Pirates Knock Off First-Place Jaguars, 86-79, On Wednesday

Pirates Knock Off First-Place Jaguars, 86-79, On Wednesday

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team knocked off first-place Augusta University, 86-79, on Wednesday evening in Peach Belt Conference action at Alumni Arena for its second straight win.

The Pirates improved to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in the PBC with the victory, while Augusta fell to 15-4 overall and 8-3 with the loss. Armstrong State returns to action on Saturday, traveling to UNC Pembroke for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Braves.

Redshirt freshman Corey Tillery knocked down 5-of-6 three-pointers in the first half to help Armstrong State build a one-point 39-38 lead at the break. In the second half, Augusta took a seven-point lead, 62-55, on a Tyvez Montroe three-pointer with 10:28 left.

The Pirates came back to tie the game and with five minutes remaining the score was knotted up at 71-all.

Tillery would hit three straight three-pointers in a minute and a half stretch to put the Pirates up 80-77 with 3:01 left, then after two free throws from the Jaguars' Keshun Sherrill, Tillery hit a layup to re-establish a three-point lead, 82-79, with two minutes left.

After a missed shot and a turnover by Monroe, Jamison Jeffers got a basket to put the Pirates up by five with 26 seconds left, then two free throws from Jeffers with 14 seconds left clinched the victory.

Tillery finished the contest hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field, including 10-of-13 three-pointers en route to a career-high 36 points. His 10 three-pointers were two off the school record of 12, set by Phil Clark in 1991, and just one of the PBC record for league-only games.

Junior Denzel Council added 18 points and seven rebounds, while junior KJ James collected 16 points. 

Augusta was led by Monroe's 24 points, 18 points from Sherrill, with Tamyrik Fields adding 12 points and Ben Ursich chipping in 10 points.