Harold Doby made up for lost time Saturday night.
The Georgia Regents senior forward posted a double-double as the Jaguars opened the season with a 90-80 victory over Tusculum at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
“I was excited. It felt good to be back,” Doby said. “I thought I was a step behind on everything, but I hadn’t played a game since Jan. 16.”
Doby missed the final 16 games last season after he was suspended on a gun charge that was dropped in May. In his return, Doby did a little bit of everything in his 33 minutes on the floor.
Doby posted a game-high 23 points on 6 for 10 shooting. He also added 13 rebounds and three assists, and he played valuable defense not seen on the stat sheet.
“He was ready to play,” Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. “I’m glad he’s out there.”
Georgia Regents (1-0), who play host to Anderson at 4 p.m. today in the finale of the PBC-SAC Challenge, scored the first five points of the game and never trailed. The Jaguars shot 43 percent from the field and made 33 of 48 attempts (69 percent) from the foul line.
With the return of Doby and the addition of 6-foot-8 center K.J. Sherrill, along with 6-9 forwards Henry McCarthy and Witalij Martynow, the Jaguars showed plenty of size around the basket. Georgia Regents scored 34 points inside the paint and won the rebounding battle, 50-33.
“Our size kind of altered some shots,” Metress said. “We played big around the basket. We did a good job rebounding.”
Freshman point guard Keshun Sherrill posted 16 points and four assists in his debut, while K.J. Sherrill added 11 points. Ryan Weems chipped in with 15 points, while Ronell Crockett added 10.
Crockett opened the game with a turnaround jumper from the baseline, while Doby followed with a layup and a free throw.Though Tusculum pulled within two midway through the first half, the Jaguars flexed their offensive muscle, responding with a 13-4 run.
Keshun Sherrill swished a 3-pointer, while Ryan Weems added another three. Doby placed the exclamation point on the spurt with an alley-oop dunk from Sherrill. Georgia Regents went into intermission with a 43-30 lead and never looked back.
Jalen Walker scored 20 points, while Addison Flynn added 17 to lead Tusculum (0-1).