Jags drop fifth in seven games, 82-78

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Augusta State’s Ryan Weems matched his career high with 27 points Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough as North Georgia edged the Jaguars 82-78 in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at Memorial Hall.

The loss snapped ASU’s six-game winning streak in the series with UNG and dropped the Jags to 8-5 overall, 4-3 in the in the PBC. The Saints improved to 10-4 on the year and 5-2 in the league.

Weems drained five 3-pointers, connecting on 9-of-18 field-goal attempts, and grabbed seven rebounds. Devon Wright-Nelson booked his third double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Devonte Thomas netted 12 points and six boards. D’Angelo Boyce tallied 10 points and six assists.

Chris Tanzy paced the Saints with 19 points and 11 assists. Lamar Richardson canned six 3-pointers for 18 points and Scott Windom booked 16 points.

ASU shot 45.0 percent for the game and hit seven 3-pointers. North Georgia posted a 46.7 shooting percentage from the field and drained 11 treys. The UNG bench outscored the Jags 47-14.

The Jags trailed by as much as 11 in the second half at the 11:37 mark before Thomas and Weems drilled treys on back-to-back possessions. The Saints pushed their lead back out to 10 before the Jags countered with a 13-3 run. When Boyce’s floater in the lane dropped, ASU had pulled even at 72-all at the 4:00 mark.

UNG answered with six straight for a 78-72 lead with 1:51 left. Weems swished a pair of free throws at the 1:39 mark and after a Saints’ free throw, Thomas registered a rare 4-point play with 1:18 left when he was fouled while sinking a trey from the right wing. North Georgia hit 3-of-4 free throws and the Jags missed their last three attempts from the field.

ASU takes on Georgia College in the third annual “Battle Of The Cats” on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m., in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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