FLORENCE, S.C. - Junior T.T. Hall's baseline jumper with 4.7 seconds remaining lifted the Armstrong Atlantic State men's basketball team to a 75-73 season-opening victory over Coker College in the Zaxby's PBC/Conference Carolinas Clazzic in Florence, S.C., on Friday evening.
The Pirates (1-0) jumped ahead early of the Cobras (0-1), taking a 15-5 lead in the game's first seven minutes, but Coker closed back to within three points on a layup by Stevie Evans with 6:51 left until intermission, putting the score at 25-22. AASU closed out the half strong, ending on a 9-2 run in the final 3:40 to take a 43-31 lead into the break.
Senior Jamaal Galloway had a perfect first half, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-of-3 on three-pointers for 11 points. The third three-pointer was the 200th for his career, becoming the first AASU player to reach 200 career threes.
After the half, the Pirates built its largest lead, 69-55, with 6:21 left, but Coker stormed back to tie the game, 73-73, on a three-pointer by Ryan Fulwood with 22.9 seconds remaining. With eight seconds left on the game clock, Hall took the ball at the top of the key, drove to his right, faked a pass then floated the shot to give the Pirates the two-point lead. A deflected inbounds pass left 2.9 seconds left on the clock for Coker to go the length of the floor, then a pass resulted in a long game-winning try by Fulwood just past halfcourt that fell short of the mark.
Galloway led the Pirates with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 three-pointers, while Patrick Sanou collected 15 points and nine rebounds. Hall finished the game with 13 points and Calvin Wilson notched 12 points and 7 steals. Fulwood led the Cobras with a game-high 21 points, including 7-of-9 three-pointers.