Jags split in Columbus, Metress gets win #100 with ASU

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Augusta State shot nearly 53 percent for the game and rolled to an 82-73 Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State Monday night in the Lumpkin Center.

With the win, head coach Dip Metress posted his 100th victory at ASU in just his 144th game on the Jaguar bench. He is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. Only former Augusta College head coach and athletic director Marvin Vanover recorded 100 wins faster, accomplishing the feat in 137 games.

The victory improved No. 7 ASU to 15-4 overall and to 9-3 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Columbus State dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-8 in the PBC.

Senior center Garret Siler led all scorers, booking 24 points and 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes and two blocks for his fifth double-double of the season. Junior forward Fred Brathwaite returned to his hometown and posted 20 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. Junior guard Ben Madgen managed 15 points and Steve Smith and Greg Hire combined for seven assists.

Sean Miller paced the Cougars with 19 points and Chris Telesford netted 15 off the bench.

ASU, which never trailed in the game, shot 51.4 percent in the first half and opened up a 44-27 halftime lead. The Jags shot almost 54 percent in the second half and led by as many as 27 at the 9:58 mark before Metress emptied the bench. Ten different Jags scored in the game and 10 players logged double-digit minutes.

The Jags outrebounded CSU 46-20 and owned the edge inside, outscoring the Cougars 42-24 in the paint and 18-0 on second-chance points.

Columbus State bolted to a 45-26 halftime lead and cruised to an 81-57 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State Monday in the Lumpkin Center.

The win lifted CSU to 12-9 overall and 5-6 in the PBC. The loss dropped the Lady Jags to 5-14 overall and 3-9 in the PBC.

In the women's game, CSU posted an 81-57 win over the Lady Jags.

Nikke Urbizo and Chauntel Ferdinand paced the Lady Cougars with 15 points each, while Phebe Smith and Rosetta Hollis managed 12 points each.

ASU junior guard Jasmine Godwin booked 13 points and Eboni Davis added 11. Leading scorer Nicole Mealing was limited to eight points in only 18 minutes of action.

Columbus State shot 53 percent in the first half and held ASU to just eight first-half field goals. The Lady Cougars, who forced 22 turnovers and snagged 13 steals in the game, led by as many as 28 points with 2:51 remaining.

CSU also canned 9-of-16 3-point attempts (56.3 percent) and outrebounded ASU 46-32.