Pirates Come Back from Loss Against USC Aiken to Take Down Lander

Pirates Come Back from Loss Against USC Aiken to Take Down Lander

Sarah Olin, Sports Editor

Armstrong Corey Tillery takes a three-point shot Wendesday, January 18th at the Alumni Arena against USC Aiken

USC Aiken Pacers down Armstrong Pirates 96-82 in the Peach Belt Conference match at Alumni Arena Wednesday night.

The Pacer’s senior Christian Nobles started hot with three straight three-pointers, followed by junior Austin Grimes’ pair of threes to take the lead by ten. Though the Pirates fought hard, taking the lead at 36-35 with under five minutes left in the first half, USC Aiken came back with a powerful finish to take the lead 48-40 to head into the break.

Armstrong freshman Corey Tillery cut the Pacer’s lead from 84-68 to seven by draining three straight three-pointers with 2:21 remaining in the second half. USC Aiken sealed the win by making 7 of 8 free throws in the final minutes of the game.

The men’s team came back from the loss with a victory over host Lander University on Saturday, defeating the Bearcats 87-81.

Lander started strong, taking the lead at 33-26 with five minutes left in the first half, until the Pirates came back with a 15-2 run to take the advantage 41-38 heading into the locker room. Freshman Kalen Clifton shot 6 of 8 from the floor to lead the Pirates at the end of the half.

Tiller stole the show in the second half, draining all of six free throws and 6 of 8 three pointers to reach his season high of 34 points, allowing the Pirates to take the win and end a six-game slump.

The Armstrong Pirates men’s basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday at 7:30pm to take on Augusta at the Alumni Arena.