Jags sweep City Classic in taking down Paine

ASU basketball
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Thursday January 24, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State traveled across town on Thursday night and registered a hard-fought, 66-59 over Paine College in a non-conference matchup.

With their ninth straight win over Paine in front of a crowd of 2,103 at the HEAL Complex, the Jaguars climbed to 10-5 on the year, while the Lions dropped to 7-9.

ASU Head Coach Dip Metress called a timeout after the Jags missed their first four shot attempts and allowed Paine to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Roman Hill got the Jags going with back-to-back jumpers to ignite the comeback.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Making history on Thursday night, the Augusta State Lady Jaguars produced their best start since the program’s inception with a 63-44 non-conference road win over Paine College in the HEAL Complex.

With their fourth straight win on Paine’s campus, the Lady Jags improved to 13-2 overall, while the loss dropped Paine to 9-9 on the season.

“It’s an accomplishment that can’t ever be taken away from this group,” said ASU third-year head coach Nate Teymer said. “It’s nice to talk about, but what we want is the best finish in school history.”

After missing their first five shots, the Lady Jags composed themselves and senior Tiffany Jaecks drained a 3-pointer from the left wing. Teymer inserted seniors Taylor Ayers and Eryka Menizes from the bench, and the duo transformed Paine’s early momentum into a seven-point ASU run with 12:52 in the first half.

Menzies and senior Brittany White led all scorers with nine each in the first half, leading ASU to a 17-point advantage at the break.

Junior Tanchelle Hollingsworth led ASU with 12 points. Jaecks added 10 of her own, while junior Becky Newhouse (nine) and Menzies (nine) combined for 18 points. White and Ayers both added eight points, with Ayers pulling down nine rebounds and White eight.

The Lions held the lead until the 9:40 mark, until a tip-in bucket from Travis Keels and a Devonte Thomas layup closed the gap. Sophomore Devon Wright-Nelson gave the Jags the lead and momentum when he swished a 3-pointer from the left wing.

The game entered the fourth media timeout tied at 26-all. Keels keyed a 13-0 Jaguar run, cleaning up the rim with two put-back buckets. He ended the night with a double-double, scoring 10 points with 11 boards and four blocks. Thomas added five quick ones, before Wright-Nelson scored a final layup for a 39-26 ASU lead at the half.

The Lions put together a 7-0 spurt at the start of the second with baskets from Kenny Fluellen and Mario Jordan. Paine tied it at the 11:09 mark on a pair of Sean Morgan free throws, only to have ASU respond with two consecutive layups from Weems.

Clinging to a five-point lead with 1:19 to play, Weems pulled up in transition and drained a jumper from the left elbow as ASU pulled out the win 66-59.