Columbus, Ga. – The Augusta University Men's Basketball lost a heartbreaker today against the Columbus State Cougars 61-60. The Jags fall to 10-6 on the year and are now 5-3 in conference play. The Cougars improve 10-6 on the season and are now 5-3 in Peach Belt games.
The first half saw Augusta trailing 19-10 by the halfway mark of the period. As the period continued, the Jags' fortune didn't improve. The squad found themselves down 37-25 at halftime.
Augusta opened the scoring in the second half as Troy Cracknell put in a jumper 16 seconds in. With the Jaguars still down by 13, Tyshaun Crawford slammed down a dunk and drew a foul for the three point play.
Crawford's dunk was followed by an 8-0 run by the Jag offense to bring them right back into the game.
With 9:44 remaining in regulation, Crawford again came up with a big dunk to tie the game at 49-49. It was a back and forth affair with neither team gaining more than a two point advantage.
Troy Cracknell landed a long three with 1:27 remaining in the game to give the Jags a 58-55 lead. It looked as though the Jaguars had the game in hand, as Myers drew a foul with a dozen seconds left and made the ensuing free throws to give Augusta a five point edge.
But Columbus State dug deep and found a way to win, putting down back-to-back threes within seven seconds, and snatching victory away from the Jaguars.
As a team, Augusta shot 22-of-55 (40.0%) from the field, with four coming from downtown, and were 12-of-19 from the free throw line.
Crawford led the Jags offense, picking up a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Rafael Monteiro also notched a double-double on the afternoon, snagging a team high 13 rebounds and scoring 12 points.
The Jaguars return home to the Christenberry Fieldhouse for their next game when they take on North Georgia on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m.