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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Stellar ball movement, hot shooting, and gritty defense made for a great night for GRU Augusta on both ends of the floor, culminating in a 60-47 victory over Peach Belt Conference foe Francis Marion in East division action at Christenberry Fieldhouse Thursday night.
The fruits of their offensive labors came early and often, such as when Henry McCarthy found himself all alone for three consecutive lay-ins after the ball had zipped in and out of the paint to draw defenders out of position. His final bucket started a 9-0 GRU run, boosted by a D'Angelo Boyce three and capped with Ryan Weems taking an inbounds pass and simply racing by his defender for a 22-14 lead, which was extended to 11 on two Weems free throws before a Patriots bucket ended the half.
After the break, Boyce stepped back and drained back-to-back threes, then threw it up for Roman Hill to slam it home. The Jaguars (10-2, 3-0 PBC) shot above 55 percent for most of the game before settling late and assisting on all 19 made field goals. They enjoyed a 16-to-5 free throw advantage and won the boards 30-21 with a collective team effort that saw 11 different players snag a rebound.
Ryan Weems paced the offense with 16 points, including 9-of-10 from the stripe, while Boyce added 11 with five assists, and McCarthy and Keshun Sherrill chipped in eight points each.
The defense, held FMU (3-6, 0-3) to a 42.2 percent shooting effort that allowed Robert Carpenter a game-high 18 points but all others to 29 combined, including a shutout of the Patriots bench.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fresh off a holiday break, GRU Augusta got off to a rough start and never recovered, falling 52-45 to the Francis Marion Patriots in a Peach Belt Conference East division showdown Thursday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The Jaguars (6-3, 2-1 PBC) started off with back-to-back buckets from Whitney Rohrbach and Kelsey Fynaardt, but sloppy ball handling allowed the Patriots (7-2, 2-1 PBC) to rip off a 3-2 run and open a 23-to-10 margin with five minutes on the clock. GRU had more turnovers (12) than points (10) at the 10-minute mark before getting some offense churning in the closing minutes to make it a 25-17 halftime margin.
The Patriots maintained a steady lead through most of the second half, extending the lead to as much as 12. Finally, J Ashby's trey from the top of the arc with 1:10 remaining cut the lead to four, but the Jags couldn't convert a couple of forced turnovers into points and got no closer.
GRU shot 28.3 percent for the game, 5-of-28 in the first half and 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from downtown. Becky Newhouse led with nine points and nine rebounds, while Fynaardt added eight points and nine boards. Ashby and Tavia Sykes chipped in 8 points apiece.
FMU shot 18-of-54 (33.3 percent) from the field, hitting 5-of-12 threes and going 11-of-16 from the stripe. Briana Robinson led all scorers with 14 points.