GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Jaguars blew open a close second-half game at Lander to shoot 60 percent from the field and runaway with an 80-63 Peach Belt Conference victory in Horne Arena.
GRU (21-4, 14-2 PBC) had five players with double figure points, highlighted by senior Ryan Weems’ 19. Junior Devonte Thomas hit four 3-pointers as he totaled 14, freshman Keshun Sherrill dealt seven assists and scored 12 points while seniors Harold Doby (11 points, six rebounds) and KJ Sherrill, the PBC Basketball Player pf the Week, (10 points) did work in the paint. The Jags scored 28 points in the paint and out-rebounded the Bearcats 26-to-23.
LU (15-5, 9-7 PBC) played its third game in five day, but JR Washington kept his team close within four points with a quick scoring spurt midway through the opening half, but the Jags weren’t done. GRU’s 67 percent shooting in the second half was too much too withstand as the team pushed their lead to the end after the Bearcats made it a 10-point game.
Thomas hit a 3-pointer to give the Jaguars their biggest lead at 17 points, 65-48, with 8:08 left. The lead grew to 20 points, 70-50, on D'Angelo Boyce's fast-break layup with 7:11 to go.Washington lead LU – hitting seven of nine shots including five of six 3-point attempts for 19 points, while Darius Carrier added 10 points on four or five shooting.
The Jags host USC Aiken on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for the PBC rivalry in Christenberry Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m. GRU looks for their second win over the Pacers this season after winning the first meeting on Feb. 1 in Aiken 97-84.