Jaren Harris wasn't in the Rams' starting lineup to begin the season, but after leading Albany State in scoring in two of the first three games, he'll likely never see the bench the rest of the year following Monday's 25-point outburst in a road victory against Tuskegee.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Jaren Harris scored a game-high 22 points Monday night at Tuskegee to lead the Albany State men’s basketball team to its first win of the season.
Harris shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-9 from behind the arc, and the Rams (1-2, 1-1) won the conference matchup, 86-61.
"We finally played like I feel like we're capable of," ASU coach Chris Cameron said. "We were good on defense, especially. It feels good to get this first win."
Three players scored in double figures for the Rams, who barely lost their season opener to Valdosta on Nov. 22 and then lost by 11 to LeMoyne-Owen College in the Dec. 1 conference opener. Behind Harris’ 22 points, Michael Tippins had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Rachard Lofton had 13 points.
The Rams led, 39-29, at halftime and then continued to pull away in the second half, which they opened up with a 21-8 run.
Next up, ASU is at home Dec. 13 against Brewton Parker College and then on the road Dec. 15 at Claflin and Dec. 17 at Miles.
TUSKEGEE WOMEN 82, ALBANY STATE 59: While the Albany State men notched their first win of the season, the Lady Rams fell to 0-5 and 0-2 in the conference.
ASU was led by former Bainbridge star April Thomas’ 21 points, while Arneshia Williams scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.
It was ball control that ultimately doomed the youthful Lady Rams, who committed 28 turnovers. They trailed by just three points at halftime, but Tuskegee outscored the Lady Rams, 47-27, in the second half.
After opening up its season with five straight road games, ASU will finally be at home Monday against Valdosta State. The Lady Rams opened up the regular season on Nov. 22 with an 11-point loss to the Lady Blazers.