Jags get big win, Lady Jags lose

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Saturday, February 14, 2009.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Ninth-ranked Augusta State connected on seven of eight free throws in the final 2:23 Saturday to earn a 59-55 Peach Belt Conference road win over No. 20 Armstrong Atlantic State in Alumni Arena.

With the win – their fifth straight – the Jaguars improved to 19-4 overall and 13-3 in the PBC and maintained their half-game lead over USC Aiken in the league standings. The Pirates slipped to 18-5 and 11-5, respectively. The victory was the sixth straight in the series for ASU.

The contest, which included seven ties and five lead changes, marked the sixth top-25 matchup of the season for the Jags. ASU is now 15-7 all-time against nationally-ranked foes under fifth-year head coach Dip Metress.

Senior center Garret Siler booked his sixth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 17 points and grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Junior guard Ben Madgen managed 15 points and seven rebounds while junior forward Fred Brathwaite logged 14 points and nine rebounds.

Calvin Wilson scored a game-high 22 points and netted 12 rebounds and three steals, but was the only Pirate to reach double figures.

The Jags won the rebounding edge 52-41 and overcame a 30.0 percent shooting effort, their lowest of the season. ASU shook off a slow start, scoring just five points in the first 15 minutes, as the Pirates moved out to a 15-5 lead with 5:08 left in the first half, and took a 22-17 lead into halftime.

The 17 points marked a season-low, first-half point total for ASU, which misfired on its first 17 shots from the field.

Armstrong led for the game’s first 30 minutes until the Jags got a pair of Madgen free throws to take their first lead of the game, 43-41, at the 10:30 mark. AASU moved back in front -- 54-53 -- on a Keron McKenzie driving layup with 2:01 left, but suffered two turnovers and missed three shots in the final minute and a half.

Madgen again put the Jags in front at 55-54 with a pair of free throws with 1:43 left and junior guard Daniel Dixon drained four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Augusta State suffered its lowest scoring output of the season Saturday afternoon in a 64-41 Peach Belt Conference loss at Armstrong Atlantic State in Alumni Arena.

The setback, the Lady Jaguars’ sixth straight, dropped them to 5-18 overall and 3-13 in the PBC. The Lady Pirates won for the third time in four games, improving to 14-9 and 9-7, respectively.

Armstrong held ASU to just two field goals in the first half, building a 32-18 halftime. AASU’s Lacey Willis delivered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 9-of-12 shots from the floor. Ashley Duhart chipped in 12 points, while Dartayvia Thomas notched seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Lady Jags did not place a player in double figures on the day. Junior guard Brittany Jarrard came off the bench to hit 7-of-10 free throws to pace ASU with nine points. Leading scorer Jasmine Godwin was limited to two points, nearly 11 below her average.

The Lady Jags finished just 12-of-43 from the floor (27.9 percent) and connected on just 1-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. AASU suffered through a cold shooting day from long range, hitting just 4-of-26 three-point shots (15.4 percent) but the Lady Pirates hit 20-of-36 from two-point range (55.6 percent).

AASU jumped out to a 12-3 lead and never trailed. The Lady Pirates outscored ASU 30-12 in the paint and nearly doubled up the Lady Jags on the boards 49-26.