Hurricanes lose third straight against Augusta University

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AUGUSTA – The Georgia Southwestern State University Men’s Basketball Team dropped their third straight game last Saturday, losing to Augusta University 87-69

R.J. Sessions led the Hurricanes in scoring with 25 points. He scored 15 consecutive points midway through the second half by going 6 of 6 from the field. During that time, the Hurricanes cut the deficit to 10 points, but that would be as close as they would get.

Augusta’s Tamyrik Fields led all scorers with 34 points, one point shy of the most allowed by GSW to an opposing player this season.

The loss drops the Hurricanes to 9-6 overall and 5-6 in the Peach Belt Conference. Augusta, on the other hand, has won two of its last three games, improving their overall record to 9-8 and 6-5 in the PBC.

The Hurricanes had a five-game winning streak going, the longest in five years. Since then, however, they have lost by an average of 20 points per game over this three-game slide.

The Jaguars shot 72.7 percent from the field in the second half, making 16 of 22 shots. GSW went 16 of 28 (57.1 percent) over the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t close the divide.

This was the first time this season that the Hurricanes lost when shooting 50 percent or better. Much of this was due to the hot shooting of the Jaguars. Augusta shot 64.7 percent for the game and pulled down 13 more rebounds than the Hurricanes. GSW was limited to a season-low 19 rebounds.

On a positive note, senior forward Hasaan Buggs moved up to second in the PBC in shooting percentage after going 8 of 11 from the field against the Jaguars.