GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Armstrong State University men's basketball team picked up its third straight win with an 80-76 victory over Livingstone College at the Horne Holiday Classic on Friday afternoon in Greenwood, S.C.
The Pirates improve to 3-2 on the season with the win, while the Blue Bears fall to 1-2 on the year. Armstrong State will wrap up action in the Classic by facing Fayetteville State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Armstrong State shot 45.5 percent from the floor in the first half in building a 36-34 lead at the break. The Pirates stretched that lead to five points just two minutes into the second half, but Livingstone went on a 11-2 run to take a 47-43 lead with 15:13 left. The lead would change hands six times and there would be 10 ties over the next 12 minutes until a basket by junior Montrel Golston would put the Pirates up, 69-67, with 3:05 left.
Goldston and redshirt freshman Corey Tillery then made back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead to nine, 77-68, with 1:32 left. Livingstone would get to within three points in the final minute, but Armstrong State would make three of four free throws to seal the win.
The Pirates placed five players in double figures, led by Goldston's second straight 20+ output as he hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 three-pointers en route to 21 points. Juniors KJ James and Denzel Council each chipped in 14 points, while Tillery finished with 11 points and freshman Kalen Clifton added 10 points off the bench.
Livingstone was led by 17 points each from Eric Dortch-Jones and David Duncan, while Roger Ray added 14 points. Duncan's 12 rebounds led all players on the day.
Armstrong State finished the contest shooting 47 percent from the field (31-of-66) while Livingstone shot 44.3 percent (31-of-70). Each team made six three-pointers with the Pirates shooting 26.1 percent (6-of-23) and the Blue Bears shooting 46.2 percent (6-of-13). The Pirates hit 12-of-15 free throws (80 percent) while Livingstone made just 8-of-20 free throws (40 percent).