Guard's play off bench sparks Jags

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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