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.