Dip Metress gets win #200 at ASU, women move into first place tie

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Monday January 21, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State Head Basketball Coach Dip Metress notched his 200th win at Augusta State University as the Jaguars triumphed over Georgia College, 69-44, Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The win moved ASU to 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the loss dropped GC to 6-9 and 2-6 in the PBC.

“Since the day we were hired on my wife’s birthday, May 10, 2004, I have not made a jump shot or had an assist,” Metress said. “Getting our 200th win is a tribute to the 24 seniors that have completed their eligibility in our time here. Out of those 24 and actually 25, if we include Travis Keels, 20 of them (80 percent) have either graduated or are on track to graduate with their degree. This is more important than all the championship banners that are hanging in Christenberry Fieldhouse. I am truly thankful to Coach Bryant for giving this opportunity to us nine years ago.”

Sophomore forward Devon Wright-Nelson led all scorers with 17 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Junior guard Ryan Weems notched the first double-double of his career, scoring 11 points and grabbing a season and game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Devonte Thomas scored 13 points and contributed eight rebounds.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – With the student sections battling for volume control, the Augusta State Lady Jaguars matched their best start in school history with a 50-31 Peach Belt Conference victory over Georgia College on Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The win tied the Lady Jags for first place in the Peach Belt Conference with a 6-2 conference record and 12-2 overall – matching ASU’s 2003-04 squad for the best start in school history. The loss dropped the Bobcats to 5-3 in the PBC and 9-6 overall.

Two Lady Jags tied for the game-high in scoring. Junior guard Becky Newhouse scored 12 points and nabbed a game-high eight steals, while senior guard Brittany White notched 12 points and added six steals. Senior forward Taylor Ayers contributed 10 points, a team-high six rebounds, and four blocks.

The GC Bobcats were led by sophomore forward Enisha Donley’s 12 points and game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Brandi McKinney came off the bench to notch 10 points and seven rebounds.

The first half was close with ASU ending the period with a two-point advantage, 23-21. After the Bobcats tied the game early, the Lady Jags led for the last 17 minutes of the first half. ASU twice built eight-point advantages only to see GC fight back within two. Becky Newhouse hit three from behind the arc, leading the Lady Jags in scoring in the half with nine.

“Becky had a great scoring night. She does the little stuff well and brings a lot of energy to the game,” head coach Nate Teymer said.

White scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half as ASU pulled away from the Bobcats. White hit her second three-pointer and eighth point in a row at the 12:07 mark to give ASU a commanding 13 point lead.
Sophomore guard D’Angelo Boyce handed out a game-leading and season-high 11 assists and scored nine points. Senior forward Travis Keels had a game-high four blocks and nine points.