Monday Dec. 15, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State shot 64 percent in the first half Monday night and opened its Peach Belt Conference schedule with an 80-68 victory over Georgia College & State in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
With the victory, the third-ranked Jaguars improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the PBC. The Bobcats, who entered the game averaging more than 103 points per game, dropped to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The win marked ASU’s fifth straight in the series with GCSU and improved to the Jaguars to 30-7 in conference play under fifth-year head coach Dip Metress.
Junior guard Ben Madgen led six Jaguars in double figures with 14 points. Fellow juniors Daniel Dixon and Fred Brathwaite netted 13 points each, while Greg Hire, Garret Siler and Caleb Brown booked 10 points each. Hire registered his second double-double in as many games, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
Shaun Keaton tallied a game-high 18 points for GCSU, which connected on 11 3-pointers in the contest but shot just 36.4 percent from the field. Ken Kemp and Justin Brown chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
ASU jumped ahead with a 19-2 run midway through the first half with Brathwaite giving the Jags a 31-13 lead on a jumper at the 7:05 mark. After the Bobcats got within 13, ASU closed the half on a 9-3 run to open up a 48-29 lead – it’s largest of the game -- at halftime.
The Bobcats fought back early in the second half, outscoring ASU 15-4 to close within 52-44 on a Josh Hurst jumper at the 13:51 mark. The Jags pushed their lead back to as much as 15 on a Siler free throw before GCSU answered with a 10-0 spurt. Keaton capped the run with a pair of free throws to cut the Bobcat deficit to 65-60 with just 3:03 remaining.
On ASU’s next possession, Dixon drilled a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down and Hire added two free throws to give the Jags a 70-60 cushion. ASU scored its last 12 points from the free throw line as the visitors fouled to extend the game.
ASU hit a season-high 26-of-29 free throws and connected on eight treys. The Jags outrebounded GCSU 40-32 and received a season-high 29 points from their bench.
Augusta State’s Nicole Mealing had the game-winning point that led to the intense 71-69 win over Georgia College & State in their Peach Belt Conference Opener on Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
With the win the Lady Jaguars improved to 3-2, while the Lady Bobcats dropped to 2-4. The win also notches the first ever Peach Belt Conference victory for head coach Tes Sobomehin, who is in her first season with Augusta State.
Mealing, a junior forward, paced the Jags earning her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Tracey Pascal also notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Brittany Jarrard netted 12 points, while junior center Portia White tallied 12 rebounds.
For the Lady Bobcats, senior forward Tiauna Brantley led with 20 points and nine rebounds. Junior Antoinette Reames notched 16 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Shandrea Moore added 11 points.