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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Georgia Highlands men rout visiting ABI Academy 120-61

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TaJuan Johnson scored 17 points and had eight assists to lead Georgia Highlands College’s men to a 120-61 win over ABI Academy at The Corral on Saturday. The Chargers had seven players in double digits.

ABI worked to keep the game close early in the first half but the Chargers pulled away for 19-point halftime lead. GHC (4-3) then opened the second half with a 19-3 run to open the game up.

The Chargers held ABI scoreless for over six minutes in the second half. GHC shot 54 percent from the field, was 22-of-31 from the free throw line and out-rebounded ABI 47- 26.

Following Johnson on the scoring list was AJ Banton with 16, Jordon Ford with 15, DeMarcus Addie with 15, Sandro Noel with 14, Khalyl Waters with 13 and Shae Linton-Brown with 10.

“It was all about our tempo tonight. We really got into a great rhythm and shot the ball well,” Charger head coach Phil Gaffney said.

Georgia Highlands returns to action on Tuesday at The Corral against Handle It Prep. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

In other action:

Lincoln Memorial men 88, Shorter 64

The Hawks fell to No. 4 Lincoln Memorial 88-64 on the road Saturday afternoon. Shorter slips to 0-4 on the year while the Railsplitters improve to 3-0.

After Lincoln Memorial jumped out to a 23-6 advantage, Shorter came back with a 14-0 run, almost solely from Josh Burnett as he tallied 11 points over the four-minute span. From there, the Hawks kept things close, going into halftime trailing by five, 44-39.

After the break, Shorter opened the half on a 6-0 run, taking the lead 45-44 on a pair of free throws from TayVaughn Major. But the lead was short lived as Lincoln Memorial stormed back with a 15-point outburst to take control of the game.

Major led the Hawks with 22 points while Burnett added 20 and Amonte Potter chipped in with 13.

The Railsplitters had four players finish in double figures, led by Trevon Shaw’s 21.

The teams will be back in action Tuesday as they face off against each other again, this time at the Winthrop-King Centre in the Hawks’ home opener. Game time is set for 7 p.m.