Albany State hands Paine two losses

Paine College
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Jan. 20, 2014 ALBANY, Ga. – The Paine College basketball teams both dropped games to Albany State in Albany on Jan. 20. The Lady Rams (12-3, 7-1) defeated the Lady Lions (6-10, 4-3) 82-69 and the Golden Rams (8-8, 4-3) beat the Lions (7-9, 4-4) 78-68.

The Lady Lions began the game with their most sluggish start of the season scoring only 21 points by halftime. Shooting the ball did not prove successful for Paine in the first 20 minutes of play. The team only shot 21 percent from the field and 22 percent from the free throw line. At the half, Albany State led 44-21. In the second half, the Lady Rams continued to widen the gap leading by around 30 at some points during the half. Paine dug deep and made some serious pushes throughout the game. In the second half, their shooting percentage from the field doubled to 43 percent. They did make a comeback but not enough to snag a win.

Junior guard Ashley Watts scored her 1,000th career point off of a layup in the second half. Watts ended the game with 27 points on the game and 1,008 points on her career. The Augusta, Ga., native also had seven rebounds and three steals.

“I have to thank my coaches and teammates because without them I would not have this achievement,” said Watts. “Now, I just have to keep moving forward and help my team finish the season strong.”

Jemetria Fletcher had 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block. Tannasia Rhodes added another 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Aalyiha Wright had eight rebounds and eight points.

Paine shot 32 percent from the field, 24 percent from behind the arc and 64 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Rams shot 45 percent from the field, 24 percent from behind the arc and 56 percent from the line. They were led by Mecca Frost and Keidra Green who both had 15 points.

The men’s team began the game with a surge and a 6-0 run courtesy of Sean Morgan. Soon after, Albany State took the lead but the Lions kept it tight. At the half, the Golden Rams led 37-33. Paine continued to keep it close in the second half and pulled to within one, however, they were never able to take charge of the lead. Prior to this game, the Purple and White were averaging 39 percent from behind the arc.

Today, the team was cold at the three-point line making only one out of 18 three-pointers on the game. That lone three-pointer was made by Preston Hodge in the first half. On the other hand, Albany State hit 10 from behind the arc.

Morgan had 17 points and nine rebounds. The only other Lion with double digit scoring was Toby Veal. Veal had 15 points and six rebounds. Hodge had eight points and five rebounds and Arnis Libazs had six points and seven rebounds.

The Lions shot 37 percent from the field and 63 percent from the free throw line. Albany State shot 45 percent from the field, 48 percent from behind the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Rams were led by Jamorris Gaines. Gaines had 24 points and six rebounds