SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jasmine Herron's free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining capped an improbable comeback for the Armstrong Atlantic State women's basketball team as the Lady Pirates knocked off North Georgia, 63-62, on Wednesday evening in the home and Peach Belt Conference opener for AASU. The Pirate men completed the sweep with an 88-75 win over North Georgia.
The North Georgia Lady Saints opened the game on a 14-2 run and led throughout - 39 minutes and 59.8 seconds, to be exact. With the score tied at 62-all, the Lady Pirates (4-1, 1-0 PBC) inbounded the ball with 4.9 seconds left. Senior Jasmine Herron drove the length of the court and was fouled by Kiara Swanier with 0.2 seconds left. Herron made the first free throw, the first time AASU had led all night, to give the Lady Pirates the victory. AASU made up a seven-point deficit in the final 3:16, tying the game on Kaneetha Gordon's layup with 1:37 left.
Each team had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but Alandris Griffin missed a layup with 38 seconds left for the Lady Pirates, and the Lady Saints committed a shot clock violation with 4.9 seconds left, setting up the final play of the game.
Senior All-America Kaneetha Gordon led all players for the Lady Pirates with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Griffin recorded her second double-double in the last three games with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Lacey Willis added 10 points - all in the second half. North Georgia (4-1, 0-1 PBC) had just six players score on the night, but five reached double figures, led by Syretha Marble's 16 points and 14 rebounds.
The men's contest featured an active defensive night for the Pirates as AASU jumped out to a 37-22 halftime lead, holding the Saints to just 23.5 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, then cruised to the 13-point win. The Pirates (3-1, 1-0 PBC) led by as many as 25 in the second half and held North Georgia (2-3, 0-1 PBC) to just
3-of-21 beyond the arc for the game (14.3 percent).
Senior Jamaal Galloway led four Pirate players in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 4-of-9 three-pointers. T.T. Hall chipped in 18 points and Patrick Sanou added
15 points, while senior point guard William Kane notched a career-high
16 assists on the night.
Xavier Trice led all scorers for North Georgia with 23 points, while LaBrian Lyons added 18 points and Andre Morgan chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Saints finished the game shooting just 35.7 percent from the floor and the Pirates outrebounded the Saints 47-39.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, December 1, with a Peach Belt Conference road doubleheader at USC Aiken, beginning with the women's game at 5:30 p.m.