March 8, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Jaguars’ Peach Belt Conference Tournament hopes ended in the semifinals Saturday night in a double-overtime 96-87 loss to the Montevallo Falcons in the Frank G. Lumpkin Center. The meeting was the fifth-straight time the two teams met in the postseason.
After Montevallo (24-4) took the opening lead (23-7), the Jaguars went on a 7-0 run with five minutes into the game to take a 17-6 advantage on KJ Sherrill’s jumper. The Falcons brought it within one from Silas Mills’ layup at 4:10, but the Jags went for the paint under three minutes and held onto a 36-32 lead at the break. GRU shot 8-of-10 from the charity in the opening half and had seven points off of three UM turnovers.
Ryan Weems, who paced the Jags with 23 points on the night, made two free throws in the first minute of the second half, but the PBC Player of the Year, Troran Brown, dealt four assists in the next few minutes to keep his Falcons close. Down by a bucket, Ryan May nailed a 3-pointer off a Brown assist to give the Falcons their first lead since 16:46 of the first half. Brown ended the night with 27 points and 13 assists.
It was a one-basket affair or tie game for the next seven minutes. Devonte Thomas sunk a trey for GRU and May followed suite to put UM up 62-59 for their second biggest lead of the night at the time. Ahead 69-68, GRU gave up a layup to May to go down by one. The Freshman of the Year, Keshun Sherrill, had his jumper blocked by Da-Juan Cooper with four seconds remaining. Devon Wright-Nelson fouled May on the play and May sunk one-free throw to give the Falcons a 71-69 lead with two seconds to go.
GRU’s D’Angelo Boyce had the ball on the sidelines with 2.1 seconds left. Boyce tossed an alley-oop to Harold Doby who made the jumper at the buzzer and was fouled on the play. Doby missed what would have been the game-ending free throw to force overtime - tied 71-all. Brown and Keshun Sherrill answered 3-pointers and after a UM dunk, KJ Sherrill made back-to-back buckets to keep the game tied at 78-all. Brown got the ball in his hands off a missed Wright-Nelson jumper and almost ended the game with a half-court buzzer beater, but the shot rattled off as they headed to the second OT.
Doby made the opening layup, but Brown got to line and made a jumper for an 85-82 lead with 3:05 to go. Wright-Nelson hit one of his two treys to knot the game at 85-all, but Shykeem Jackson took a foul and made both free throws to give UM the lead that they never relinquished. The Jags missed four of their final five shots as they were forced to foul the Falcons. UM ended the night at the free-throw line to take a 96-87 final.
The Jags shot 47.1 from the floor to UM’s 50.8. The Falcons made 23-31 free throws (74.2 percent), while GRU made 14-of-21 (66.7 percent). Montevallo had five more rebounds than the Jags, but GRU outscored UM 34-to-22 in the paint and 17 second-chance points to the Falcons’ nine. Weems’ 23 led the GRU offense, while Doby notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. KJ Sherrill added 19 pints and Keshun Sherrill had 13 with three assists.
Last time out against Montevallo, GRU handed the Falcons their first loss of the year in their one meeting of the regular-season on Dec. 17 where the Jags took care of the Falcons 60-56 in Montevallo, Ala. Senior guard Ryan Weems paced the Jags with 24 points -- 17 in the first half -- and drained four 3-pointers. Senior forward KJ Sherrill tallied 18 points and junior forward Henry McCarthy had six points and a team-best seven rebounds off the bench.