AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta University men's basketball shot 51.7 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers from visiting Armstrong State University in picking up an 88-76 Peach Belt Conference win on Saturday afternoon at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The win keeps the Jaguars atop the PBC East Division standings as Augusta improves to 19-6 overall and 12-5 in the league. Armstrong State falls to 10-15 overall and 5-11 in the league with the loss. The Pirates return to action on Wednesday, hosting UNC Pembroke at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and shot just 34.8 percent from the floor (8-of-23) as Augusta built a 40-30 lead at the break. Armstrong State would get to within seven in the second half, but Augusta shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half to come away with the 12-point win.
Junior Denzel Council led a trio of Pirates in double figures on the day with 23 points to go with nine rebounds. Freshman Kalen Clifton added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, while freshman Corey Tillery added 12 points.
Keshun Sherrill led the Jaguars with 22 points as five Augusta players reached double figures. Tyvez Monroe and Deane Williams had 12 points apiece, while Tamyrik Fields had 11 and Vlad Cobzaru added 10 points.
Coupled with Lander's loss to USC Aiken today, the Pirates remain 2 1/2 games out of the final PBC Tournament spot from the East Division with three games left to play.