ALBANY, Ga.- After recording a career-high 30 points against Georgia College on Dec. 3, Michael Green had another historic night. The sophomore guard tallied a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Albany State Golden Rams to an 85-81 victory over Edward Waters.
With the win, ASU improves to 4-4 overall. The Tigers fall to 4-6.
After playing a close game for most of the first half, Albany State began to pull away late in the stanza. A dunk by Randy McClure at the 2:29 mark gave the home team a 39-29 advantage. Brandon Hudson nailed a three-pointer to give ASU a 45-31 edge with 57 seconds left. The Golden Rams led 45-33 at halftime.
In the second half, the Golden Rams extended their lead with steady defense. A layup by JaDon Davis gave Albany State a huge 66-46 lead with 14:32 left to play. Another basket by McClure at the 13:11mark gave ASU its biggest advantage, 70-46, of the game.
However, Edward Waters was able to get back in the game when Albany State went cold from the field. Guard Trey Gosier scored eight points during a key run to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 79-78 with 2:01 left in regulation.
Green scored a basket to push the lead back to 81-78 with 56 seconds left. With 45 seconds remaining, EWC’s Charles-Eddie Smith hit a trey to tie the score at 81. Green was fouled on the home team’s next possession, and he connected on two free throws to give ASU an 83-81 lead with 25 seconds left.
Edward Waters had a chance to tie the game, but a turnover negated its opportunity. Tylen Walker’s two free throws with 11 seconds sealed the game.
Brandon Hudson led Albany State in scoring with 18 points. McClure recorded 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Devontay Ward overcame foul trouble to score 14 points, and Khaliq Hughes added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
The Golden Rams shot 31-of-64 (48.4%) from the field, 5-of-19 (26.3%) from three-point range and 18-of-23 (78.3%) from the free throw line.
Edward Waters was led by Oshey Washington’s game-high 19 points and six rebounds. Gosier finished with 16 points and five rebounds, and Oceaan Maddox had 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Tigers shot 31-of-74 (41.9%) from the field, 8-of-18 (44.4%) from three-point range and 11-of-18 (61.1%) from the free throw line.
Albany State will return to action on Monday, Dec. 12 when it hosts Auburn-Montgomery University at ASU HPER Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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