SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University junior Machala Raymonville hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Pirates a 73-72 Peach Belt Conference women's basketball victory over visiting UNC Pembroke on Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win halts a two-game losing streak for the Pirates, who improve to 9-17 overall and 5-12 in the Peach Belt Conference. UNC Pembroke falls to 15-9 overall and 10-7 in the PBC with the loss. Armstrong State will next host Francis Marion on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., which will be Senior Day for the Pirates.
With the score tied at 63-all with 11.2 seconds left in regulation, both teams had a chance to win it before overtime. Raymonville drove to the left side off an out-of-bounds play and missed a layup try with 4.2 seconds left. UNC Pembroke's Brandi Robinson secured the rebound and the Braves called a time out.
On the ensuing inbounds play, the Braves threw it to Nyla Allen on the right side of the basket, but she could not initially handle the pass. Allen ran it down in the right corner and threw up a turnaround three-pointer that missed the mark and the game went to the extra period.
In the extra frame, Robinson's layup with just over a minute left put the Braves up by one, 69-68, but sophomore Brianna Gipson's shot with 56 seconds left put the Pirates up by one, 70-69. The Pirates' Mercedes Jenkins collected a steal with 37 seconds left and the Braves then fouled Raymonville with 31 seconds left, but she missed both free throws to keep it a one-point game.
UNC Pembroke's Nyla Allen canned a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Braves up with 11 seconds left. On the inbounds play for the Pirates, Raymonville dribbled left, then put up the three over a double team that first caromed off the back iron, then dropped through for the game-winner.
Raymonville finished the night with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-5 from three-point range. Jenkins finished with 16 points as well for the Pirates.
Allen had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Braves, who also got 14 points off the bench from Blair Silliman and a season high-tying 11 points from Robinson.