AUGUSTA, Ga. – Putting away any possible doubts early, the Georgia Regents University Jaguars blitzed early and often on both ends of the floor to keep the visiting Armstrong Pirates at bay in a 91-78 Peach Belt Conference victory Thursday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The Jaguars (16-3 overall, 9-1 PBC) attacked from the opening tip, hitting on all offensive cylinders as they opened a 9-4 lead in the first two minutes. Hot shooting from Devonte Thomas helped extend the lead to 17 as the Jags cruised throughout most of the opening half.
Out of the break, GRU Augusta proved good things do come in threes as KJ Sherrill, Thomas, and Keshun Sherrill hit from downtown on consecutive possessions to blow the game open and the hot hands kept it that way until the final buzzer.
The Jags shot 62.7 percent, hitting 32-of-51 shots and 10-of-17 from behind the arc and enjoying 19 assists to just seven turnovers on the evening in a complete offensive performance. KJ Sherrill led with 24 points, hitting on all 10 of his shots from the floor. Ryan Weems and Keshun Sherrill added 16 apiece, and Harold Doby chipped in 12.
Armstrong (6-13, 3-9) got stronger on the offensive side as the game wore on, but could not find an answer defensively as they never led. Emmanuel Tiluscar paced the Pirates with 22 points, while Eric Eversley added a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Jaguars head to rival USC to renew Augusta’s greatest showdown Saturday, Feb. 1 in a battle of the top two squads in the Peach Belt Conference. Tip is slated for 7:30 p.m.