PEMBROKE, N.C. – Augusta State junior guard Ben Madgen poured in 30 points Wednesday night to lift the 11th-ranked Jaguars to a 74-69 Peach Belt Conference win over UNC Pembroke in front of a crowd of 1,182 in the Jones Center.
The victory improved ASU to 16-4 overall and to 10-3 in the Peach Belt Conference, while UNCP slipped to 6-14 and 3-10 in the league.
The victory was ASU’s 13th consecutive win over the Braves and gave head coach Dip Metress his 101st win at the helm of the Jags’ program. With the win, ASU matched last season’s squad for the third-best record in school history through the first 20 games of the season.
Madgen enjoyed his second 30-point game of the season, bested only by his 33-point effort vs. USC Aiken on Jan. 5. He connected on 7-of-14 field-goal attempts, including four 3-pointers, and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. Junior forward Fred Brathwaite booked 15 points and sophomore guard Caleb Brown had 12 points off the bench. Senior center Garret Siler managed 10 points before fouling out along with starting forward Greg Hire.
Marcus Heath was one of four Braves in double figures, finishing with 17 points and adding five assists. Cortez Brown turned in 15 points and Brandon Thomas and David Moore chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Inthe women's game, UNC Pembroke shot 61 percent from the field in the second half and pulled away for a 70-48 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State Wednesday in the English E. Jones Center.
The win improved the Lady Braves to 10-10 overall and to 6-7 in the PBC. The 48 points matched a season low for the Lady Jaguars, who dropped to 5-15 and 3-10, respectively.
ASU junior forward Nicole Mealing booked a game-high 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior guard Jasmine Godwin netted 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Marquena Delk led UNCP with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. JaToya Kemp managed 13 points and Natalie Ray added 10 points off the bench.
UNCP outscored ASU 41-26 in the second half on 60.7 percent shooting after the Lady Jags trailed just 29-22 at halftime. The Lady Braves forced 22 ASU turnovers and owned the rebounding edge 42-30.