2000-01 Men's Basketball News

March 27, 2001
Hawkins and Boodnikoff Named to the NABC All-Region Team
AUGUSTA, GA - Augusta State’s Festus Hawkins and Gary Boodnikoff were named to the All-South Atlantic Region first and second team, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

March 11, 2001
Jaguars look to next season
After playing his last collegiate basketball game, Jaguars center Festus Hawkins saw a bright future for his teammates.

March 10, 2001
Magical Season Comes to an End for Jaguars
AUGUSTA, GA - One of the most successful seasons in school history came to an end on Friday night for the Augusta State University men’s basketball team.

March 10, 2001
Augusta State knocked out of tournament
CHARLOTTE - A different team. A different style. A different result.

March 10, 2001
Rams' stifling 'D' steamrolls Jaguars
Winston-Salem State's defense, resembling a tourniquet attached to a fresh wound, was in full force last night in the South Atlantic Regional semifinals.

March 9, 2001
Jaguars are a 'can do' team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - First NCAA tournament appearance since 1978, and Augusta State was going in blindly.

March 9, 2001
Jaguars top Catawba College 96-84
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Twenty-three years after its first Division II Tournament appearance, Augusta State knocked off the dust and is putting a little wear and tear on its dancing shoes.

March 8, 2001
Jaguars ready to take on Catawba
When Augusta State men's basketball coach Gary Tuell underwent an appendectomy Jan. 5, Buck Harris filled in.

March 7, 2001
Augusta State coach ready for challenge
As challenges go, preparing to face Catawba College for 40 minutes in an NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament game might not seem as daunting as stepping into the ring for three minutes with Muhammad Ali.

March 5, 2001
Augusta State Men’s Basketball Itinerary
Tickets are available in the athletic office (737-1626) for $8 (adults) and $5 (students/children). Tickets will also be available at the door.

March 5, 2001
Augusta State earns 6th seed
For the first time in Augusta State men's basketball history, players sat in a computer lab at the Augusta State University athletic complex and watched the NCAA Division II Tournament selection show via the Internet.

March 4, 2001
ASU to Face Catawba in First NCAA Championship Appearance Since 1978
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee announced today the field of 48 teams for the 2001 Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Twenty conferences have been awarded automatic qualification. The remaining 28 teams were selected at-large by the committee.

March 3, 2001
Jaguars reign in Peach Belt
GREENWOOD, S.C. - As a freshman, a teary-eyed T.J. Ott watched as Georgia College & State cut down the nets after coming from behind to defeat Augusta State in the 1999 Peach Belt Conference championship game.

March 3, 2001
Augusta State Wins Peach Belt Tournament Title
GREENWOOD, S.C. – Augusta State won its first ever Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship with 60-46 victory over regular season champion Armstrong Atlantic State in a battle of the top two seeds Saturday at Lander’s Horne Arena. With the victory, Augusta State (20-9) earns its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1978.

March 2, 2001
ASU Defeats USC Aiken in PBC Semifinals
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Augusta State University shot 53% (26-49) from the floor, including 60% (15-25) in the second half to rally for a 79-73 victory over USC Aiken in the semifinals of the Men’s Peach Belt Conference Tournament Friday night at Lander’s Horne Arena. Augusta State (19-9), the top seed from the PBC North Division, advances Saturday’s championship game against the winner of the Armstrong Atlantic State/Columbus State game.

March 1, 2001
Jaguars top Clayton State
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Much like last year, Clayton State gave Augusta State fits during the first round of the Peach Belt Tournament. Just like last year, Augusta State won the game.

February 24, 2001
ASU Wraps North Division Top-Seed With 83-65 Win Over Francis Marion
Florence, SC -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team wrapped up its third consecutive North Division Championship on Saturday with an 83-65 win over Francis Marion University. ASU and Lander both finished atop the PBC North Division with identical 11-5 league records. The Jaguars win the tiebreaker and thus the division’s top seed with an 8-2 divisional record, while Lander finished with a 7-3 mark.

