Jan. 5, 2013 AUGUSTA, Ga. – GRU Augusta closed out a tough Peach Belt Conference victory with solid defense and good shooting to take down UNC Pembroke 76-72 Sunday afternoon in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
UNC Pembroke (11-3, 2-2 PBC) opened the game with a 6-0 run until Devon Wright-Nelson ended the Jags’ (11-2, 4-0) early shooting woes with a layup.
The Braves would continue the hold the scoring advantage until the Jags were able to pop off three straight three pointers and give them a 25-22 lead, which they protected heading into halftime and for the rest of the game.
Senior guard Ryan Weems paced the team in scoring with 21 points, along with eight rebounds and three assists. Four other Jags were able to score in double figures, forward Devon Wright-Nelson with 12, guard Ronell Crockett at 13 and D’Angelo Boyce contributing 10.
In the second half the Jags were able to lead by as many as 13 points and pull off a run anytime the Braves threated a comeback.
With two minutes left in the game, the Jags clung desperately to a five point lead with the score at 66-61. Down the stretch Weems made big play after big play, the most memorable a quick catch and release three from the corner that put the team up 69-63 with 1:19 on the clock.
However, the Braves would not back down. A non-hesitation three-pointer by guard Quamain Rose cut the Jags lead to five at 71-66 with 43.1 seconds remaining.
But it would not be enough as the Jags held on by sinking free throws and dominating the glass during the waning seconds of the game.
The Jags shot an impressive 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Braves 31 to24.
The Jags return next Saturday, Jan. 11 to play at Armstrong for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.