SAVANNAH, Ga. — Sophomore Quamain Rose did what he could to help The University of North Carolina at Pembroke snap a six-game slide on Thursday.
The sophomore put up 19 first-half points and finished with a career-high 36 to help the Braves get a 109-87 road win at Armstrong Atlantic on Thursday.
The Braves (12-8, 3-7 PBC) outscored the Pirates (6-11, 3-7) in each half despite allowing Armstrong to take the opening lead. Armstrong tried to hold off UNCP’s offense, but Hinton put the Braves up for the remainder of the contest on a layup at the 10:25 mark in the first half.
Rose went 15-of-22 from the field en route to his career night. It’s the second-straight time that a UNCP player has scored 36 or more points in Alumni Arena. Former all-region standout Shahmel Brackett posted 37 points in Savannah last February.
Alex Bradley and Ben Jacobs each had 13 points and freshman Keysheen Hinton also logged double-digit points with 11 for UNCP. Bradley led the team with seven assists and big man Chris Lindsay carried a team-best six rebounds.
Armstrong’s Hichem Benayad-Cherif put up 24 points during the contest and Emmanuel Tiluscar added 15 points. Kenny Bellinger II, Kyle Callanan and Eric Eversley had 12 points each.
UNCP women lose 3rd straight
A second-half surge from Armstrong led the Pirates to a 72-56 home win against the UNCP women’s basketball team on Thursday.
“We got off to a good start offensively, we were getting the ball to the post and we made some shots. We also played pretty solid defense in the first half. In the second half they just came out and shot the ball well, and we missed some easy shots,” said UNCP coach John Haskins. “We didn’t play well offensively, and they did. There were times we didn’t play well, but I thought we competed hard throughout the whole game.”
UNCP (6-11, 2-8) opened the night with a bucket from Kamille Horne that led to a 7-0 run and eventually got its biggest lead after Kierra Haney converted a three-point play to make it 19-10. Armstrong (10-6, 5-5) worked its way back into the game, tying the score at 26-26 less than two minutes before halftime, but a basket from Jonissa Monley with 10 seconds to go gave the Braves the lead at the break.
The Pirates came back by shooting 53.3 percent from the floor to outscore the Braves 46-28. Three-consecutive 3-point buckets gave Armstrong a 35-31 lead a little over a minute into the second half and the Pirates hung on to their lead until the final buzzer. Armstrong stretched its advantage to double-digits after a jump shot from Bryonna Davis at the 11:19 mark, and closed out the game on a jumper from Morgan Mitchell with seven seconds left on the clock.
Horne paced the Braves, going 5-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the perimeter, to total 14 points. UNCP got another 11 points from Haney and Katelyn Mitchell added nine points to the losing effort. Jazmine Kemp pulled down a game-best 10 boards and dished out four assists.
Armstrong relied on the brace of four double-figures scoring nights, including the 21-point performance of Bryonna Davis. Coming off the bench for the Pirates, Dee Hayward and Brigitta Barta tallied 15 points and 11 points, respectively. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Amber Howell with 11 points.