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Augusta men rebound against Benedict

Posted: November 26, 2016 - 10:36pm

Augusta's Deane Williams said his team's mentality changed after Saturday's wake-up call.

After suffering a setback three days earlier, Augusta got on back on track Tuesday with five players scoring in double figures in a 79-70 win over Benedict at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

"I think we figured we were going to come out and get another easy win," Williams said of his team's 104-86 home loss this past weekend to West Georgia. "That's the wrong mentality to have. Today, we talked about Mike Tyson and coming out and just going at it every time."

Augusta improved to 4-1 after showing a balanced offensive attack. Tyvez Monroe led the Jaguars with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Tamyrik Fields added 15 points. Williams and Kyle Doyle chipped in with 13 points and six boards apiece.

Their respective efforts were timely as Keshun Sherrill, who entered the contest leading the Peach Belt Conference with a 25.3 scoring average, had a rare off night. The All-American guard shot 3 for 13 from the field, including a 1 of 5 effort from the perimeter, for 11 points to go with five assists in 39 minutes.

"That's probably the worst game Keshun has played in a long time in the sense of making shots," Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. "Our guys just stepped up."

Williams added: "Each and every one of us played our roles pretty well. It wasn't the best game we played, but we came out with a ‘W'."

Augusta went on a 14-2 run midway through the first half to reverse a five-point deficit. Sherrill capped the spurt with a layup to stake Augusta to a 24-17 advantage with 6:04 left until intermission. The Jaguars led by 13 at the break and expanded their lead to as many as 18 points in the second half.

Augusta shot 52 percent from the field on a season-high 20 assists. The Jags also shot 81 percent from the foul line and won the rebounding battle, 38-26.

Benedict junior forward Brandon Morris, who played two seasons at Georgia before getting into legal trouble, led the Tigers with 26 points on 9 for 14 shooting. Justice Morgan added 13 for Benedict.

Metress said he was pleased with the way his team bounced back from Saturday's defeat to West Georgia. After the way Augusta played down the stretch last season and in exhibition play this month, Metress said he reminded his players they were going to have to work hard for their success.

"We were starting to think this thing was going to be easy," he said. "It's not easy. So that was a wake-up call."

 

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