Men's Basketball Closes Out Season With 101-86 Loss At Flagler

Men's Basketball Closes Out Season With 101-86 Loss At Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team wrapped up the 2016-17 regular season with a 101-86 Peach Belt Conference loss at Flagler College on Wednesday evening in St. Augustine, Fla. 

The Pirates were eliminated from PBC postseason contention during the game against the Saints when Lander defeated Georgia College, 80-71, in Greenwood. Armstrong State finishes the season at 11-17 overall and 6-13 in the PBC, while Flagler also sees its season come to a close at 10-16 overall and 4-15 in the PBC.

Armstrong State scored the first seven points of the contest in the first two minutes - the early run capped by a three-point basket from redshirt freshman Corey Tillery, his 92nd three-pointer of the season. That breaks the single-season Armstrong State three-point record that has stood for nearly 25 years - Phil Clark made 91 three-pointers during the 1991-92 season for the Pirates. 

The Pirates held a 31-27 lead with just over five minutes left in the half, but Flagler's Arnas Dautartas hit a three-pointer that sparked a 20-9 run for the rest of the half for the Saints, leading to a 47-40 lead at the break.

A Tillery three-pointer early in the second half would cut the Flagler lead to four, 51-47, but the Saints quickly re-established a nine-point lead on five straight points from Kessler Bell and Armstrong State would get no closer the rest of the way.

Four Pirates reached double figures on the night, led by Tillery's 28 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the floor. He finished 6-of-15 from beyond the arc, giving him 97 threes on the season. Freshman Kalen Clifton added 18 points, while junior Denzel Collins notched 16 points - and also wrote himself into the Pirate record book by making 8-of-8 free throws, giving him 180 on the season and breaking the old record of 176, set by Aric Miller in 2012-13. Senior Jamison Jeffers added 11 points and five assists.

Flagler was led by Vaughn McCall's 30 points, Jeffercy Jean's 27 points, Cortlin Davis' 18 points and Bell's 10 points.