SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Augusta University men's basketball team knocked down 12-of-14 free throws in the final minute and a half to hold off host Armstrong State University in a 92-87 Peach Belt Conference win on Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates fall to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in the league with the loss, while Augusta improves to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the league. Armstrong State is next in action on Saturday, visiting Georgia College for a 3:30 p.m. Peach Belt contest in Milledgeville.
Armstrong State shot the ball well in the first half, building a nine-point lead, 37-28, with 4:16 left to go until the break. Augusta, however, held the Pirates scoreless over the final two minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half en route to taking a 43-41 early in the second half.
The Jaguars would extend its early second half lead to seven points, 57-50, with 10:08 left, but Armstrong State would battle back to tie things at 61-all on a layup by freshman Kwei Lartey with 6:52 left.
A quick 10-3 run over the next three minutes would put the Jaguars back up, 71-64, with just under four minutes remaining and the Jaguars would clinch the contest at the free throw line, hitting 22-of-27 shots from the stripe in the second half - including 12-of-14 in the final two minutes.
Senior Shaquiell Mitchell led a quartet of Pirates in double figures on the night with 21 points to go with seven rebounds, while senior Shema Sabiiti added a career-high 16 points to go with eight rebounds. Senior Nicholas Scott added 12 points and senior Ethan Mackey chipped in 10 points.
Augusta placed three players in double figures, led by Keshun Sherrill's 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, including one three, and 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Tamyrik Fields pumped in 22 points while Keith Crump came off the bench to add 11 points.
(From Armstrong State Reports)