February 21, 2001
No. 22 Pirates Win 16th Straight, Defeat ASU 58-45
SAVANNAH, Ga. (February 21) - The No. 22 Armstrong Atlantic State men's basketball team improved to 15-0 in the Peach Belt Conference with a 58-45 victory over Augusta State on “Senior Night” at Alumni Arena on Wednesday evening.

February 17, 2001
ASU Falls to Georgia College & State
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia — Georgia College & State University swept a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Augusta State Saturday night in the Centennial Center. The GC&SU Lady Bobcats won their second straight 82-62, while the Bobcats upset the Jaguars 80-66 for their third straight win..

February 15, 2001
ASU 89, Francis Marion 73
In his four years as Augusta State head coach, Gary Tuell never has lost a season finale at home. Francis Marion proved to be road-kill No. 4.

February 14, 2001
ASU Rolls Over Francis Marion 89-73
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated Francis Marion University 89-73 Wednesday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. The game marked senior night for two Jaguar players, including Festus Hawkins and Reggie Rosier.

February 11, 2001
Jaguars celebrate homecoming with win
Augusta State lit up North Florida with 55 percent shooting and annihilated the Ospreys for a 93-50 homecoming victory at the ASU athletic complex Saturday night.

February 10, 2001
ASU Rolls Over North Florida 93-50
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team rolled over North Florida 93-50 Saturday night during Homecoming at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the win, ASU takes over sole possession of first place in the North Division with a 9-3 conference mark. The Jaguars are 15-7 overall, while North Florida falls to 12-10 overall and 6-6 in the Peach Belt Conference.

February 10, 2001
Jaguars face North Florida at home
With five games left in its Peach Belt season, Augusta State has some homecoming business to take care of today.

February 7, 2001
ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 70-63 Win Over UNC Pembroke
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated UNC Pembroke 70-63 Wednesday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the win, and USC Aiken’s loss to USC Spartanburg, the Jaguars move back into a first place tie with the Pacers in the Peach Belt North Division. ASU is now 14-7 overall and 8-3 in the PBC, while the Braves fall to 5-15 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

February 3, 2001
Senators down Augusta State 68-60
GREENWOOD--The Lander men's basketball team won its sixth straight game Saturday night when it defeated Augusta State University, 68-60, in a Peach Belt Conference game in Horne Arena.

February 1, 2001
Jaguars defeat Pacers 72-63
Gary Tuell missed Augusta State's huge win over Life University on Monday. He's glad he stuck around Wednesday night against USC Aiken.

January 31, 2001
ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 72-63 Win Over USC Aiken
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team used a 21-3 second half run to pull out a 72-63 victory against USC Aiken at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the win the Jaguars move into a first place tie with the Pacers in the North Division of the Peach Belt Conference. Both squads are now 13-6 overall and 7-2 in conference play.

January 29, 2001
Records Fall as ASU Defeats Life University 108-87
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team enjoyed a record-breaking performance Monday night in a 108-87 win over Life University at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the win the Jaguars improve to 12-6 on the season, while the Running Eagles fall to 14-9 overall.

January 24, 2001
Jaguars suffer tough setback vs. Kennesaw
KENNESAW, Ga. - Kennesaw State surprised Augusta State on Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference game at Spec Landrum gymnasium.

January 20, 2001
TJ Ott Leads ASU to 61-47 Win over USC Spartanburg
Augusta, GA -- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated USC Spartanburg 61-47 Saturday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the win the Jaguars improve to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Rifles fall to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

January 18, 2001
Pacers edge Jaguars 53-51
AIKEN - Picked to finish ninth in the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches poll, USC Aiken finds itself tied for the North Division lead.

