Guard's play off bench sparks Jags

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O’Neal Armstrong doesn’t mind coming off the bench.

And after two games of doing so, he’s beginning to produce big numbers for Augusta State.

The senior guard scored a career-high 23 points tonight to help lead the Jaguars to a 72-64 win over Lander at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Augusta State improved to 7-6 overall, 3-2 in Peach Belt Conference play. The Jaguars snapped Lander’s six-game winning streak and have won 10 in a row against the Bearcats.

Augusta State now embarks upon a three-game road trip, including Monday’s contest at East Division leader USC Aiken (10-2, 4-0). The Jaguars will close out January with seven games in a 15-day stretch.

“We’ve got seven games before my milk goes bad in my refrigerator,” Augusta State coach Dip Metress said. “So we had to get this win. I was real proud of the way guys stepped up.”

Armstrong helped fill the void of leading scorer Harold Doby, who served a one-game suspension due to an altercation Saturday. Armstrong, who scored 11 points in the previous game against North Georgia, shot 8 for 13 from the field, with five 3-pointers.

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