AIKEN, S.C. – The limited Augusta University Men's basketball team dropped a Peach Belt Conference contest by a mere one point (64-63) to rival USC Aiken. The Jaguars fall to 5-3, 3-3 in PBC play while the Pacers improve to 6-3, 5-1 in PBC play.
Head Coach Dip Metress' squad was led by freshman John Whitehead III. The Augusta native put up a season-best 16 points, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the final three minutes of the game. Whitehead played a near perfect game, going 5-for-6 from the field, 4-for-5 from the three point line, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Junior Tyshaun Crawford was 6-for-11 from the field, scoring 13 points and adding 8 rebounds. Senior Shawn Moss was again integral for the Jaguars squad, scoring 12 points in his 24 minutes off the bench.
Lee Flenor led all players with 15 rebounds, including 4 offensive rebounds to accompany his 8 points.
The Jaguars held an early 9-5 lead after a dunk from Timmy Sellers with 16 minutes left to play in the first half. After allowing the Pacers to go on a small scoring run, two made free throws by Darren Lucas-White tied the game at 18. The back and forth play continued for the entirety of the contest with Lee Flenor tying the game with a jump shot with 2 seconds left in the first half.
Neither team led by more than 5 points in the second half. Sharp shooting by the visiting team put the Jaguars within one with 10 seconds to play, but Augusta eventually fell 63-64.
The Jaguars return to action Saturday when they travel to take on North Georgia at 3:30pm. 300 fans are allowed on a first come-first serve basis. All games can be viewed on the PBC Sports Network.
Fans of Jaguar Athletics can subscribe to the email listserve by clicking here. Fans can follow Augusta University at www.AugustaJags.com and receive short updates on Facebook at Augusta University Athletics and on Twitter at @AugustaJags