Jags end their slide against Francis Marion, women drop first of the year

ASU basketball
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Wednesday January 2, 2013

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Augusta State rallied from an early first-half deficit and registered a 77-74 Peach Belt Conference road win over Francis Marion Wednesday night in Smith University Center.

With the victory, the 12th-ranked Jaguars snapped their two-game losing skid and improved to 7-2 overall, 3-0 in the PBC and 2-0 in the PBC East Division. The loss dropped FMU to 4-5 and 0-3, respectively.

The victory was ASU’s 16th in the last 17 meetings with the Patriots and the Jags improved to 19-1 vs. FMU under head coach Dip Metress.

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Francis Marion outscored Augusta State 8-3 in overtime Wednesday night and knocked off the previously undefeated Lady Jaguars 81-76 in Peach Belt Conference action at Smith University Center.

With the loss, ASU slipped to 8-1 on the season and 2-1 in the PBC, while the Patriots improved to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Despite the setback, the 8-1 start still marked the best in program history for the Lady Jags.

ASU junior Jemimah Ashby matched her career-high with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and senior forward Taylor Ayers booked her third double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Tiara Gause paced five Patriots in double figures with 18 points while Dee Gray tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds. Jasmine Williams-Hayes posted 14 points and eight boards, Kristen Dickerson added 11 points and Camille Dash chipped in 10.

ASU led 34-26 at the half and pushed its lead to as much as 22 after opening the second half on a 14-0 run in the first 3:07. The Patriots responded with 11 straight points to cut their deficit in half before ASU stemmed the tied with buckets from Eryka Menzies and Ayers. FMU then rattled off a 15-0 run over a span of 4:05 as ASU combined seven straight misses from the field with five turnovers.

ASU junior shooting guard Ryan Weems, in the starting lineup for the second straight game, poured in a career-high 27 points and led the Jags in scoring for the fifth time in the first nine games. Harold Doby logged his third double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and senior Travis Keels notched 10 points. Sophomore guard/forward Roman Hill grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, while Devon Wright-Nelson and Chad July combined for 13 points and 13 rebounds

Dustin Jones and Tyler Deihl had 12 points for FMU and Evrik Gary pitched in 11.

ASU shot under 39.7 percent from the field, including just 4-of-19 from long range. The Patriots, who entered the contest leading the PBC and the nation in scoring, drained 16 treys in the contest but were held 32 points under their season scoring average. The Jags offset a season-high 20 turnovers against FMU’s full-court pressure by owning a 56-31 edge in rebounds.