SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lander University's JR Washington scored seven points in the second overtime period to lead the Bearcats to a 95-91 Peach Belt Conference men's basketball victory over host Armstrong State University on Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win gives the Bearcats (10-13, 7-7 PBC) a big leg up on the final playoff spot in the PBC East Division as Lander now leads Armstrong State (10-14, 5-10 PBC) by two and a half games with four to play. The Pirates return to action on Saturday, traveling to Augusta for a 3:30 p.m. PBC contest with the Jaguars.
The game went to overtime because Lander's Rahu Purdie canned a three-pointer with 42 seconds left in regulation that made the score 69-all. Armstrong State had two chances to win it at the end of regulation, but senior Jamison Jeffers missed a three-pointer with 25 seconds left and freshman Corey Tillery missed a three with four seconds left.
In the first overtime period, the Pirates had a four-point lead, 78-74, with 2:13 left thanks to a three-pointer from freshman Kalen Clifton. Lander battled back and took a three-point lead, 83-80, on a three by Washington with 34 seconds left. Clifton again hit a three, this time with 16 seconds left in the first overtime, to tie the game up at 83-all and send the game into the second overtime.
Washington scored seven of his game-high 27 points in the second overtime as Lander held the Pirates to just one field goal over the same stretch to pick up the win and avenge an earlier nine-point loss to Armstrong State back on January 21st.
Clifton and Tillery each scored 18 points to lead five Pirates in double figures. Junior Denzel Council added 17 points, while senior Denzel Collins collected 12 points and freshman Logan Ballard chipped in a season-high 11 points off the bench.
Washington's 27 points, 11-rebound, 7-assist, 6-steal performance led the Bearcats on the night. Jarryd Coleman added 17 points while Chris Tate chipped in 16 points.