K.J. Sherrill scored 10 points in a key three-minute stretch late in the second half as No. 24 Georgia Regents pulled away for an 83-69 win over Young Harris at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Sherrill shouldered the offensive burden again, scoring 20 or more points for the fourth consecutive game. He shot 6 for 10 from the floor for a team-high 20 points with eight boards and five assists.
“That’s a big relief having him out there,” said guard Devonte Thomas, who posted 18 points and seven rebounds. “It opens a lot of people up – Keshun (Sherrill) up top, D’Angelo (Boyce), (Harold) Doby. You give it to him and everybody collapses on him. He’s just good at kicking it out and making plays for himself as well.”
It’s been a roller-coaster week for Georgia Regents, which defeated then-No. 7 USC Aiken the previous Saturday. The Jaguars then lost by four on the road to conference cellar-dwellar Clayton State on Wednesday.
With six games remaining – four at home – Georgia Regents (18-4, 11-2) still controls its own destiny. The Jaguars can win the Peach Belt Conference regular season title for the first time in three years if they win out.
“We went to Aiken and had a battle down there,” K.J. Sherrill said. “Then we went into the other game and I guess we were still happy about the win over Aiken and didn’t really focus. We came out today and listened to what coach said in practice and executed.”
“We’ve had some bad losses, but we’re still in this thing,” Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress said. “I told our guys just to enjoy the journey. After the win over Aiken, I think people started thinking about the destination of postseason play. It’s a long journey. It’s up and down. Enjoy the journey and don’t worry about the destination.”
The Jaguar journey continued without team leading scorer Ryan Weems, who suffered a sprained ankle the previous Saturday at USC Aiken and hasn’t played since.
Weems is questionable for Thursday’s home game against Columbus State, Metress said.
Georgia Regents led Young Harris by 11 early in the second half. The Mountain Lions, behind Herdie Lawrence’s 25 points, clawed back into the game and pulled with three. Keshun Sherrill, who scored 16 points, made a 3-pointer to stake the Jaguars to a 55-49 lead with 10:16 remaining.
Georgia Regents nursed a four-point lead when K.J. Sherrill took over.After draining two free throws, the elder Sherrill knocked down two jumpers before canning a 16-foot baseline shot. Then, he added a layup for his 10th consecutive point. Thomas made a 3-pointer to cap the 13-2 run. The Jaguars led 65-53 with 5:11 left in the game.
Georgia Regents shot 64 percent from the field in the second half. The Jaguars also out-rebounded the Mountain Lions, 34-23, and dished out 23 assists.
“We’re still kind of figuring this thing out,” Metress said. “We’ve got a solid team.”