ASU sweeps a doubleheader from Benedict

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Wednesday November 28, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State junior Ryan Weems came off the bench to again lead the Jaguars in scoring Wednesday night with a career-high 22 points as ASU outlasted Benedict 82-71 in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Two days after he dropped a then-career high 20 points on Coastal Georgia. Weems canned three 3-pointers and netted 14 points in the second half. Sophomore D’Angelo Boyce posted his second career double-double and a career-high in scoring with 19 points and 10 assists. Sophomore Devon Wright-Nelson garnered 18 points and team-best seven rebounds and Devonte Thomas managed 15 points, all in the second half.

The victory lifted the Jags to 3-0 on the young season, while the setback was the first for the Tigers (2-1).

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as the lead changed three times and the scored tied twice. There was 48 fouls called in the game between the two teams and ASU took advantage of the charity stripe, shooting 80 percent from the free throw line.

“We made some positive free throws, but we have to do a better job on ball screens,” said ASU head coach Dip Metress said. “(Benedict) attacks you, but it helps us prepare for the Peach Belt Conference. We’ve got a lot to learn from this game. “The guys were in foul trouble, but I’m pleased to pull out a win. Now to prove ourselves, we have to win on the road.”

Tied at 22-22 with 5:26 left in the first half, the score never saw a deficit above four points, as the teams entered the locker room with a 31-27 score. Boyce led ASU in the first half with nine points, hitting 4-of-6 from the field.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Unbeaten they were and unbeaten they remain, as the Augusta State Lady Jaguars rolled to a 5-0 record for the first time in 10 years Wednesday night when ASU pounced Benedict 61-47 in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jaguars shot 42 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Tigers 51-40 in ASU’s last game before Peach Belt Conference play begins.

“We’re handling business and doing what we’re supposed to do,” ASU head coach Nate Teymer said.

ASU senior Taylor Ayers came off the bench to posted a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior point guard Tanchelle Hollingsworth booked 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists and senior Tiffany Jaecks pitched in nine points and five rebounds. Senior guard Brittany White, who entered the game leading the PBC in steals, added to her league-leading total with six more in the contest.

Alexus Jones led the Lady Tigers (2-3) with 13 points and London Richardson added 10.

Junior Jemimah Ashby’s inside pass to senior Laci Schreiber pushed ASU out to a 10-0 advantage early in the first half, after White’s first of three steals in the half led to a double-figure Jaguar lead. The Jags forced three turnovers on the first three Benedict possessions and capitalized, scoring 15 points off of BC turnovers in the first half.

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