Jags Advance Past Columbus State 89-65 In PBC Tournament Quarterfinal
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The top-seeded Augusta University men's basketball team won its 11thconsecutive game on Wednesday night in an 89-65 victory over eighth seeded Columbus State in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinal game in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Ranked No. 24 in the nation and second in the NCAA Southeast Region, the Jaguars let CSU enjoy a 7-2 run to start the game, but quickly took over from there. Senior Deane Williams scored a game-high 26 points and had seven rounds, two assists, and a block and steal. After making four three pointers all season on 18 attempts, Williams went 4-for-4 from the three-point line. Jags junior Rafael Monteiro scored 20 points with nine rebounds and freshman Miguel Arnold carded 15 on five three pointers.
After CSU's early run, AU got a three pointer from Williams to eventually take an 8-7 lead. Augusta used an 8-0 run to steal the score, with sophomore Troy Cracknell coming off the bench to score a fast five points.
Each team matched 13-for-28 shooting from the floor in the first half, but AU took a 36-32 lead into halftime. Augusta never gave up its lead and blew it open for an 89-65 final. Arnold drilled three fast three pointers in the closing minutes, as the Jags outscored the Cougars by 20 in the second half.
Augusta will host the PBC Tournament semifinals and championships Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10 in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Jags host two women's and men's semifinal games on Saturday and host the women's and men's conference championship game on Sunday, March 10. Full brackets and times will be available soon.
Pacers Race Past Bearcats In PBC Quarterfinal
AIKEN, S.C. – The No. 16 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and posted a 90-74 victory over Lander Wednesday evening in the PBC Quarterfinal.
The Pacers improve to 25-4 on the season. The Bearcats finish the year at 12-17.
Xzavier Barmore registered a double-double while establishing a school record with 17 assists. He added 17 points, seven rebounds and three thefts as well.
Ty'lik Evans scored a team-best 22 points. He added a game-high six steals to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Faison Brock accounted for 17 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks while rookie Shaquan Jules came off the bench to net 14 points and grab six rebounds.
Robert Hill totaled six points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Myles Washington totaled seven boards and five points. Kyle Tackeberry amassed five points and five rebounds while Darius Bell chipped in four markers.
Head coach Mark Vanderslice's team connected on 38-of-78 from the floor (48.7 percent), including 11-of-29 from downtown (37.9 percent). The squad out-rebounded the visitors 51-39. USC Aiken also held a 39-8 edge in fast-break points and a 54-42 margin in the paint.
Leading 5-4, the Pacers embarked on a 10-0 spurt. Brock hit a three-ball and Evans took a long pass from Hill and converted a lay-up. Brock hit another shot from distance and Evans raced through the defense for a 15-4 edge. The Pacers extended the lead to 16 on a three-point shot from Evans with 11:27 to play. However, the Bearcats pulled within six just prior to the break.
Leading 60-50, Vanderslice's team embarked on a 10-5 spurt for a 70-55 lead. A thunderous dunk from Jules off a pass from Barmore gave the home team a 90-70 lead with 1:23 to play en route to the 16-point victory.
The Pacers return to action Saturday in the PBC semifinals against No. 3 Francis Marion in Augusta, Ga. Game-time is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Hill's 4-point play sparks Patriots to 96-88 Quarterfinal win
FLORENCE, SC – Freshman 6-7 center Winston Hill converted a four-point play with 3:15 remaining to break an 82-82 deadlock and Francis Marion University went on to grab a 96-88 victory over Young Harris College, Wednesday night (March 6) in a quarterfinal game in the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
The third-seeded Patriots improve to 21-7 and advance to face second-seeded USC Aiken on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals in Augusta, Ga. It marks the second straight year FMU has advanced to the semifinals. The sixth-seeded Mountain Lions end their season at 13-16.
Francis Marion tied a school record by placing seven players in double figures. Senior forward Je'Quan Perry led the way with 16 points, while senior Brandon Parker added 15, junior Douglas Dwight 13, junior Kendall Wall 13, freshman Kailex Stephens 12, Hill 11, and junior point guard Jaquez Smith 10.
Dwight's point total, a new career high, all came in the opening 20 minutes as he drained a trio of three-pointers. Smith also handed out a career-high nine assists and in the process passed Will Tucker for 11th position on the Patriot career list with 241 assists – only nine outside of the Top-10. Parker led the Patriots with seven rebounds.
Junior guard Brian Harper, the nation's assists leader, paced Young Harris with 21 points and 10 assists. Paul Miller came off the Mountain Lion bench to tally 19 points.
Hill's four-point play, a three-pointer from the left corner and the ensuing free throw, was part of a 10-0 FMU run that erased an 82-78 Young Harris lead. Hill also had a dunk that knotted the score at 82-82.
