Augusta men knock off Young Harris, women fall to the Mountain Lions

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Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Augusta University men’s basketball team played its first Peach Belt Conference road game of the 2018-19 season on Monday afternoon against Young Harris College and won 81-70 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center.

The Jaguars had four players score in double figures, with freshman Miguel Arnold leading the team with 22 points. Arnold hit six three pointers and six field goals and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. Junior Rafael Monteiro added 17 points and eight rebounds, sophomore Troy Cracknell scored 15 off the bench with four boards, and senior Tyvez Monroe picked up 10 points.

Monroe and Arnold each buried three pointers to start the game for Augusta. Monroe and Arnold each added another a three pointer and pair of field goals as AU built a 17-4 lead to start. The Mountain Lions didn’t stay down long and tied the game at 28-28 with 5:12 to play in the first half. The lead changed several times in the closing five minutes before halftime, but Augusta went up 39-38 at the break.

The Jags outscored YHC by 10 in the second half and cruised to a 81-70 victory on the road. The Mountain Lions outscored AU in the paint 42-30, but the Jags owned the second-chance points 14-5 and rebounds 42-33.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Augusta University women’s basketball team played its first Peach Belt Conference road game of the 2018-19 season on Monday afternoon against Young Harris College and lost 72-59 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center.

Augusta was led by freshman Kiera Howard who scored a team-high 16 points and added four steals, four rebounds, and a pair of assists. Senior Brianna Middleton carded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Jaguars. Freshman Jaelyn Autman put up eight points and four rebounds and junior Cameryn Wilson six points, five boards, and two steals.

The Mountain Lions maintained a strong lead to open the game and went up 11-1 in the first five minutes. AU recovered and the first period ended with each team turning in 20 points. YHC outscored the Jaguars by five in the second period to own a 35-30 halftime advantage.

Out of the locker room, Young Harris started strong again and boosted a 16-point lead at 50-34. The Jags were held to 11 points in the third period, while YHC scored 21. Augusta freshman Jaelyn Autman scored the first two buckets of the final period, but the home team proved too much and won 72-59.