AUGUSTA, Ga. – After trailing the majority of the game, the Jaguars took a one-bucket lead off senior KJ Sherrill’s one-handed floater under 30 seconds to hold off Columbus State Sunday afternoon for a 74-72 Peach Belt Conference victory in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
CSU’s (12-10, 6-9) Kenney Funderburk started the day with a slam dunk off an assist from the opening tipoff. The Cougars went ahead, but GRU (20-4, 13-2) freshman Keshun Sherrill hit his first of three 3-pointers in the first half to trail CSU 6-7. Eventually tied at 9-all after two Harold Doby layups, the game saw each team respond to one another before CSU went on a 5-0 run into the first media timeout. Shane Heyward got the charity stripe to make both for an 18-14 advantage.
GRU’s Roman Hill came off the bench to add six points, while Keshun Sherrill notched nine to trail the Cougars 41-31 at the break. The Jags only shot 41.7 percent from the field in opening half to CSU’s 53.8. To start the second half, Doby got to the free-throw line to make one for the Jags, but two positive CSU possessions kept the Cougars ahead.
The Jags went down by 10, but Keshun Sherrill and Ryan Weems hit consecutive treys to cut it within four. Eventually tied at 66-all with 3:55 to go, CSU scored a three-point play to go back ahead. In the closing minutes, Weems was fouled on a layup and made the free throw for a 72-all score with just over a minute left. CSU missed a trey to give the Jags the ball with a minute winding down. KJ Sherrill backed down his man and released a one-handed floater to put the Jags up with 12 seconds left.
CSU called for a dash to the lane where Funderburk had his shot blocked by KJ Sherrill to end the game and give the Jags a 74-72 final. KJ put up13 points with five rebounds, while Weems led GRU with 18 points. Keshun Sherrill added 15 points with five boards and four assists. GRU shot 47.9 percent for the game to the Cougars’ 54.3 percent and had 20 second-chance points to CSU’s five.
DeAngelo Kirkland led CSU with 16 points, Heyward posted 15, and Funderburk notched 12. The Jags host USC Aiken for the Peach Belt rivalry on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Christenberry Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m. Jags look for second win over the Pacers this season.