K.J. Sherrill leads Georgia Regents to victory

Georgia Regents 91, Armstrong Atlantic State 78

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K.J. Sherrill couldn’t miss Thurday night. Didn’t miss. He swished all 10 of his shot attempts, a banner effort for the senior center.

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The Pirates' Kenny Bellinger II (left) fouls the Jaguars' Devonte Thomas during the second half at Christenberry Fieldhouse.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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The Pirates' Kenny Bellinger II (left) fouls the Jaguars' Devonte Thomas during the second half at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

And his younger brother, freshman point guard Keshun, enjoyed the view on the court.

“It’s a great sight and it’s a great feeling to see him knocking shots down,” Keshun Sherrill said. “To see anybody knocking shots like that down is a great feeling.”

K.J. Sherrill scored 24 points, Keshun Sherrill added 16 as Georgia Regents bounced Armstrong Atlantic State, 91-78, at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

With the victory, Georgia Regents (16-3, 9-1) pulled within a game of No. 9 USC Aiken (18-2, 10-0) for the Peach Belt Conference East Division lead. The Jaguars play the Pacers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Aiken.

“They’re the best team in our league, no doubt, and arguably the best team in the region,” Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress said about the Pacers. “Our goal is just to keep getting better. Are we ready for them right now? I’m not sure.”

After a Jan. 20 road loss to Georgia College, the Jaguars have bounced back with a pair of 90-point efforts. Against the Pirates, Georgia Regents shot 63 percent from the field, with Ryan Weems adding 16 points.

Senior forward Harold Doby played his most minutes – and recorded his best game – in his fourth contest back after missing six weeks following foot surgery. In 23 minutes, Doby scored 12 points and added four assists and two rebounds.

“That’s ‘Mr. Energy’ right there,” K.J. Sherrill said. “When he comes in, he seems to get everybody better. Whether he plays good or not, he makes us better.”

The Sherrill brothers each scored in double digits for the second consecutive game. They combined for 33 points in the previous contest at UNC Pembroke. Against the Pirates, they combined to shoot 14 for 17 from the floor, including a 5 for 5 effort from the perimeter. Keshun drained four 3-pointers and added six assists (two to K.J.).

“They’ve got a little peanut butter and jelly thing going,” Metress said. “They play off each other. They really have good instincts.”

K.J. Sherrill opened the game with a basket and Keshun Sherrill followed with a 3-pointer as the team eventually built a 45-33 halftime lead. The Pirates trimmed a 21-point deficit to nine with 6:54 remaining. Weems responded with a three-point play and then canned a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 15.

Armstrong Atlantic State (6-13, 3-9) shot 47 percent from the floor after a sluggish first half. The Pirates outrebounded the Jaguars, 37-29, but they also shot just 11 for 22 from the foul line.

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