ASU gets a split with Lander, men fall, women win

ASU basketball
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Wednesday February 20, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Junior Jareal Smith hit the go-ahead jumper from the right side to give Lander a 58-56 Peach Belt Conference upset win over Augusta State Wednesday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

ASU slid to 12-11 overall and 7-9 in the PBC with the loss, while Lander improves to 8-15 and 3-13 in the conference.

Tied 56-all, the Bearcats stole the dribble from ASU at the top of the key with under a minute to play. Smith took the ball at the perimeter and drove to the right side for the winning shot. Lander shot 76 percent in the second half to ASU’s 50 percent and scored 28 points in the paint to the Jaguars’ 12.

Jags sophomore D’Angelo Boyce dished out eight assists in the first half, providing senior Travis Keels, sophomore Devon-Wright Nelson, and freshman Michael Graham all the looks, with the trio scoring all of ASU’s 21 points in the first half. The Jags went up by as much as 12 in the opening half, but five unanswered Bearcats buckets brought the half to 21-18.

LU sophomore Dermaine Smith, who had a game-high 27 points, notched 11 of Lander’s 18 in the first half. The Bearcats out-rebounded the Jags 25-to-19 and scored 10 points off fast breaks.

LU struck first, but ASU took the lead back when Keels slammed home a dunk. The Jags increased their lead by as much as 12, but five consecutive buckets closed the gap for the Bearcats. With 6:51 left, two Boyce 3-pointers put the Jags up 50-48 and another trey from sophomore Devonte Thomas stretched the lead to five. A foul on junior Ryan Weems led to three Bearcat’s free throws and a layup from D. Smith brought it to 56-all. J. Smith closed it out with his jumper from the right to outlast ASU.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State outlasted Lander University Wednesday night for a 51-48 Peach Belt Conference win in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jags (18-5, 11-5 in the PBC) gave the Bearcats (8-15, 5-11) a chance to put the game in overtime when junior Lea Saunders jacked up a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, but missed long to give ASU the win.

“I thought our biggest thing tonight was that we started contesting more shots in the second half,” Augusta State Head Coach Nate Teymer said. “We moved the ball more and made them play more defensive.”

Lander rolled to an early 11-4 lead off of Saunders’ floor control and sneaky passes. She had 11 points, four rebounds and five assists by halftime, while senior Precious Elkins, Lander’s threat in the paint, notched 10 points and five boards in the first half.

With 6:30 left in the opening half, ASU cut it to 10 points after junior Becky Newhouse slashed through the lane for a layup to make it 26-16. In her second game back from a left-knee injury, junior Jemimah Ashby hit a jumper Newhouse hit back-to-back 3-pointers to bring it to a halftime score of 28-24.

Senior Brittany White stole LU’s first possession of the second half and assisted senior Laci Schreiber for a layup. The Lady Jags took their first lead of the night on senior Eryka Menzies jumper from the left side and built their lead when senior Tiffany Jaecks gave drained a shot for a 51-42 lead.