AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fourth-ranked Augusta State rebounded Wednesday night with a 75-54 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The win was the 10th straight PBC home win for the Jaguars, who improved to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the PBC. The loss dropped the Patriots, who began the season 10-0, to 10-4 and 3-4 in league play. ASU extended its winning streak in the series with FMU to eight straight.
Junior guard Ben Madgen tallied a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rounds. Senior center Garret Siler posted 17 points, six boards and three blocks. Junior forward Fred Brathwaite had 11 points, seven boards and a pair of steals.
Junior guard Anthony Wallen was the only Patriot to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Jags, who never trailed, shot a season-high 75 percent and set a season-high for first-half points, outscoring Francis Marion 49-23. ASU jumped ahead 7-0 and led by 13 with 9:26 left in the half. The Jags then closed the half on a 22-9 run.
ASU led by as much as 32 after a Madgen 3-pointer just 1:04 into the second half. The Patriots battled back with a 22-2 run to cut their deficit to 57-45 at the 8:36 mark.
In the women's game, Francis Marion withstood an upset bid from Augusta State, claiming a 93-90 Peach Belt Conference victory Wednesday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play. The loss dropped ASU to 4-12 overall and 2-7 in the league.
The Lady Jaguars scored a season-high 49 points in the first half and booked a season-high game total 90 points.
Junior Nicole Mealing notched her sixth double-double of the season with a career-high 28 points and 22 rebounds. Mealing’s 22 rebounds set a new school record for Augusta State. Senior Tracey Paschal turned in 23 points, while junior Brittany Jarrard tallied 12 points.
For the Patriots, junior Shana Franks led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior Kevina Ransom netted 18 points and senior Creshenda Singletary added 14 points.