AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University men's basketball team met Paine College in Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday night for the annual crosstown non-conference matchup. The Jaguars led by as much as 29 and won 85-56 down the stretch.
Augusta moved to 4-3 overall on the season, as Paine went to 1-8 on the young year. The Jags are now 18-3 against Paine College since the 1999-00 season and are 15-1 with head coach Dip Metress at the helm.
Junior Tyvez Monroe was two points shy of his career-high with 22 points to lead AU. Junior Deane Williams and freshman Troy Cracknell carded 10 points each and senior Tamyrik Fields scored 16 points.
Augusta shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the field and held Paine to 32.2 shooting (19-of-59). The Jags were 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from three-point range, while PC was 6-for-22 (27.3 percent).
The Lions' bench outscored Augusta 41-30, but the Jaguars fast-pace offense proved too much. AU scored the first basket of the night and led 31-19 with 7:32 to go in the first half, after Monroe made his third trey of the night. The advantage stayed to Augusta and went into the break on top 47-29.
The Jags held at least a 20-point lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half and never trailed the rest of the way
The Jags continue Peach Belt Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 17 for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff with the Young Harris Mountain Lions in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
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