ASU basketball splits twinbill

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – the Augusta State men shot 65.2 percent from the field in the first half Wednesday night and picked up a 71-61 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The win was the seventh straight for the No. 8 Jaguars, who improved to 20-4 overall and 15-2 in the PBC. With the victory, ASU has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons and has recorded 20 or more wins in four of the last eight seasons. The Jags have now won 20 games in a season nine times and have turned in back-to-back, 20 win-seasons on five occasions.

Junior center Jason Killeen came off the bench to pace ASU with a career-high 12 points, connecting on 3-of-5 field-goal attempts and 6-of-8 free throws. Junior center Garret Siler and sophomore guard Daniel Dixon tallied 11 points each, while AJ Bowman and Demetrius Howard chipped in 10 each. Bowman moved into fifth place on the ASU career scoring list with 1,603 points, passing Darrell Holder (1,594 points from 1976-80).

On the women's side, Jennifer Dyer scored a game-high 20 points to lead Francis Marion to an 87-76 Peach Belt Conference victory.

Dyer was one of five Patriots in double figures. Brittany Young booked 16 points while Shannon Singleton-Bates added 12. Creshenda Singletary chipped in 11 points off the bench and Kevin Ransom posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 assists.

Sophomore forward Porsha White led ASU with 14 points, with Nicole Mealing netting 11 points and Jasmine Godwin and Sherika Parker turning in 10 points each.

With the victory, the Patriots (19-5, 12-5) moved a game out in front of ASU for first place in the PBC standings. The Lady Jaguars dropped to 17-7 overall and 11-6 in the league.

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