SPRINGFIELD, MA- L.D. Williams scored a career-high 33 points and seven Armor players scored in double figures, but the Erie BayHawks held on for a 123-117 overtime victory inside the MassMutual Center tonight.
The game featured 15 lead changes and 15 ties, as neither team was able to seize control during regulation. Despite Williams' career night, which also included a career-high 10 rebounds, the Armor were unable to extend their franchise-best win streak to five.
Lance Hurdle scored the first basket of the overtime period, but a pair of Mike Gerrity free throws and a B.J. Jenkins three-pointer gave the BayHawks a lead they would never relinquish.
Also scoring in double figures for the Armor tonight were Travis Cohn with 19 points Eugene Spates with 17, Hurdle added 16 points and dished out 8 assists, Johnny Thomas poured in 12 and Jamar Brown and David Akinyooye each contributed 10 points.
The Armor shot 55% from the field and buried 30-42 from the foul line. For the sixth consecutive game, the Armor out-rebounded their opponent with a 44-35 edge on the glass.
Erie was led tonight by Tirrell Baines, who scored a team-high 27 points on the heels of a 31-point effort last night. Gerrity added 22 points and 8 assists and D.J. Kennedy scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
The Eastern Conference-leading Armor (5-2) return to action Saturday when they take on the Tulsa 66ers (5-3) at 8:00 PM EST. The game will begin a seven-game, 16-day road trip for the Armor that will take them through five cities before returning home on New Year's Eve. The Armor's next home game will be Jan. 5 against the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 PM.