By Allen Sports Information,
The Yellow Jackets bounce back with a win over Augusta University.
Columbia, S.C. – The Yellow Jackets defeated Augusta University 72-68 in a home game at the John Hurst Adams Gym on Sunday to improve to 5-3 on the season.
Virgil Lackey (JR/Cincinnati, OH) led all players in scoring with 18 points despite not starting the game for the Jackets. Maleek Taylor (SR/Riverdale, GA) followed up with 15 points of his own, and Cameron Sembly (SR/Indianapolis, IN) and Darius Williams (JR/Sumter, SC) contributed 11 points apiece in the Jackets’ victory over the Jaguars.
Lackey, Taylor, and Williams made timely shots down the stretch and for a combined 32 second-half points. It took a collaborative team effort on both sides of the ball to earn the victory, and the Jackets got it done impressively.
Scoring went back and forth between the Jackets and Jaguars throughout the game. Williams drained a pair of pivotal 3-pointers to sway momentum back in the Jackets’ favor in the second half. Reggie Reynolds (SO/Sparta, GA) also hit two big shots from behind the arc in the first half to help the Jackets carry a 34-30 lead into halftime. Reynolds, who was matched with Jaguars’ 7’1″ center Tyrone Crawford for much of the game, finished with 9 points and five rebounds.
After exiting the game against Benedict with an injury the day before, guard Marcus Cohen (SR/Tampa, FL) was immediately inserted back into the Jackets’ starting lineup. He did not miss a beat while resuming his tenacious playmaking duties for the Jackets as he led all players in the game with 12 assists and five steals.
“This was definitely our best defensive game of the year. I was proud of my guys and how they bounced back after a loss to our rival Benedict. They played with that toughness and heart that we have been looking for, and it paid off today because we needed against a very tough and big Augusta team. Augusta is one of the best programs in the NCAA Division II with a legendary coach Dip Mitress, whom I respect. This was a big win for our program moving forward,” stated Coach James.
With the calendar turning to March, only four games – in four straight days – remain for the Yellow Jackets as they approach the end of the season. On Wednesday, March 3, the Jackets will hit the road to play Savannah State and then travel to Tuskegee University on Thursday before returning home for their final two home games of this abbreviated season.
From there, the Jackets will look to finish the 2021 season on a high note in back-to-back home games against Salem University on Friday, March 5, and a rematch with Benedict College on Saturday, March 6.