Gabriel had 11 points, while Clenzo Ross and Rahu Purdie each had 10 points.

Armstrong State finished the game shooting 53.4 percent from the floor as a team (31-of-58) and 13-of-22 from three-point range (59.1 percent), while hitting 12-of-19 free throws (63.2 percent). Lander shot 46.8 percent from the floor (29-of-62) but made just 7-of-20 three-pointers (35 percent) and hit 13-of-19 free throws (68.4 percent).