The Mountain Lions would never get closer than four after Hill's play and the Patriots made 8-of-8 free throws (six by Parker) in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.
In the opening half, Francis Marion trailed only at 2-0 and the Patriots quickly made that up with back-to-back three pointers by Perry and Stephens. FMU would stretch its advantage to 20-11 after a jumper by Smith with 14:48 on the clock. The Patriots again led by nine, at 36-27, following a three-pointer by Parker with 4:48 left before halftime. Young Harris scored five of the half's final seven points to draw within 43-38 at intermission.
A Stephens' bucket in the paint to open the second stanza expanded FMU's lead to seven, but Young Harris responded with an 18-4 run that catapulted the Mountain Lions to a 56-49 lead. The deficit grew to eight, at 72-64, with 8:28 left in the contest, but eight straight points by the Patriots in a 50-second span tied the game.
Young Harris would re-assume the lead and take a four-point lead at 78-74, 80-76, and 82-78 setting the stage for Francis Marion's rally. The Patriots were 15-of-15 at the charity stripe over the final 20 minutes, while Young Harris was 0-of-2.
Francis Marion finished the game shooting 43.8 percent, including 16-of-41 from behind the three-point arc, and FMU connected on 16-of-20 free throws. The Mountain Lions shot 48.6 percent, including 9-of-26 from long range, and made 7-of-11 shots at the foul line.
FMU forced 15 Mountain Lion miscues and held an 18-6 edge in points-off-turnovers.
UNC Pembroke Cruises Past Georgia College In PBC Quarterfinals
PEMBROKE – The fourth-seeded UNC Pembroke men's basketball team shot nearly 54 percent from the field, including an eye-popping 63.3 percent effort in the second half, and led for more than 37 minutes on the way to a 105-81 victory over fifth-seeded Georgia College in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday evening.
The result marked the seventh-straight PBC Tournament victory for the Braves (21-8) who have captured the tournament crown in each of the last two years. The setback was the sixth-straight PBC Tournament loss for the Bobcats (17-12) who were making just their second PBC Tournament appearance since 2012.
SCORE: UNC Pembroke 105, Georgia College 81
RECORDS: UNC Pembroke 21-8; Georgia College 17-12
LOCATION: Pembroke, N.C. (Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Braves canned seven 3-pointers in the first half alone, and a dreadful performance by the Bobcats from the free throw line allowed the hosts to eventually take a 46-31 advantage into intermission. The Black & Gold padded its lead out to double-digits after a layup from Micah Kinsey at the 14:05 mark made it a 19-9 contest. Georgia College made it a two-possession game, 21-15, on a fast break layup by Justin Cave just less than three minutes later, but a 3-pointer from Cam Hamilton on the other end of the court sparked a 16-3 run by UNCP over the next 3-1/2 minutes that inevitably led to its largest lead of the opening period, 37-18, with six minutes still remaining.
UNCP connected on nine of its first 11 shots (.818) of the second half and cushioned their advantage out to 22 points, 68-46, on a jumper by Carson Mounce at the 12:41 mark. The Braves converted seven of their final nine field goal attempts of the contest, however, and led by as many as 29 points, 105-76, following a jumper from Jayvian Hicks with 31 ticks left.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
+ Sophomore Micah Kinsey tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and a school- and Peach Belt Conference Tournament-record 17 assists. The 17 assists is tied for second all-time in the league record books, and is the most for a PBC men's basketball player since Jan. 5, 2011.
+ Senior James Murray-Boyles scored 13 of his game-best 22 points in the first half, and keyed his offensive output with a 6-for-8 clip from the free throw line.
+ Sophomore Tyrell Kirk tallied 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while also adding five rebounds and matching a career-high with five steals as well.
+ Junior Akia Pruitt, sophomore Jamal Bryant and redshirt freshman Cam Hamilton each chipped in 11 points to the cause. Pruitt also contributed five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
+ Wednesday's triumph was the seventh-straight victory for the Braves in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, as well as their fourth-straight home victory in the league's postseason event.
+ UNCP posted 100 or more points for the seventh time this season, and improved to 12-0 in 2018-19 when scoring 90 or more points.
+ The result marked the 199th career victory for head coach Ben Miller who improved to 199-129 (.607) in 10-plus seasons at the reins of the program.
+ The Black & Gold registered a season-best 26 assists in Wednesday's victory over the Bobcats – its most assists since tacking up 26 in a 117-102 win over Barton on Dec. 31, 2016.
The Braves will pack up their show and head to Augusta, Ga., on Saturday to battle the top-seeded and 15th-ranked Jaguars (24-5) in the semifinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.