PEMBROKE — Visiting and 25th-ranked GRU Augusta shot 67 percent from the field in the second half and used a 17-5 run midway through the period to get a 92-70 victory over The University of North Carolina at Pembroke mens basketball team on Saturday at the English E. Jones Center.
The Jaguars (15-3, 8-1 PBC) have now won 14 of their last 16 outings, including both meetings with the Braves this season. The setback marked the seventh loss in the last eight outings for UNCP (12-9, 3-8), which opened a three-game home stand.
“We had some good spurts in the first half, and they just took off in the second half,” said UNCP coach Ben Miller. “It was a combination of them playing well and some defensive breakdowns by us. To beat a team like that, you’re going to have to play very well and, obviously, we did not.”
Quamain Rose scored a team-best 17 points to lead a quartet of UNCP players with double-figure scoring days. Reggie Cobia turned in 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in just 14 minutes on the floor and Ben Jacobs came off the bench to post 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Brandon Winford chipped in 10 points and tallied eight rebounds for the hosts as well.
Devonte Thomas scored a game-high 18 points for GRU Augusta, and K.J. Sherrill earned his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards. Keshun Sherrill added 16 points for the visitors as well.
Unable to shake the Braves for the first seven minutes of the second half, a 3-pointer by D’Angelo Boyce at the 13:01 mark ignited the 17-5 run that gave the visitors a 65-53 advantage following an old-fashioned 3-point play by Keshun Sherrill with 8:30 remaining. K.J. Sherrill’s short-range jump shot six minutes later would cap a 12-0 run that pushed the lead out to 23 points.
A 3-pointer by Keysheen Hinton at the 11:06 mark in the first half sparked the Braves on a 10-0 run that gave the hosts a 23-16 lead with 5:52 left before the intermission, but the Jaguars answered with a 16-4 run to claim a five-point lead on Keshun Sherrill’s perimeter bucket just more than four minutes later. The visitors took a 34-30 advantage into the locker rooms.
Women lose to sharp-shooting Augusta
Visiting GRU Augusta used a 46.7 percent shooting performance to beat the UNCP womens basketball team 63-40 on Saturday.
The Jaguars (9-7, 5-4 PBC) opened the game going 15-for-26 from the floor in the first half. Jemimah Ashby paced the GRUA offense with 11 points and Brooke McCants and Tavia Sykes logged 10 points apiece.
Kierra Haney turned in nine points and eight rebounds for the Lady Braves (6-12, 2-9), who were held to just 26.9 percent shooting. Jazmine Kemp finished the night with another six boards, as UNCP earned the rebounding advantage, 35-34.
“We didn’t attack the zone like I thought we should have, in terms of getting in the gaps and getting in the post,” said UNCP coach John Haskins. “Even when we did do good things, we just didn’t make shots. I thought our defense was very poor the first half, maybe a little bit better in the second half. The whole game we just didn’t execute well.”
The first half remained close until a 3-pointer from Becky Newhouse sparked a 9-2 Jaguar run. GRUA continued to pull ahead of the Black and Gold, but back-to-back jumpers from Avae’ Hardy and Ashley McCray would bring the score to 38-22 heading into halftime.
GRUA quickly stretched its lead to 20, 44-24, within the first four minutes of the second half, and led by as many as 27 at the 13:02 mark. UNCP tried to work its way back into the game scoring seven-straight points, to set the score at 58-38, but the effort was too little too late as the Jaguars ended the contest with a 3-point bucket from Marissa Mandeldove.