Augusta State women set team history, men still undefeated

ASU basketball
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Monday December 17, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State sophomore Devon Wright-Nelson scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Jaguars to a 75-73 Peach Belt Conference victory over Montevallo Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

With the victory, the 15th-ranked Jags climbed to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in the PBC. Montevallo drops to 5-4 and 1-1 in the conference.

Wright-Nelson notched a double-double, scoring 21 and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior forward Harold Doby booked 15 points, while sophomore D’Angelo Boyce scored 14 points, including 11-of-17 from the charity stripe, and a game-high five assists. Junior Ryan Weems contributed 11 points and two blocks.

Falcons’ senior forward Drico Hightower, originally from Augusta, led all scorers with 23 and pulled down 12 rebounds. Senior Marvin Fitzgerald booked 15 points, while guards Troran Brown and Ryan May contributed 11 and 10 points respectively for Montevallo.

Both teams started the game cold before the Falcons’ Brown canned a 3-pointer almost three minutes into the half. The Jaguars fell behind by seven early, but battled back to take the lead at the 6:06 mark, when Devon Wright-Nelson grabbed Doby’s missed second foul shot and canned a jumper. ASU twice built three point leads over the Falcons before junior guard Ryan Weems ended the first half by draining a 3-point bucket to give the Jaguars a 36-32 advantage.

“We did not play well in the first half,” said coach Dip Metress. “We showed not passion or poise and made bad shots.”

The second half featured three technical fouls on Montevallo and three Jaguars fouling out of the game. The Jaguars maintained a seven point advantage for most of the second half, leading by as much as 10. The Falcons climbed back within four, on two foul shots by Hightower with 1:23 remaining. In the last minute, Boyce canned three of four from the line, while Ryan Weems hit on two from the charity stripe with eight seconds remaining to preserve the win.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State Women’s Basketball program made history Monday night when the Lady Jaguars improved to 8-0 for the first time ever with a 72-53 victory over Montevallo in the Peach Belt Conference home opener in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

ASU (8-0) improved to 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Falcons dropped to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the PBC.

“We have had a good start,” ASU head coach Nate Teymer said. “Every game I think we can win if we play hard and learn from our mistakes.”

Senior forward Taylor Ayers notched a double-double to lead ASU, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds, contributing 14 points, and swatting three shots. Junior forward Jemimah Ashby booked a team-high 17 points, while junior point guard Tanchelle Hollingsworth scored 11 and handed out six assists. Senior forward Laci Schreiber grabbed 10 rebounds, scored six points, and had a game-high four steals.

The Falcons were led by Taylor Beverly’s game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. She added three blocks, while freshman guard Jacquelyn Thompson put up 14 points for Montevallo.

Montevallo moved out to an early eight point lead, but the Lady Jags tied it at 13-13 at the 9:31 mark, on a 3-point bucket by Brittany White. The contest remained close through the first half with ASU grabbing the lead, 23-21, with 4:32 left on the clock.

Ayers took over in the paint, scoring six of ASU’s last eight points, as the Lady Jags closed out the half with a 29-25 advantage.

ASU began the second half with an 8-2 run, building a 13 point lead in the first five minutes. ASU led by as many as 23 in the second half when J. Ashby drained a 3-point bucket at the 5:53 mark. Augusta State finished the contest with a 19 point advantage for their second conference win in a row.