Jeffords Erupts for 37 Points as Trojans Outrun Wolves

Jeffords Erupts for 37 Points as Trojans Outrun Wolves

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson freshman Christian Jeffords came off the bench to pour in a career-high 37 points to help lead the Anderson men's basketball team past Newberry, 104-93, in South Atlantic Conference action, Saturday night at the Abney Athletic Center.

Anderson improved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while showing no ill-effects of a six-day layoff and snapping a two-game skid. The Trojans handed the Wolves their third road loss of the season, while improving to 2-1 at home. Newberry (5-4, 1-3 SAC), which has eclipsed the century mark five times already this season and entered the contest averaging more than 100 points per game, dropped its second straight decision.

The Trojans owned a 42-33 rebounding advantage and outscored Newberry, 44-28, in the paint and never trailed.

Jeffords was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, including five 3-pointers, in 11 minutes of first-half action and finished by going 12-of-13 from the field on the night. Guard Randall Shaw added 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting and narrowly missed recording his first career double-double by collecting a career-high nine rebounds. The sophomore from Greenville, S.C. also dished out four assists and swiped three steals. Freshman center Carlos Dotson posted his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Shawn Benard added 13 points and a game-high five assists, while sophomore forward Jeremy Bouton tallied eight points, four assists and three steals.

First Half
Shaw sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers from the right side around a jumper from Newberry's James Stepp to boost the Trojans to a 15-7 lead inside the first five minutes of action, while freshman Chance Prandy's lone trey of the night later ignited a 14-3 outburst. Dotson sandwiched layups around a 3-pointer from Jeffords to fuel the surge, with Anderson opening a 39-21 advantage at the 7:24 mark of the first half.

The Trojans built a 22-point cushion with less than three minutes left before halftime and took a 62-42 lead into intermission.

Second Half
AU pushed out to their largest lead of the contest, 71-48, on a
Prandy free throw with more than 13 minutes remaining in the game, but Newberry chipped away and trimmed the Trojan advantage to just 94-90 with more than two minutes left.

Following an AU turnover, the Wolves were unable to convert a pair of free throw attempts and connected on just a 3-pointer in the final two minutes, while Benard dropped in a layup to give the Trojans a two-possession lead with under two minutes remaining.

Jeffords added a layup and senior Mason Spease connected on the trey for Newberry's final score, while Jeffords answered on the other end with a 3-pointer to give AU a 101-93 edge inside the final minute.

The Trojans shot 73.3 percent (22-of-30) from the field in the first half, including 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from beyond the arc.

• The 104 points were the most scored by the Black and Gold since defeating Mars Hill, 106-76, at the Abney Center on Feb. 17, 2014.
• The 62 first-half points were the most scored by AU in a half since posting 67 points in the second half of a 100-89 win over Coker in the semifinals of the 2014 SAC Tournament.
• Jeffords' 37 points were the most since Chandler Hash erupted for 44 points in the SAC Tournament win over Coker on March 8, 2014.
• The Trojans equaled a season-high with ten 3-pointers on the night.
• Jeffords' nine treys equaled the 10th-highest total in the conference record books.
• The Trojans handed out a season-high 24 assists.

Anderson will have little time to rest, as the Trojans visit NCAA Division I College of Charleston for a 2 p.m. tip-off Sunday at the North Charleston Coliseum.