With Augusta State down late, Harold Doby kept begging for – and getting – the ball.
The Jaguar forward scored seven consecutive points in a key stretch Saturday night to help Augusta State pull past Georgia Southwestern, 57-52, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
“I got in my comfort zone,” said Doby, who matched a career high with 22 points. “I was hoping to get the ball down there and score.”
Augusta State improved to 10-7 overall, 6-3 in Peach Belt Conference play.
The Jaguars, after suffering their worst loss of the season Monday at USC Aiken, notched their second consecutive win in the closing moments.
“We got kicked pretty good at Aiken,” Augusta State coach Dip Metress said. “But our guys didn’t hang their heads.”
The Jaguars got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 24-9 lead.
Augusta State led by double digits in the second half, but guard Evan Mobley started going to work. After Hurricanes leading scorer and rebounder Phillip Brown left the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee just before intermission, Mobley took up the scoring burden.
He posted 21 of his game-high 32 points after halftime.
Mobley converted a three-point play to stake Georgia Southwestern to a 52-48 lead with 4:11 remaining. O’Neal Armstrong then blanketed Mobley the rest of the game, and Mobley took – and missed – just one shot the final four minutes.
“He turned it on in the second half,” Armstrong said. “I made up my mind at the five-minute mark that I couldn’t let him score anymore.”
Doby swished two free throws to pull the Jaguars within 52-50. Then after a Hurricanes turnover, Doby drove the baseline for a game-tying dunk.
After Mobley missed a 3-pointer, Devon Wright-Nelson drove in for a layup. Augusta State led 54-52 with 2:18 to go,
The Jaguars scored the final nine points of the game. Georgia Southwestern missed its final four shots and posted three turnovers the final four minutes.