Jags win easily, Lady Jags fall just short to North Georgia

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Saturday, February 21, 2009.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State shot 67 percent in the first half Saturday night and cruised to an 87-58 Homecoming victory over North Georgia in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory improved No. 6 ASU to 21-4 overall and to 15-3 in the Peach Belt Conference. The win extended the Jaguars’ winning streak to a season-high seven straight games and extended their PBC home winning streak to 14 in a row, dating back to last season.

The Jags remained in a tie with USC Aiken atop the PBC standings. The 14th-ranked Pacers downed Columbus State 82-68 in Columbus, Ga.

ASU junior forward Fred Brathwaite scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Ben Madgen, the Peach Belt Conference’s leading scorer, managed 18 points and passed former Jaguar standout Derek Stewart for 11th place on the conference’s career scoring list with 1,492 career points.

Senior Garret Siler garnered 14 points and seven blocks, one off his career high. Senior point guard Steve Smith registered season highs in points (10) and assists (7) and junior forward Greg Hire pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and added four assists and three steals.

LaBrian Lyons paced North Georgia (14-11, 9-10) with 17 points and Michael Moynihan chipped in 10.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – North Georgia outscored Augusta State 11-1 over the final 3:49 to rally past the Lady Jaguars and pick up a 74-71 Peach Belt Conference victory Saturday on Homecoming in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory improved the Lady Saints to 8-18 overall and 5-14 in the PBC, while ASU dropped its eighth straight game, falling to 5-20 overall and 3-15 in the league.

Junior guard Brittany Jarrard booked a team-high 16 points for ASU, while sophomore forward Stacey Lampkin posted a career-high 12 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Porsha White registered her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

North Georgia’s Syretha Marble tallied a game-high 23 points for the Lady Saints. Brooke Baker netted 14 points and Whitney Randolph chipped in 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

ASU owned a 41-31 advantage at halftime, its largest halftime lead this season. The Lady Jags moved ahead 54-37 on an Eboni Davis 3-pointer at the 14:51 mark of the second half before North Georgia countered with six straight points.

A layup from Jarrard gave ASU an 11-point lead with 11:05 to play before a Baker basket triggered a 6-0 spurt and cut the NGCSU deficit to 60-55 at the 8:15 mark. The Lady Jags pushed their lead back to 10 points when Brittany Torain canned a jumper for a 68-58 lead with 5:05 left.

The Lady Saints then rattled off a 13-2 spurt over a span of 3:47, taking a 71-70 lead on Marble’s jumper with 1:18 remaining. A free throw from Randolph with 19 seconds left put the visitors up 72-70 and Baker canned a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.