Britton and Jones Lead Trojans Past Wingate

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ANDERSON, S.C. – Senior forward Trey Britton notched his second double-double of the season and freshman guard Denzail Jones tallied a game-high 20 points as the Anderson men’s basketball team downed Wingate, 83-72, in South Atlantic Conference play Wednesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.

Anderson (12-7, 6-3 SAC), which has not dropped back-to-back contests this season, reached the midway point of the conference schedule by winning its second in the last three outings. Wingate (10-7, 5-4 SAC) had its’ two-game win streak snapped with the loss.

The Trojans took an early 4-2 advantage in the opening two minutes of action and led throughout the remainder of the game. AU connected on five of its first eight shots to jump out to a 14-6 lead with 13:57 left in the first half, then built a 16-point cushion, its largest of the game, behind a 12-4 run over the next six minutes.

Wingate’s Chase Smith and freshman guard Nick Ross countered with back-to-back 3-pointers, but AU center Taylor Shugart stemmed the ‘Dogs rally with a short jumper and the Trojans held a 40-30 halftime advantage.      

Anderson came out of the break cold from the field, misfiring on its’ first four attempts from the field, but Wingate was unable to capitalize as the Bulldogs also missed their first three shots of the second half.

The Trojans edged out to their largest lead of the second half, 50-35, on Britton’s old-fashioned three-point play and maintained a double-digit advantage for the majority of the second frame.   

Anderson outscored the Bulldogs, 36-20, in the paint and forced 21 turnovers on the night, while Wingate held a 35-32 rebounding advantage.

Jones led all scorers with 20 points, while Shugart added 13 points and five rebounds. Britton and Tyrell McDowell netted 12 points apiece, with Britton adding 10 boards and four blocked shots.

Four Bulldogs also reached double figures, as Ross netted 18 points on the strength of 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc and Smith dropped in 17 points. Jamie Vaughn chipped in 15 points and Odell Turner notched 11.  

The Trojans open the second half of the South Atlantic Conference slate by visiting Brevard College Saturday afternoon. The Tornados handed AU its first of just two home setbacks, 85-84, in the league-opener for both teams in early December. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium.

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