ASU wins double overtime thriller, advances to Final Four

News 12 @ 6 Wednesday March 26, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--- In one of the greatest games in Augusta State history, the Jaguars beat Central Oklahoma 106-104 in double overtime to advance to the NCAA Division 2 Final Four.

The Jags led 21-17 in the first half only to see the Bronchos take a five point lead at the half. In the second half, Central Oklahoma led by as many as 14 and then by seven with 1:37 to play. But two Demetrius Howard three pointers and an AJ Bowman free throw with :10 left tied things. Bowman had a chance to give ASU the lead, but missed the second free throw as Central Oklahoma missed a last ditch bucket as they went to overtime tied at 83.

In the first overtime, the Bronchos took a 93-88 lead with just over a minute to play. But a three pointer by AJ Bowman, another basket by Bowman and a Garret Siler free throw with :20 to play forced a second overtime tied at 95.

In the second OT, the Jags never trailed. Bowman hit a three early on, then a Siler slam, two of his 31 points, gave teh Jags a three point lead late. Two free throw's by Bowman gave ASU a 106-102 lead when Central Oklahoma hit a bucket to pull within two. Steve Smith had a chance to ice things in the closing seconds, but missed two free throws and then the Broncho's missed a last gasp shot as the Jags win 106-104.

ASU will now play tomorrow night at 6pm in the Final Four.


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  • by Tom Campbell Location: News 12 on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    In the 1970 season, Augusta College was among 32-teams in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national tournament in Kansas City. They did win their first game, against Monmouth, then they lost in the second round to Stephen F. Austin (the famous Lumberjacks from Nacogdoches, Texas--I've covered games in their gym). SFA eventually lost to Guilford in the quarterfinals....The next year Augusta lost its opening round game in the same tournament to Great Falls, which I believe is in Montana.

    In those days, the NAIA had just one championship tournament, with the 32 teams, and it was very famous because they played 16 games, back to back, in just a few days to determine the champ.

  • by PETE BETTS Location: AUGUSTA GA. on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    AS THRILLING AS AUGUSTA STATES RUN FOR THE DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP IS IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME. IN THE LATE 60 AUGUSTA COLLEGE WAS IN THE FINAL GAME AGAINST STEVEN F .AUSTIN COLLEGE OUT OF TEXAS.THIS WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST DIV. 2 TEAMS OF ALL TIME. CHECK THE RECORDS BECAUSE THAT TEAM WAS AWESOME. THANK YOU
  • by Janice Location: Augusta on Mar 27, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    I am certain that Vince is not a student at ASU and equally certain that he needs to work on his grammar and spelling. This station serves the entire CSRA, and we appreciate the support you have shown the ASU basketball team.
  • by vince on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    you of augusta news has not given asu on respect. all you talk about was USC how you like us now. for augusta jags we do not care about what you think. we have it to the big 4 . what makes me sad that you as augusta frind did not beleive in your home town. you were worng by thinking about usc above your home team. lick your fingers with being worng. next time go with the of ASU. You make a bad call. hope you can live with your SOUTH CORLIONA idaeas
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