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.