ASU Men and Women fall to GCSU

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Saturday, January 31, 2009.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College & State’s Shaun Keaton scored a game-high 23 points to lead the No. 24 Bobcats to a 79-76 Peach Belt Conference win over No. 7 Augusta State Saturday in the Centennial Center.

The Bobcats’ win – their sixth straight – improved them to 15-2 overall and to a league-best 9-2 in the PBC. With the loss, ASU slipped to 14-4 and 8-3, respectively. The victory snapped a string of five straight losses to ASU.

The contest, which featured 17 leads changes and 10 ties, marked the fifth top-25 matchup of the season for the Jags. ASU is now 14-7 all-time against nationally-ranked foes under fifth-year head coach Dip Metress.

Senior center Garret Siler posted a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds and added three blocks. Ben Madgen netted 16 points and Daniel Dixon turned in 13 points off the bench. Senior point guard Steve Smith handed out five assists.

The Bobcats got 12 points from Ken Kemp and Graham Martin and Tye Rowland added 10 points each.

After an ASU turnover, Rowland hit two free throws with 11.8 seconds left for a 79-76 GCSU lead. The Jags raced the ball up the floor and Madgen’s game-tying attempt from the right wing was short.

ASU led 63-59 after a Daniel Dixon 3-pointer at the 8:36 mark and a pair of Siler free throws gave the Jags a 65-59 advantage before Rowland keyed a 7-0 spurt with a trey and added a reverse layup. Two Keaton free throws gave GCSU a 66-65 lead at the 6:21 mark. A Keaton jumper tied the game at 70-all with 3:18 to play after Dixon’s two from the charity stripe put ASU in front.

A Caleb Brown tip in off a Dixon missed 3-pointer put the Jags up 74-72 before Keaton answered with a long-range bomb from the left wing for a 75-74 Bobcat lead with 1:55 left.

A Keaton jumper put the hosts ahead 77-74 at the 1:00 mark and Siler’s layup made it a 77-76 game with 40.6 seconds left.

A Kemp 3-pointer as the first half expired gave the Bobcats a 41-39 halftime lead, just the fourth team this season the Jags have trailed at intermission.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College & State jumped out to a double-digit, first-half lead and went on to an 82-69 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State Saturday afternoon in the Centennial Center.

The loss dropped the Lady Jags to 5-13 overall and 3-8 in the PBC. GCSU improved to 13-5 and 8-3 in the league.

Junior guard Brittany Jarrard paced ASU with a game-high 20 points. Senior forward Tracey Paschal had 13 points, while junior forward Nicole Mealing booked her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmine Godwin chipped in 11 points for the Lady Jags, who shot just 37.5 percent from the field.

Tiauuna Brantley and Daniela Nopuente booked 14 each for the Lady Bobcats, while Antoinette Reames and Dominique Huffin managed 12 each. Shandrea Moore handed out five assists and Reames posted four blocked shots and three steals.

The 82 points marked a season-high point total for GCSU, which connected on nine 3-pointers and got 31 points from its bench.

ASU jumped ahead 5-0 and led 8-6 before a Nopuente 3-pointer gave the Lady Bobcats their first lead -- a 9-8 advantage -- at the 13:03 mark.

A 7-0 spurt by the hosts pushed the lead to double digits with 1:59 left in the first half and Emily Bixler’s trey with five seconds left pushed the GCSU lead to 43-31 at the half.

The Lady Bobcats scored nine straight to open the second half and led by as much as 23 on three separate occasions, the last with 4:36 to play following a trey by Nopuente.