ASU Jaguars Clinch Peach Belt Title

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Saturday, February 28, 2009.

AMERICUS, Ga. – Fifth-ranked Augusta State captured its second Peach Belt Conference Championship in the last three seasons Saturday night with a 95-63 victory over Georgia Southwestern in the Storm Dome.

With Georgia College & State’s 73-72 upset of No. 11 USC Aiken in the Convocation Center, the Jaguars won the league title outright with a 17-3 record.

“Winning the conference title over a 20-game schedule is a testament to our players and their perseverance,” said ASU head coach Dip Metress, who learned of the Jags’ league title as the squad was en route back to Augusta. “We’ve gotten solid contributions up and down the bench. We’ve worked in two new starters and the guys have accepted their roles and really performed. We’re very proud of our achievement, but there’s a lot of season left and we have a lot to still accomplish.”

The victory also lifted ASU to a 23-4 overall record, giving the Jags the second-most wins in school history during the regular season and the most since the 1969-70 season.

ASU senior center Garret Siler booked his eighth double-double of the season, registering a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks.

Junior forward Fred Brathwaite turned in 17 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Ben Madgen tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Greg Hire had 13 points and seven rebounds.

AMERICUS, Ga. – Augusta State’s Jasmine Godwin and Porsha White combined for 40 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Jaguars fell 72-60 to Georgia Southwestern Saturday in the Storm Dome.

The contest, which also served as Homecoming for the Lady Hurricanes, marked the end of the regular season for both teams.

A junior guard, Godwin booked 21 points and nine rebounds while junior forward White netted 19 points and four boards.

Brittany Reynolds paced GSW with 18 points and Clarissa Corbett and Terra Branch managed 12 each off the bench.

With the loss, the Lady Jags dropped their 10th straight game, finishing the regular season 5-22 overall and 3-17 in the PBC. The victory improved GSW to 3-17 in the league and 8-19 overall.

The Lady Hurricanes, who shot 57 percent in the second half, outrebounded ASU 55-37 and outscored the Lady Jags 44-28 in the paint.