January 17, 2001
Second Half Rally Falls Short as ASU Falls to USCA
AIKEN, SC--The USC Aiken Pacers (10-5, 5-1 in PBC) extended their home court winning streak to seven games, among the longest active streaks in the nation, with a 53-51 win over archrival Augusta State University (10-5, 5-1 PBC) Wednesday night in Peach Belt Conference men's basketball. USCA avenges last year's 60-55 loss in Aiken and moves the Pacers into a tie atop the North Division standings with ASU.

January 17, 2001
Jaguars, Pacers renew PBC rivalry
Two teams battling for the top of the Peach Belt Conference come stumbling into the first of their two annual grudge matches.

January 16, 2001
Paine tops ASU in City Classic
Three years ago, Mac Young lost to Paine College in the City Classic as a member of the Augusta State team. Over the summer, Young transferred to Paine, and two losses to Augusta followed.

January 15, 2001
Paine Defeats ASU 68-58 Behind Yari Scott’s 27 Points
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University fell to Paine College 68-58 Monday night at the ASU Athletic Complex in the 2001 City Classic. Over 1,500 fans were in attendance for the thrilling crosstown rivalry. With the loss, ASU falls to 10-4 on the season, while Paine improves to 9-3 overall.

January 15, 2001
Gary Boodnikoff Named Peach Belt Player of the Week
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s Gary Boodnikoff has been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, as released by the conference office Monday afternoon.

January 14, 2001
Jaguars remain at top of league
A first half to remember kept Augusta State at the top of the Peach Belt Conference.

January 13, 2001
Gary Boodnikoff Scores 26 in 80-53 Win Over Lander
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team used a game-high 26 points from Gary Boodnikoff to defeat rival Lander University 80-53 Saturday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. The win marked the sixth consecutive win for the Jaguars over the Senators.

January 10, 2001
Braves and Jaguars Split Peach Belt Doubleheader
Pembroke, NC -- The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Augusta State Jaguars basketball teams split a men's and women's Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at the Jones Athletic Complex.

January 8, 2001
Festus Hawkins Lifts ASU to 64-63 Overtime Win
Spartanburg, SC --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team used a successful three-point play by Festus Hawkins with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to pull out a thrilling 64-63 win over USC Spartanburg. The win lifts ASU to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.

January 7, 2001
Jaguars give Harris win number 1
This isn't how Buck Harris wanted to coach his first collegiate basketball game. But when Augusta State head coach Gary Tuell was forced to undergo an emergency appendectomy Friday night, Harris was pressed into service.

January 6, 2001
Augusta State Defeats Columbus State 74-57
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated Columbus State University 74-57 Saturday afternoon at the ASU Athletic Complex. With the victory ASU improves to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference. Columbus State falls to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the PBC.

January 4, 2001
ASU Men and Women Sweep Clayton State
With a team defensive effort, Augusta State finally made coach Gary Tuell smile this season.

January 3, 2001
Augusta State Defeats Clayton State 65-54
Augusta, GA --- The Augusta State men’s basketball team opened up the Peach Belt schedule with a 65-54 victory Wednesday night over Clayton College & State. With the win the Jaguars improve to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the PBC, while the Lakers fall to 3-8 overall and 0-1 in league play.

December 21, 2000
Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic ... Again
Augusta, GA --- After a positive turnout at this week’s ASU Holiday Basketball Clinic, Augusta State University head men’s basketball coach Gary Tuell has decided to offer the clinic once again next week.

December 18, 2000
Augusta State Falls To Life, 72-55
Marietta, GA - The Running Eagles cruised to a 72-55 victory over Augusta State Jaguars tonight for the fifth time in so many matches lifetime.

December 13, 2000
Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University head men’s basketball coach Gary Tuell will be conducting a Holiday Basketball Clinic next week at the ASU Athletic Complex. The clinic, which is being conducted to benefit the athletic scholarship fund, will be held Tuesday, December 19th through Friday, December 22nd. The clinic will be held each day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is for all boys and girls ages 6 to 18.

