Shugart Becomes Eighth Player in School History to Reach 1,000 Career Points
Shugart Becomes Eighth Player in School History to Reach 1,000 Career Points

League-Leading Anderson Earns Road Win Past Mars Hill

Shugart Reaches 1,000 Career Point Milestone

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MARS HILL, N.C. – With five players reaching doubled figures for the third time this season, Anderson downed Mars Hill, 87-74, in South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena.  

Anderson (16-4, 11-1 SAC) pulled away late to claim its second consecutive win and its 13th win in the last 15 games, while Mars Hill (4-17, 2-10 SAC) dropped its fourth straight and 11th of its last 12.

Anderson jumped out to a quick lead, building a 25-11-point lead with 11:45 remaining in the first half. Junior guard Denzail Jones paced the quick start for the Trojans, scoring 17 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting. With AU holding a 31-22 lead, the Lions posted a 14-4 run that gave MHC a 36-35 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first half. Freshman guard Terrell Harris scored six points during the run, while senior forward Sammy Emile added five.

The lead was brief however, as Anderson’s D.J. McGowan scored the final five points of the half to give AU a 40-36 lead at intermission despite being held to just 29.3 percent shooting (12-of-41). In the first half, the Lions connected on 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) of their field goal attempts.

With the Trojans leading, 59-47, with 13:06 remaining in the contest, Mars Hill used a 13-3 run to trim the Anderson lead to just 62-60 with 9:44 left. Emile scored eight of the points in the run with a 3-pointer and five free throws, while JaShawn Anderson contributed a pair of free throws during the stretch.

The Trojans responded with the deciding run as an 18-4 surge over the next six minutes gave Anderson an 80-66 lead with 3:28 left to put the game out of reach. The Trojans notched nine points during the run from the charity stripe. Sophomore Chandler Hash scored eight points, and senior guard Nick Trull added five during the game's deciding stretch. On the afternoon, the Trojans connected on 32-of-41 free throw attempts (78 percent), while the Lions converted 22-of-39 (56.4 percent) from the charity stripe.

Anderson held a 57-37 rebounding edge, including 24 offensive boards that produced a 25-3 advantage in second-chance points for the Trojans.

Jones paced the Trojans with 20 points, while Trull added an all-around effort for the Trojans, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and five assists for his third career double-double. Taylor Shugart added 13 points, becoming just the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points with his sixth point at the 4:26 mark of the first half. Sophomore Chandler Hash chipped in 12 and senior Stephen Cobb netted 10 for the Trojans.

Mars Hill forward Sammy Emile also eclipsed 1,000-point milestone for his career with a 28-point effort. Freshman Terrell Harris added 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting for the Lions.

Anderson returns to the Abney Center to open a two-game conference homestand on Wednesday, when the Trojans play host to Newberry College. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.

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