Jags sweep first doubleheader of season at Christenberry

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 79-70 non-conference victory over Benedict College on Tuesday in Christenberry Fieldhouse. Augusta had five players score in double figures and shot 51.7 percent for their best field-goal percentage of the season.

After Benedict (0-2) took the early lead on the first basket, the Jaguars (4-1) overtook the scoreboard and never seized the lead the rest of the game.

Sophomore Tyvez Monroe was two points shy of his career high and led Augusta with 16 points. He added seven rebounds and five assists, while junior Tamyrik Fields scored 15 with three boards. Sophomore Deane Williamsand junior Kyle Doyle each scored 13 points and Doyle grabbed six boards.

Augusta shot 51.7 percent from the floor to BC’s 46.6 percent and made 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) free throws while the Tigers hit 13-of-18 (72.2 percent).

Entering the game leading the Peach Belt Conference with 25.3 points per game, Jags senior Keshun Sherrillscored 11 points with five assists and four rebounds. Augusta led by as much as 18 in the contest and outrebounded Benedict 38-26.

BC banked in a three pointer to start the game and the Tigers held the lead until the 12:16 mark in the first half. Augusta went on a 7-0 run capped off by an and-one play from Doyle to tie the game 15-15. Doyle nailed the free throw to give the Jags their first lead of the night.

Sophomore Ben Ursich entered off the bench with under 11 minutes and made his first attempt to keep the Jags’ offense firing. The squad went off the rest of the opening 20 minutes and shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the first half.

Eight of the nine Jaguars scored in the first half and a 14-2 run willed the team to a 40-27 lead at the half. The team shot 100 percent from the free-throw line in the first half.

Brandon Morris was the go-to shooter for the Tigers in the second half and he scored his 16th point of the game on a jumper to cut the deficit to a 55-48 game. Morris led all scorers with 26 points.

Sherrill found Monroe wide open at the other end of the floor for another trey and he hit another with 6:50 to play for another double-digit advantage. Augusta held on to the score and won 79-70.

The Jaguars host Wingate University on Sunday, Nov. 29 for a 4:00 p.m. tipoff in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University women’s basketball team returned to the hardwood for the first time in the 2016-17 season on Tuesday night to dominate Fort Valley State University 73-47 in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Southeast Region, Augusta (1-0) started seniors Kayla Lovett and Breonna O’Conner, juniors Cynara Pitt and Ashleigh Outler and sophomore Brianna Middleton.

Peach Belt Preseason All-Conference selection Breonna O’Conner scored first-half points and ended the night with 27 to lead all scorers. O’Conner was five points shy of her career high as she went 12-for-18 from the floor.

Augusta shot 39.4 percent from field-goal range and held Fort Valley to 31.7 shooting. The Jags were 17-of-26 from the free-throw line (65.4 percent), but lost the rebound contest 47-45. Augusta poured on 28 bench points to FVSU’s nine and had 16 points off fast breaks and 16 steals.

Outler and Harris had nine points each, with Harris adding six rebounds and Outler five.

Middleton made her first start of her collegiate career on Tuesday night and banked in the first bucket of the night on an assist from Outler.

Harris and junior JJ Williams also saw their first action as Jaguars and each scored in their first few minutes of action off the bench.

Outler opened the second period with a three pointer at the top of the key to make it 23-11 and Augusta led by as much as 12 point with solid ball movement. Under three minutes, FVSU fought to get back into a five-point game, but the deficit would grow.

O’Conner scored 16 in the first half to help the Jags to a 35-22 lead at the half. FVSU’s Shekiya Tarpkins drilled a three pointer to open the second half, but the Jags went on a run to boost back to a 42-49 lead with 6:53 in the third period.

After a steal and fast-break layup from O’Conner, Augusta went to work in the closing five minutes of the third and took a 20-point lead. The Jaguars led by at least 19 in the final period and cruised to a 73-47 victory.

FVSU’s Shekiyah Tarpkin scored 19 points and Alexia Green had 10 rebounds and eight points.

Augusta returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 27 to take on non-conference Clark Atlanta at 2:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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