Harris Earns Top Honors

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State senior guard Tory Harris has been named the Peach Belt Conference's men's basketball Player of the Week, announced by conference officials on Monday. Harris earns the honor for the first time in his career and he is the first Pirate to earn the league's weekly honor this season.

Harris continued his penchant for big shots in his Pirate career, delivering the game-winning bucket with 10 seconds remaining to lift AASU to a 60-59 win over No. 25-ranked Eckerd on Friday in the 2006 Chatham Orthopedics Holiday Classic. Harris finished the night with 18 points and eight rebounds and his game-winner was his third in two seasons for AASU. Last year, Harris delivered buzzer-beating shots to defeat USC Upstate at home and GCSU in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.

The Lakeland, Fla., native followed up the performance with 14 points in AASU's come-from-behind 71-68 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday. Harris is averaging 14.6 points per game this season, ranking 11th in the Peach Belt, and he ranks fifth in the league in free throw percentage at 86.2 percent (25-of-29). As a team, the Pirates are 7-1, their best start since 2003-04.

Harris and the Pirates will next be in action in his hometown of Lakeland on Wednesday, December 20, as AASU visits Florida Southern for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with the Mocs.