Monday Dec. 29, 2008
HICKORY, N.C. – Junior reserve guard Daniel Dixon hit a 20-foot jumper with one second remaining Monday to give No. 7 Augusta State a 97-95 non-conference victory over Catawba on the first day of The Moretz Sports Classic in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne.
With the victory, the Jaguars moved to 6-1 on the season and extended their best start since the 1976-77 season. The 14th-ranked Indians, who began the season with eight straight wins, dropped to 8-3 overall.
The win also improved ASU to 13-4 against nationally-ranked opponents under fifth-year head coach Dip Metress. In addition, the win avenged a 92-70 setback to Catawba in the same tourney during the 2006-07 campaign.
The Jaguars, who set a season high for points scored, were paced by senior center Garret Siler’s season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Ben Madgen booked 22 points and six assists, while junior forward Fred Brathwaite notched 15 points and five assists and sophomore guard Caleb Brown tallied 12 points. Junior forward Greg Hire matched Siler for the team lead in rebounds with 10.
Antonio Houston paced Catawba with 22 points, while Cliff Burns registered 19 and Donald Rutherford and Rob Fields chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench.
The Indians shot 58.7 percent from the field, including 64.5 percent in the second half. But the Jags outrebounded Catawba 41-26 and connected on 17-of-21 free throw attempts in the second half and 23-of-31 in the game.