ASU Men take down Clayton State, Lady Jags Fall

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Saturday, February 7, 2009.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State junior forward Fred Brathwaite scored a career-high 25 points to propel the 11th-ranked Jaguars past Clayton State 69-63 Saturday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory improved ASU to 17-4 overall and to 11-3 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Lakers dropped to 12-9 overall and 5-9 in the league. The win avenged a 65-55 loss at Clayton State on Jan. 3. The contest marked the ninth matchup between the two teams in the last two-plus seasons.

ASU junior guard Ben Madgen tallied 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and senior center Garret Siler booked 12 points and two blocks.

Senior guard Bernard Fields paced the Lakers with 15 points and Freddie Williams chipped in 10.

The Jaguars matched their season high with 10 3-pointers made and suffered only 11 turnovers.

Clayton State led 33-31 at the half and pushed its lead to eight with 11:03 remaining in the game. Braithwaite scored 11 straight points, first on a jumper and then on back-to-back treys to pull the Jags even at 48-all with 9:29 to play.

After Eric Wilson’s two free throws put the Lakers up 50-48, Brathwaite answered with a baseline drive and thunderous dunk off a feed from Tye Beal. He completed the 3-point play when he drained the free throw, giving the Jags a 51-50 lead with 8:53 to go.

Jonathan Austin canned a trey on the Lakers’ next possession before Siler threw down a dunk off an assist from Brathwaite to tie the game at 53-all with 8:16 left.

Madgen hit two free throws after a technical on Clayton head coach Gordon Gibbons and a then drilled a trey for a 60-53 ASU lead.

The Lakers rallied back, pulling even at the 2:30 mark after a pair of Freddie Williams’ free throws. Daniel Dixon drilled a 17-foot jumper and after a Siler free throw, Madgen canned a trey with 35 seconds to play to put the Jags up 66-60.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Clayton State dealt Augusta State its worst conference loss this season with an 88-62 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Lady Jags Saturday in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Lakers improved to 17-4 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The loss dropped ASU to 5-16 overall and 3-11 in the league.

Junior guard Jasmine Godwin led the Lady Jags with 23 points. Junior Porsha White netted 10 points and eight rebounds, while junior Brittany Jarrard added 10 points. Senior Tracey Paschal tallied six rebounds.

For the Lakers, Junior Lesheria Stevens led the team with 20 points and seven rebounds, while senior Nikkisha Pritchett had 19 points off the bench. Senior Lisa Jackson tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, and freshman Brittany Hall added 10 points.

ASU shot 63.2 percent from the free throw line and connected on 6-of-13 3-point attempts (46.2 percent), while limiting CSU to a 42.9 shooting percentage.

The Lakers shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line and had 39 points off the bench. CSU won the rebounding edge 42-38 and forced 27 ASU turnovers.