December 13, 2000
Festus Hawkins and Sharon Taylor Ranked Nationally
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s Festus Hawkins and Sharon Taylor are both statistically ranked nationally, as released recently by the NCAA.

December 10, 2000
Fast start lifts Jags past Savannah State
For one half, Augusta State played solid, fundamental basketball. Fortunately for the Jaguars, they made that half count.

December 9, 2000
Festus Hawkins Powers ASU Over Savannah State 87-67
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated Savannah State 87-67 Saturday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. The win lifts the Jaguars to 5-2 on the season, while Savannah State falls to 0-8 overall.

December 2, 2000
Augusta State Defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 71-55
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gary Boodnikoff scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as the Augusta State University men’s basketball team defeated Lenoir-Rhyne College 71-56 Saturday evening at Ovens Athletic Center in the third-place game of the Sodexho Marriott Classic.

December 1, 2000
ASU Falls to 10th-Ranked Wingate 103-88
Charlotte, NC --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team fell 103-88 to 10th-ranked Wingate University Friday night at the Queens College Classic. With the loss the Jaguars fall to 3-2 on the season.

November 30, 2000
ASU Defeats Rollins 70-68
Augusta, GA - Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated Rollins College 70-68 Thursday night in the first round of the Queens College Classic in Charlotte, N.C. The win improves ASU's overall record to 3-1 on the season, while Rollins falls to 3-2 overall.

November 27, 2000
ASU Defeats West Georgia 66-61 in Home Opener
Augusta, GA - Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated West Georgia 66-61 Monday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. The game marked the home opener for head coach Gary Tuell’s Jaguars.

November 22, 2000
Augusta State Notches First Win at Savannah State 68-45
Savannah, GA - Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team improved to 1-1 on Wednesday night with a 68-45 win at Savannah State University. The Jaguars were without the services of center Festus Hawkins, who is out indefinitely with a leg injury.

November 17, 2000
West Georgia Defeats Augusta State 76-74 in Overtime Thriller
Augusta, GA - Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaking overtime decision 76-74 Friday night to West Georgia. The Jaguars fall to 0-1 on the season, while West Georgia improves to 1-0.

November 15, 2000
Augusta State Men’s Basketball Signs Former Butler Standout William Gates
Augusta, GA -- Head Basketball Coach Gary Tuell announced on Wednesday that Augusta State University has signed William Gates to a scholarship for the 2001-2002 season. Gates is the first player to sign during the early signing period during Tuell’s four-year tenure at the school.

November 11, 2000
Augusta State Defeats ASU Alumni/CSRA Select Team 91-55
Augusta, GA --- Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team defeated the ASU Alumni/CSRA Select team 91-55 Saturday night at the ASU Athletic Complex. The exhibition match was ASU’s last tuneup before next Friday’s season opening game at West Georgia.

October 14, 2000
Augusta State to host Midnight Madness Saturday, October 14
AUGUSTA, GA - Augusta State University’s men's and women's basketball teams will be holding their annual Midnight Madness on Saturday, October 14 beginning at 10:00 p.m. at the ASU Athletic Complex. This will be the first opportunity for Jaguar fans to catch a glimpse of the men’s and women’s teams as the 2000-01 season officially opens at midnight.

October 11, 2000
ASU Seeking Third Straight Peach Belt North Division Title
Augusta, GA - Augusta State's men's basketball team is seeking its third consecutive Peach Belt Conference North Division Championship heading into the 2000-2001 season. Last year the Jaguars posted an overall record of 17-11 and an impressive 12-4 mark in the conference standings.

October 10, 2000
Augusta State Men’s Basketball Opens 2000-01 Season at West Georgia
Augusta, GA - Augusta State University’s men’s basketball team will open up the 2000-2001 season Friday, November 17th, at West Georgia. The Jaguars are coming off of a 17-11 record a year ago and the school’s second consecutive Peach Belt Conference North Division Championship.