Jaguars shoot lights out in heated win


Before the game got testy and players lost their cool, George Johnson already posted his best performance in an Augusta State uniform.

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Jaguars guard George Johnson (center) exchanges words with Life's Ramon Walker just before both were ejected. Johnson scored 20 points in 21 minutes to power Augusta State's rout.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Jaguars guard George Johnson (center) exchanges words with Life's Ramon Walker just before both were ejected. Johnson scored 20 points in 21 minutes to power Augusta State's rout.

The senior guard scored 20 points in 21 minutes Wednesday night and the Jaguars breezed to a 101-66 win over Life at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Johnson, a transfer from Gannon, shot 9 for 10 from the field, with two 3-pointers. He added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"He just got hot," said junior guard Tye Beal, Johnson's former high school teammate. "It was only a matter of time."

With 17:17 remaining and Augusta State up 63-31, Johnson's game suddenly came to an end. As Johnson drove to the basket, Life's Ramon Walker took him down to the floor in a headlock. After the intentional foul, Johnson and Walker exchanged heated words. Walker tossed a punch, before Johnson retaliated with a shot that landed short of Walker's face. Both players were ejected after referees called them each for a flagrant foul.

Because he wasn't ejected for fighting, Johnson will not miss the Jaguars' Dec. 2 game at Paine. Johnson was unavailable for comment after the contest.

Augusta State, No. 20 in Division II, improved to 4-0 after a heated game that featured four technical fouls. Lost in the commotion, the Jaguars shot 65 percent from the field on 27 assists.

Ben Purser scored a career-high 19 points for Augusta State, while Caleb Brown added 16, Franck Ndongo 15 and Beal 11.

Johnson opened the season with a 20-point effort against Anderson, then struggled to find the basket the next two games, shooting a combined 3 for 21. He entered the game shooting a team-worst 31 percent from the field.

Johnson got off to a slow start, missing an early 3-pointer. Midway through the half, he picked up a steal and drove in for a fastbreak lay-in. From there, the game slowed down for him.

With Augusta State up eight, Purser found Johnson cutting to the basket for a layup. Johnson then knocked down a 10-foot shot in the lane. After Life's Tony Reese swished two free throws, Johnson flew down court for a layup. Two minutes later, Johnson dropped in an 18-foot rainbow from the top of key.

With Johnson's effort, the Jaguars shot a season-best 72 percent from the field in the first half and took a 53-27 lead at the break.

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spottedtail 11/25/10 - 08:13 am
Life made the mistake by

Life made the mistake by trying to fight with our players so they lost and we took the life out of LIFE

Riverman1 11/25/10 - 09:46 am
Jags are off to another great

Jags are off to another great start. Dip has to be noticed by a big school before long. He is an amazing coach.

TheChairman 11/25/10 - 11:53 am
PJ Meyers' family should be

PJ Meyers' family should be embarrased by his lack of sportsmanship, and respect by his display last night.. I am glad ASU does not recruit his kind... he is an embarrasment to Josey and his family.

Theblues 11/25/10 - 12:56 pm
I am an ASU fan. I did not

I am an ASU fan. I did not like the attitude of Life's players. The coaches left the team to do as they wished after the game. I am thankful for the players who tried to stop #3 PJ Meyers from being more of a jerk. However, I am very ashamed on the lady ASU fan who needs to keep her BIG mouth shut. She is an embarrassment to the Fans who represent ASU. You need to stay home until you can control your mouth.

JM88 11/25/10 - 01:05 pm
Riverman, unless Dip gets an

Riverman, unless Dip gets an offer to become the head coach of a D1 school, I don't think he's going anywhere. He's talked about how much the support at ASU has grown since he's been there. He's truly built a program here in Augusta. The way he can lose star players such as A.J. Bowman, Garret Siler and Ben Madgen and quickly replace them with the likes of Freddie Brathwaite, Alex Smith and George Johnson is a testament to how far ASU has come. If there's such a thing as a "destination school" in D2, ASU is it.

DowntownJaguar 11/25/10 - 03:26 pm
I wish PJ Meyer had talked

I wish PJ Meyer had talked trash to Hockeymann. That would have been epic.

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