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Pirates Clip Clayton State PLUS Feature on Hanna Bognar

Thursday night at Alumni Arena in Savannah the Armstrong Pirates fought back from a double-digit deficit to beat Clayton State 87-83 in Overtime.

 

CLICK ON THE VIDEO LINK TO SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS -PLUS- A FULL FEATURE ON HANNA BOGNAR, NETTING ARMSTRONG WOMEN'S FIRST-EVER TRIPLE-DOUBLE.

 

Not long ago, the Armstrong Lady Pirates rode Hanna Bognar's triple-double to a win over Eckerd College.  It's the women's teams first-ever of sorts.

 

RELEASE FROM ARMSTRONG ON GAMES THURSDAY NIGHT VS. CLAYTON STATE:

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Junior Kyle Callanan's three-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining forced overtime where the Armstrong Atlantic State University men's basketball team capped an improbable comeback win, downing Clayton State 87-83 on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Pirates improve to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Peach Belt Conference with the victory, while Clayton State (4-6, 0-3 PBC) suffers its fifth loss in a row.

Armstrong took a 7-6 lead on a three-point play by junior Emmanuel Tiluscar just over two minutes into the contest, but Clayton State answered on the next possession on an Omari Murray bucket to retake the lead, 8-7. It would be the last lead Armstrong would have until overtime.

Clayton State led by nine at the break, 45-36, but the Pirates opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 45-43 with 18:45 left. The Lakers' Charles Shedrick answered with a basket to push the lead back to double digits, starting a trend that would last most of the half. 

A free throw from senior Hichem Benayad-Cherif cut the lead to one, 48-47, with 15:37 left but on the next possession Shedrick would hit a three-pointer to push the lead back to four. Armstrong again got within one, 54-53, on a Kelcey Walker three-pointer with 13:37 left only to see Shedrick hit another three on the next possession, pushing the lead back out to four.

Clayton State led by 10 at one point in the second half, and looked to have the game clinched with 13.6 seconds left as a free throw by Kelsey Terry put the Lakers up 77-71. Senior Eric Eversley banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key with seven seconds left to make the score 77-74 and, after a quick time-out by the Pirates, Clayton State's inbounds pass grazed off the fingertips of Sirdarius Henry out of bounds to give the ball back to Armstrong.

Callanan took the out-of-bounds pass at the top of the key and drained the game-tying three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to send the game into overtime all knotted up at 77-all.

Benayad-Cherif made the first basket of overtime and Tiluscar added a three-point play to put the Pirates up five, 82-77, with 2:46 left in the extra period. A steal and a breakaway dunk by Shedrick brought the Lakers back within three, but Tiluscar would add a free throw and Montel Baines' basket with 55 seconds left would clinch the victory.

"It looked grim there for a minute," Armstrong head coach Evans Davis said. "But our guys pushed through and made it happen. I think we had a size advantage tonight and at halftime I re-emphasized getting the ball inside. We kept on pushing, kept on believing and it paid off for us."

Armstrong placed five players in double figures, led by Eric Eversley's double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Callanan had 17 points and nine assists on the day, while Tiluscar finished with 13 points and Baines and Benayad-Cherif each chipped in 11 points. 

Clayton State was led by Shedrick's season-high 29 points as well as Omari Murray's double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds off the bench. Sirdarius Henry added 14 points as well.

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 11th, traveling to Florence, S.C., for a 3:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference matchup against Francis Marion.

 

WOMEN'S RECAP:

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked Clayton State University women's basketball team held off a second-half charge from host Armstrong Atlantic State University to notch a 77-67 Peach Belt Conference victory on Thursday evening at Alumni Arena.

The Lakers (8-2, 3-0 PBC) held the Pirates (6-3, 1-2 PBC) to just 32.9 percent shooting from the floor in picking up the victory in both teams' first game of the 2014 calendar year.

Clayton State jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the game's first three minutes and 15 seconds, but the Pirates climbed back to within seven points, 32-25, on a basket by senior Bryonna Davis with two minutes left in the half. Armstrong would not get another point before the break as a Tiayra Green jumper pushed the Lakers' lead to nine, 34-25, at halftime.

The Lakers would hold the Pirates off the scoreboard for another four and a half minutes after the break, extending their lead to 42-27 on a Bena Hanyard basket three minutes into the second half. 

Armstrong would start a comeback midway through the second half, eventually cutting the Clayton State lead to five on a pair of occasions after trailing by 17 points at one point, but could not cut the deficit to a single possession.

Davis would lead the Pirates on the evening with 18 points, while Carlson would finish with 17 points - 15 points in the second half. 

Clayton State was led by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Bena Hanyard as well as 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots by Shacamra Jackson. Andrea Benford added 12 points as well.

"They used their length really well tonight," Armstrong head coach Fala Bullock said. "We played timid in the first half and didn't get defensive stops and it forced us to struggle a little bit on offense.

"This is a game of runs, and we did get on some runs [in the second half]. We cut it, but I think we just ran out of steam at the end."

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, January 11th, traveling to Florence, S.C., for a 1:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against Francis Marion.

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