LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: ASU men split weekend basketball games

Rams beat AUM and lost to Saint Leo

SAINT LEO, Fla. — The Albany State men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Carver College on Tuesday but was able to bounce back Friday with a 70-59 victory against Auburn University-Montgomery.

On Saturday, however, the Rams fell to host Saint Leo (Fla.) University, 96-62, after getting behind by double digits in the opening four minutes and never recovering.

Joe Williams led the Rams with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Larry Bullock and Jamorris Gaines each added 10 points. Albany State is now 3-5 and will play again Jan. 2 at home against Kentucky State.

On Friday, Williams led a list of five double-figure scorers with 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Rams.

Both teams found points difficult to come by for the first five minutes of the game. Eric Martin’s dunk at the 15:28 mark finally got the Rams on the scoreboard and ignited an early 8-0 lead for ASU. It became a lead Albany State would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

The War Hawks managed to tie the game at 23 with 4:09 left in the first half, but Albany State broke the tie with a key 12-1 run that led to a 35-24 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Rams continued to build on their lead and fought off several runs by AUM. A basket by Gaines with 16:53 left in the game provided ASU with its biggest lead at 41-27.

AUM did close to within two, 41-39, with 14:26 to play but didn’t get any closer after ASU answered with a 9-0 lead to pull away.

Gaines finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Albany State. Rachard Lofton added 11 points and seven rebounds,Bullock had 11 points and James Lodman added 10 points.

HURRICANES STAY PERFECT: The No. 24 Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team survived a late surge by Georgia College on Saturday to win its Peach Belt Conference opener, 75-73.

The win improved GSW’s record to 9-0 overall, extending the program’s best record since joining the NCAA.

Jamon Hawkins led the Hurricanes with 20 points, while Darius Redding (16 points), Daryl Davis (12 points) and Kevin Burnell (10 points) all scored in double figures.

The GSW women fell to Georgia College, 69-58, and are now 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the PBC. Danyelle Jones (15 points) and Jasmine McSwain (12 points) were the leading scorers for the Lady Hurricanes, who play again Saturday at Clayton State in a doubleheader with the men.

DARTON’S WIN STREAK SNAPPED: Darton saw its six-game winning streak snapped Saturday in Americus, where the South Georgia Tech Lady Jets won in dominating fashion, 66-43.

The Lady Jets, who have now won three in a row and are a perfect 4-0 at home, were led by guard Shameekia Murray, who scored 20 of her game-high 22 points to help SGTC jump out to a 30-19 lead at halftime.

Darton was led by Shanea Armbrister’s 17 points, while Iesha Bonner added 10 points.

Darton, which started the season ranked 10th in the country but dropped out of the latest NJCAA Top 25 poll, is now 9-4 overall and plays again Wednesday at Albany Tech. South Georgia Tech (11-3) plays again Tuesday at Georgia Highlands.