After Georgia Regents threw away a chance to sneak out of Christenberry Fieldhouse with a win Sunday, Chandler Hash continued his career performance.
The Anderson senior guard made a pair of late free throws in his 42-point effort to lead the Trojans to a 91-86 win over the Jaguars.
Hash, who eclipsed last season’s high-water mark of 38 points, posted one of the top individual efforts against Georgia Regents (1-1). Hash made five 3-pointers as part of a 10 for 19 performance from the field. The 6-foot Hash also used his quickness to initiate contact and make his way to the foul line, where he shot 17 for 18.
“My teammates trust me to shoot it and that I’m going to make it,” said Hash, a first-team, All-South Atlantic Conference guard. “I have a lot of confidence because of their confidence in me.”
“Good player. I respect him. He was knocking down open shots,” Jaguar senior center K.J. Sherrill said. “He’s a leader out there. They respect him.”
Anderson (2-0) took advantage of the free-throw line, making 31 of its 32 attempts (97 percent). Georgia Regents shot 24 for 33 (74 percent) from the line.
Sherrill led the Jaguars with 19 points, but he shot 3 for 8 from the foul line. Keshun Sherrill chipped in with 15 points, while Ryan Weems added 14 and Devonte Thomas 12. Harold Doby posted his second consecutive double-double, with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Anderson jumped out to a 22-10 advantage and led for most of the game. The Trojans appeared to have the game in hand at 85-78 with 1:08 remaining, but the Jaguars created some late magic.
After a Weems layup, Anderson’s Myles Daniel was called for an offensive foul. After another Weems layup, Hash tossed a high pass that led to another turnover. Then, Keshun Sherrill made a 15-foot jumper. Georgia Regents trailed 85-84 with 18 seconds remaining.
On the inbounds play, Daniel threw a wide pass to Hash, who caught it and stepped out of bounds. Jaguars coach Dip Metress drew up a quick-scoring play – a back-door screen – for K.J. Sherrill, the team’s 6-foot-8 center. But D’Angelo Boyce’s inbounds lob pass never made it to Sherrill. Hash intercepted the ball, got fouled and pushed the margin to three with a pair of free throws.
“We threw the pass too low,” Metress said. “We didn’t have any timeouts left and had to get something quick.”
Anderson closed out the Jaguars with six free throws in the final 15 seconds.
After the game, Metress was flustered with the new NCAA rule that prevents defenders from hand-checking players. In two contests, Georgia Regents, which likes to play man-to-man defense, has been called for 43 fouls.
“The thing we have to figure out is the way this is being called now, can you guard people?” Metress said. “It’s not just me. It’s a bunch of people trying to figure this out.”