Christenberry Fieldhouse was filled with blue and white on both sides as Georgia Southern defeated Augusta University 88-67 on Friday night in a game to benefit those in need.
The NCAA granted Augusta University a waiver for a second exhibition, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of recent hurricanes.
For the Jaguars, it was their second exhibition against a Division-I opponent in as many days. They fell to Clemson 80-56 in Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday night.
Tamyrik Fields led the Jaguars with 24 points against Georgia Southern.
Augusta began Friday’s game showing great ball movement, which opened up a few shots on the perimeter. The beneficiaries included forward Tyvez Monroe and guard Aaron Byrd, who landed threes from beyond the arc. The Jags led by as many as 11 in the first half.
The rest of the first half, however, was all Georgia Southern. The Eagles rattled off 20 consecutive points to take an 11-point lead. The Eagles went into halftime with a 42-28 lead.
Versatile Georgia Southern guards Tookie Brown and Ike Smith, both preseason All Sun-Belt selections, each led the Eagles with 11 points in the first half. Brown ended with 27 points.
“We wanted to attack them inside,” said Augusta State coach Dip Metress. “We got thrown for a curveball, they ran a 1-2-2 which we hadn’t really prepared for. That really hurt us, that can change the tempo of the game. We turned the ball over – that was the turning point.”
In true exhibition fashion, both coaches used their benches to the fullest.