GRU basketball wins overtime thriller

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Nov. 16, 2013 BOWIE, Md. – Jaguar junior Ryan Weems knocked down two three pointers under 30 seconds to play in overtime to lead GRU Augusta to its first road win of the year over Bowie State in A.C. Jordan Arena Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (1-3) went ahead in the opening minute off a dunk from Brian Freeman. A Weems three pointer put the Jaguars (2-1) on the board and set the tempo for the offense. Weems ended the night with five from the arc. After missing a layup on the next GRU possession, junior-transfer Ronell Crockett stole it back and drove the lane for a lead-taking layup.

Crockett’s layup put the Jaguars ahead until the 16:58 mark. Bowie State’s Ray Gatling knotted the game at 38 with a 3-point bucket. Senior KJ Sherrill grabbed an offensive rebound and got a tip-back basket to retake the advantage for GRU. Sherrill had eight points with three assists and a game-high 14 rebounds.

GRU had a nine-point lead under five minutes to play when the Bulldog comeback began. With 14 seconds left in regulation, Carlos Smith got to the free-throw line and sunk both to force overtime with a 74-all score.

GRU scored first in OT with a Weems jumper, but Bowie State’s Smith hit another 3-pointer for his 24th point. Weems showed off his range with 31 seconds left, hitting two treys in 13 seconds. Down by one, Keshun Sherrill hit a jumper to put him into double figures and give GRU the lead. Ray Gatling made it 86-all with a free throw, but Harold Doby got to the line for the Jags where he made one for an 87-to-86 Jaguar road win.

For the Bulldogs, Gatling had a team-high 25 points and Smith posted 24. The Jags were led by Weems’ game-leading 27 points, shooting 5-for-8 from downtown. Devon Wright Nelson put up 16 points and D’Angelo Boyce and Keshun Sherrill added 11. KJ Sherrill led both teams with 14 boards, while the Jags outrebounded Bowie State 41-to-40. The Bulldogs shot 50.8 percent from the field to GRU’s 44.6, but the Jags’ 18 points off turnovers gave them the edge.

The Jags keep it on the road with another non-conference contest against Shaw on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4:00 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.