ASU manhandles Lander

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Wednesday Feb. 11, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never trailed en route to an 80-53 Peach Belt Conference victory over Lander Wednesday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory improved No. 9 ASU to 18-4 overall and to 12-3 in the Peach Belt Conference. With Georgia College & State’s 68-60 home loss to Armstrong Atlantic State, the Jaguars moved into first place in the PBC, a half-game ahead of GCSU in the league standings.

The victory was the fifth straight for ASU in the series with Lander. The Jags, who led by as many as 36 in the second half, extended their PBC home winning streak to 13 games.

Senior center Garret Siler booked a game-high 14 points while redshirt freshman guard Tye Beal tallied a career-high 12 points off the bench. PBC scoring leader Ben Madgen and sophomore guard Caleb Brown netted 10 points each. Senior center Jason Killeen grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and blocked three shots, while Madgen handed out five assists.

Ford Lawrence led Lander (9-11, 5-9 PBC) with nine points.

The Jags, who entered the contest ranked 10th in the nation in field goal percentage, shot 50 percent from the field and set a season-high with 43 bench points while their seven turnovers marked a new season-low.

In the women's game, Lander dealt Augusta State its worst conference loss this season with a 94-60 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Lady Jags Wednesday in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Lander, which has won four straight games, improves to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the PBC, while the Lady Jaguars drop to 5-17, 3-12. The Lady Bearcats held ASU scoreless for the final 5:19 of the game.

Jasmine Godwin led the Lady Jags with 18 points and seven assists, while Porsha White earned her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Brittany Jarrard added 10 points in the loss.

Lyons connected on 10-of-21 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws while grabbing seven rebounds. Butler was 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line and had seven rebounds. Shannon McKever posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Nardia Robbins added 12 points.