Patriot upset bid falls short at Augusta

Patriot upset bid falls short at Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA – Augusta University senior guard Keshun Sherrill scored 32 points, including the game's first 12, and the division-leading Jaguars held off a late Francis Marion University rally to claim a 75-71 victory, Wednesday night (Feb. 8) in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball action.

The Patriots (8-15, 4-11) will host Flagler College for Homecoming on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  Admission to all Homecoming games is free.

Sophomore guard Brandon Parker led FMU with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 on three-point attempts.  His point total was only two shy of his career high.  Junior guard Detrek Browning scored 17 and surpassed 1,500 points for his career.  He also made 6-of-10 shots, and was 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. 

Senior center Kenneth Jackson added 15 points.

Sherrill, one of only two men's players in PBC history to eclipse 2,000 career points, connected on 10-of-13 field goal attempts, was 6-of-7 from behind the arc, and 6-of-6 at the free throw line.  The Jaguars improve to 18-6 overall and 11-5 in PBC play.

After Sherrill led the Jags to the 12-0 lead, Augusta stretched its advantage to 21-5 with 12:44 left before halftime.  Francis Marion gradually chipped away at the lead and trailed only 38-35 after two Samson Nnaji free throws late in the stanza.  However, Augusta's Ja'Shawn Brooks nailed a three-pointer to up the margin to 41-35 at halftime.

The lead swelled to 57-46 following a Brooks' three-pointer with 13:37 remaining, but FMU responded with a 10-0 run to close the gap to 57-56.  Five straight Jaguar points followed, but the Patriots answered with six consecutive points to knot the contest, 62-62, at the 5:01 mark.  Freshman point guard Jaquez Smith made two free throws to bring the Patriots even.

A three-pointer by Sherrill broke a 64-64 deadlock and gave Augusta the lead for good.  Trailing 71-68, FMU had four opportunities to close the margin or tie the game, but a pair of turnovers and two missed three-pointers followed.  Sherrill then drained four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the decision.

FMU connected on 43.4 percent of its field goal attempts, was 8-of-19 from long range, and made 17-of-21 free throws.  Augusta shot a sizzling 56.3 percent, including 9-of-19 from behind the arc, and was 12-of-15 at the stripe.

 
2/8/17 7:30 p.m. at Augusta, Ga. - Christenberry Fieldhouse
AUGUSTA 75, FRANCIS MARION 71
FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY (8-15, 4-11 PBC)
Brandon Parker 6-10 4-4 20; Detrek Browning 6-10 2-2 17; Kenneth Jackson
7-13 0-0 15; Judah Alexander 2-5 3-4 7; Jaquez Smith 1-4 3-4 5; Samson Nnaji
1-3 2-3 4; Daniel Bridges 0-1 2-2 2; Josh Council 0-4 1-2 1; John Jenkins
0-1 0-0 0; Nigel Holley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 17-21 71.
AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY (18-6, 11-5 PBC)
Keshun Sherrill 10-13 6-6 32; Ja'Shawn Brooks 3-5 3-3 10; Tamyrik Fields 4-7
0-2 8; Vlad Cobzaru 3-4 0-0 6; Tyvez Monroe 2-4 0-0 5; Deane Williams 1-2
3-4 5; Kyle Doyle 2-6 0-0 4; Aaron Byrd 1-3 0-0 3; Ben Ursich 1-4 0-0 2;
Dereck Oliver 0-0 0-0 0; Andrew Parker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-48 12-15 75.
Halftime: Augusta 41 Francis Marion 35
3-point goals--Francis Marion University 8-19 (Brandon Parker 4-6; Detrek
Browning 3-4; Kenneth Jackson 1-4; Daniel Bridges 0-1; Josh Council 0-2;
Jaquez Smith 0-2), Augusta University 9-19 (Keshun Sherrill 6-7; Tyvez
Monroe 1-3; Ja'Shawn Brooks 1-3; Aaron Byrd 1-3; Ben Ursich 0-3). Fouled
out--Francis Marion University-None, Augusta University-None.
Rebounds--Francis Marion University 26 (Daniel Bridges 6; Judah Alexander
6), Augusta University 30 (Kyle Doyle 6). Assists--Francis Marion 11 (Jaquez
Smith 3), Augusta 17 (Keshun Sherrill 4; Ben Ursich 4). Total fouls--Francis
Marion 15, Augusta 20.  Technical fouls—Tamyrik Fields. A-853