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Left to Right: Hakeem Winters (1); Josh Tolbert (14) and Chris Tyler (22) led Point in scoring in 108-80 loss at Armstrong St
Armstrong State University
Men's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 30, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Point University (2-13) trailed 54-41 at halftime, fell behind by 33 points late in the game and lost 108-80 to Armstrong State University (6-5), a member of the NCAA Division II, in Friday, Dec. 30 non-conference men's basketball action in Savannah, Georgia.  The Skyhawks have lost four consecutive contests.


Point fell behind 25-15 with 12:10 left in the first half but rallied to cut the lead to 33-30 with 7:48 remaining and trailed 41-37 with 4:36 to go.  Armstrong State closed the half with a 13-4 run and led 54-41 at halftime.  Guard Joshua Tolbert (SR/Mobile, AL) led the Skyhawks in the first half with 13 points and 3 three-pointers, guard Chris Tyler (JR/Bowral, Australia) scored nine points with 3 three-pointers, and forward Hakeem Winters (SO/Cartersville, GA) added eight first-half points.  Guard K.J. James led the Pirates with 10 first-half points.


Armstrong State made 20-of-33 shots (.606) in the first half, while Point made 14-of-30 (.467) with 9 three-pointers.  Both teams committed nine turnovers, but the Pirates dominated the boards, 24-7, including 10 offensive rebounds.


Armstrong State built its lead to 25 points, 80-55, with 12:50 remaining in the second half and claimed reached its widest advantage with 1:14 left, 108-75.  The Pirates committed just six second-half turnovers and made 19-of-42 field goals (.452) and 5-of-11 three-pointers (.455) in the final 20 minutes (.452), while Point committed nine turnovers and made just 9-of-33 shots (.273) and 2-of-14 three-pointers (.143).


Winters led all scorers in the game with a season-high 23 points with 2 three-pointers and 13-of-19 free throws, and also completed his first collegiate double-double with 13 rebounds, all in the second half.  Tolbert finished with 17 points, 3 three-pointers and five rebounds, and Tyler added 14 points with 4 three-pointers.  the contest with 14 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Forward Jay Shorts, Jr. (JR/Union Grove, GA) also finished in double-digit points with 11 and hit 2 three-pointers and passed off two assists.  Guard Makhai Eastmond (FR/Marietta, GA) contributed five points, all on free throws, four assists and two steals.


Six Armstrong State players scored 10 or more points.  Freshman guard Kalen Clifton and senior guard Kalen Clifton led the Pirates with 15 points each.  Clifton also grabbed seven rebounds, and Jeffers also hit 3 three-pointers and had eight assists, eight rebounds and two steals.  Junior forward Montrel Goldston scored 14 points and gathered six rebounds and blocked two shots, and junior forward Denzel Council added 13 points on 9-of-12 free throws and had six rebounds and two blocked shots.  Freshman guard Corey Tillery totaled 13 points, 3 three-pointers, two rebounds and five assists.   


Point made 23-of-63 field goals in the game (.365), 11-of-28 three-pointers (.393) and 23-of-37 free throws (.622) and committed 18 turnovers and stole the ball from the Pirates five times.  Armstrong State made 39-of-75 shots (.520), 8-of-19 three-pointers (.421), 22-of-27 free throws (.815), out-rebounded the Skyhawks, 50-35, and committed 15 turnovers and stole the ball from the Skyhawks seven times.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by Darryl Slack, Point continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Tuesday, Jan. 3 game at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., at 7:30 p.m., and returns home to play at Thursday, Jan. 5 game in West Point Park Gym, against Truett-McConnell University, at 7:30 p.m.