SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day with an 88-83 win over visiting Francis Marion University on Saturday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win keeps the Pirates (11-16, 6-12 PBC) in the hunt for a possible PBC Tournament berth with one game left in the season for ASU. Francis Marion is now tied with the Pirates at 11-16, 6-12 in the PBC, but Armstrong State has swept the season series from the Patriots and both teams are a game and a half behind Lander (7-10 in the PBC). The Pirates will play its final game of the regular season on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at Flagler.
Francis Marion used the duo of Detrek Browning and Brandon Parker to build a 39-27 lead late in the first half, but the Pirates scored the final seven points of the half to cut the lead at the break to just five, 43-38.
The Pirates worked back in the second half to tie the score at 77-all on freshman Corey Tillery's three-pointer with 3:25 to go - his record-tying 91st three-pointer of the season. A turnover by Browning on the next possession led to a three-point play by junior Denzel Council and a three-point Pirate lead.
Two free throws from freshman Kalen Clifton gave the Pirates a two-possession lead, 82-77, with two mintues left and the Pirates were able to hold off the Patriots the rest of the way for the win.
Clifton led all players on the night with 28 points 9-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 three-pointers and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Denzel Council added a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to go with seven assists, while KJ James added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Parker finished with 20 points for the Patriots, while Browning ended up with 18 points.