Originally created 02/08/98

Jags end skid, beat Senators



After the Augusta State-Lander game, Jaguar forward Demetric Taylor knelt down at midcourt and did something he hasn't done all season. He wept and he prayed.

And for the first time since Dec. 18 he had a reason because the Jaguars upset the Senators 81-78 at the Tuell Shed ending a 13-game losing streak.

"I was just overcome with emotion," Taylor said. "I can't explain it. I just stayed there and cried."

Augusta State (3-19, 1-12 Peach Belt) trailed the majority of the game and was down 41-27 at the half. Lander (11-11, 5-8) led 74-64 with 5:10 left in game, but the Jaguars took their first lead since 11:55 in the first half at 79-78 on Oliver Ottley's back-door cut with 1:05 remaining. Ottley was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but Taylor grabbed the rebound and put it back in for two of his 20 second-half points.

"I came off a screen and he (guard Frank Burau) passed it to me. I put my body into the man and I knew he was going to foul me," said Ottley, who had a game-high 27 points.

With 15 seconds left and a three-point lead, Augusta State watched Lander's Kacey Martin and Hunter Roark miss game-tying three pointers.

"It's like coming out of the desert after two months without water," Augusta State coach Gary Tuell said about the win. "Tonight we were overmatched in physical size, but we played with a lot of heart."

The Jaguars' win prevented them from setting a Peach Belt record for consecutive home losses and it was also their first win against Lander since the 1992-93 season.

In women's action, Lawanna Monday scored a season-high 30 points, leading the Lady Jaguars to an 80-75 win over the Lady Senators.

Monday with her fifth point became the all-time leading scorer in Peach Belt history. She now has 2,009 career points.

"I wasn't really looking to score today," Monday said. "We have a lot of scorers on the team. I was just trying to concentrate on playing good defense."

Augusta State (14-8, 7-6) led Lander (7-10, 6-7) 74-73 with 51 seconds left. The Jaguars' Britton Thomas air-balled a jumper, but Claire Servy saved the ball - and the Jags - connecting on a layup with 28 seconds left in the game and two seconds on the shot clock.

LANDER (78)- Ray Mullins 1-1 0-0 3, Terrance Powell 7-10 3-4 21, Wayne Riley 3-4 1-2 7, Kacey Martin 4-9 1-1 11, David Loboja 7-9 5-6 22, Julius Williams 2-3 4-5 8, Donell King 0-3 2-2 2, Hunter Roark 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 25-42 18-22 78.

AUGUSTA STATE (81)- Jamaal McClain 1-3 0-0 3, Frank Burau 4-5 0-0 12, Torris Woolfolk 2-3 1-2 5, Oliver Ottley 10-17 5-8 27, Demetric Taylor 7-8 7-9 23, Leon Brunson 2-4 4-4 9, Chris Paige 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-43 17-23 81.

Halftime- Lander 41-27.

3-pointers- Lander 10-16 (Mullins 1-1, Powell 4-6, Martin 2-4, Loboja 3-3, King 0-1, Roark 0-1), Augusta State 10-17 (McClain 1-2, Burau 4-5, Ottley 2-4, Taylor 2-2, Brunson 1-3, Paige 0-1). Rebounds- Lander 19 (Riley 6), Augusta State 15 (Taylor 6). Assists- Lander 18 (Williams, Mullins 4), Augusta State 21 (McClain 7). Turnovers- Lander 21, Augusta State 19. A- 250.

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LANDER (75)- Latia Dixon 1-5 2-2 5, Shorell Harrison 2-4 2-4 6, Jackie Entzminger 7-13 0-1 14, Cindy Koone 3-4 0-0 6, Maggie McDermott 5-12 1-2 11, Toyal Jackson 5-9 2-5 12, Christina Skipper 6-11 3-3 17, Christy Burrows 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 29-60 14-21 75.

AUGUSTA STATE (80)- Christy Bromley 1-5 7-10 9, Aimee Haygood 3-5 1-2 7, Britton Thomas 4-5 0-0 8, Lawanna Monday 7-15 14-16 30, Claire Servy 8-11 0-1 16, Candy Pankey 2-3 0-0 4, Kristina Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Patty Mabry 0-3 0-0 0, Courtney Reid 3-8 0-0 6, Tamiko Benton 0-2 0-0, June James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 22-29 80.

Halftime- Augusta State 37-35.

3-point goals- Lander 3-10 (Dixon 1-1, McDermott 0-3, Skipper 2-6), Augusta State 2-4 (Monday 2-2, Haygood 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounds- Lander 38 (Entzminger 17), Augusta State 28 (Monday 10). Assists- Lander 19 (Dixon, Harrison 6), Augusta State 21 (Bromley 8). Turnovers- Lander 26, Augusta State 15. Fouled out- Entzminger, Monday. A- 248.