Augusta State overcame a strong shooting performance from Lander thanks to senior forward Tyrekus "A.J." Bowman.
Bowman scored 28 and the 18th-ranked Jaguars won their fourth in a row with an 88-76 victory over Lander on Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
With Peach Belt Conference leader No. 7 USC Aiken (12-1, 6-0) idle, Augusta State (10-3, 5-1) pulled within one game of the league lead.
The two rivals face each other at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Augusta.
"We found a way to win tonight," said Jaguars coach Dip Metress, who improved to 3-3 against Lander.
"Championship teams find a way to win."
Bowman posted his 13th consecutive game with double digits scoring. The senior forward shot 11-for-17 from the field and added six rebounds and six assists.
Center Garret Siler recorded his fifth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 boards. Guard Ben Madgen shook off a slow start to finish with 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting, including a pair of second-half 3-pointers.
"I was really glad to see Ben make two," Metress said, "because it seems like he hadn't made any since Santa Claus came."
Guard Daniel Dixon added 14 points, while sixth man Demetrius Howard finished with 12.
Lander's Zach Evans shot 5-for-5 from the perimeter in the first half for 19 points before intermission.
The Bearcats (5-7, 2-3) shot 46 percent from the field, including a 15-for-26 effort from 3-point range. Evans finished the evening with a season-high 29. Houston Wright added 17.
Augusta State trailed by as many as 13 after Dane Sparrow drilled a 3-pointer with 6:13 left in the first half.
Howard came off the bench and knocked down three 3-pointers down the stretch to trim the deficit. Augusta State used a 21-8 run to close the half and take the lead back.
Bowman's tip-in off Madgen's missed 3-point attempt at the buzzer gave the Jaguars a 41-40 halftime lead.
Augusta State returns to action when it plays host to North Georgia on Saturday.
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org