FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2-8-03

Men's College Basketball: AASU 65, Kennesaw State 61
Women's College Basketball: AASU 77, Kennesaw State 61

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Armstrong Atlantic State men's and women's basketball teams each rallied from halftime deficits to sweep a Peach Belt Conference basketball doubleheader from Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. The AASU men defeated the Owls, 65-61, while the AASU women knocked off the Lady Owls, 77-61.

AASU's men's team hit 53 percent of its shots in the first half, but still trailed at halftime, 32-28. But the Pirates (8-12, 7-6 PBC) opened the second half on a 20-6 run and held on for the four-point victory, the first for AASU this season against a team from the PBC's South Division. The Pirates led by 10 points with 2:57 remaining, 58-48, but Kennesaw State (18-6, 10-3 PBC) would not go away as they cut the Pirate lead to four on a Brandon Moore three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left. AASU inbounded and ran out the clock, however, to stretch its home winning streak over the Owls to six.

Junior Dave Pisarcik led all scorers with 17 points, while junior Daryl Williams added 16 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Junior Brian Bain added 15 points and senior Ian Jones chipped in 13 points off the bench as the Pirates scored over 60 points for the first time in their last seven games. Kennesaw State was led by Tommy Thompson's 16 points, Blake Coty's 14 points and 10 points and 13 rebounds from Reggie McCoy.

In the women's contest, Kennesaw State (12-9, 6-7 PBC) scored the first 12 points of the contest to take a quick lead on the Lady Pirates (18-3, 11-2), but AASU fought back to draw to within four at halftime, 32-28. After intermission, the Lady Pirates shot 56 percent from the floor and opened the half on a 13-2 run to take the lead, then held the Lady Owls to just 29 second-half points in picking up their fifth straight victory and their 12th straight home win, tying a school record. AASU won 12 straight at home during the 1981-82 season.

Junior Tishay Lewis led all players with 24 points and 11 rebounds, her fourth consecutive double-double for the Lady Pirates, while senior Zandrique Cason chipped in 15 points and junior Tasha Washington added 14 points. Junior Denisha Ferguson led the Lady Owls with 19 points in a game that featured the top two scorers in the Peach Belt Conference as both Lewis (18.5 ppg) and Ferguson (18.1 ppg) came into the contest as the only two players in the league averaging over 18 points a game. The Lady Pirates won the battle of the boards, 44-25, and forced 22 turnovers from the Lady Owls.

The AASU men's and women's teams are next in action on Wednesday, February 12 as they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to face the University of North Florida in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the women's contest.

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