On the other end of the floor, Paine College is looking to snap a long losing streak to its rival – even if it means playing without some key cogs.
The Jaguars play host to the Lions at Christenberry Fieldhouse in their annual meeting.
“I think (Georgia Regents) is going to be really good,” Paine coach Jimmy Link said. “Outside of a win, we just want to get better. We’re going up against a good team. It’ll be like playing against a team in the (NCAA) Tournament. Stinks we don’t have all our guys, but that’s how it goes.”
Paine (4-2) is led by guards Kenny Fluellen (14.7) scoring average and Kedric Taylor (14.2). But center Toby Veal, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth, and forward Jerel Stephenson likely won’t be eligible to play until Dec. 10 or 11, Link said.
Georgia Regents won last season’s contest at Paine, 66-59, to extend their winning streak to nine. The Jaguars own a 25-15 advantage over Paine, and Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress is 16-1 against the Lions.
Led by Ryan Weems (16.0 scoring average) and Harold Doby (15.4 points, 9.4 boards), Georgia Regents (3-2) notched key road wins at Shaw and Bowie State earlier in the month, with forward Devon Wright-Nelson giving the team a boost off the bench. Wright-Nelson, who was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge a month ago, had his case dropped.
The Jaguars dropped a Tuesday night overtime affair at Benedict, where they had a 10-minute stretch when the offense was “discombobulated,” Metress said. Georgia Regents, which shot 20 of 29 from the free-throw line at Benedict, is shooting 66 percent from the foul line. That number has gotten progressively worse since the 2010-11 season when the team shot 78 percent from the line.
“Brutal. We’ve made as many free throws as the other teams have attempted,” Metress said. “It’s obviously a concern. It’s something we’re taking more time than usual on. We’ve got to. That’s a glaring weakness that’s been consistent throughout all our games.”
In the women’s contest, Paine’s Ashley Watts will take her 30.5 scoring average up against Georgia Regents.
The Lady Lions (1-3) dropped last season’s game to the Jaguars (1-3), when Watts was held to 14 points.