Metress Reaches Milestone Win

Metress Reaches Milestone Win

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State shot nearly 53 percent for the game and rolled to an 82-73 Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State Monday night in the Lumpkin Center.

With the win, head coach Dip Metress posted his 100th victory at ASU in just his 144th game on the Jaguar bench. He is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. Only former Augusta College head coach and athletic director Marvin Vanover recorded 100 wins faster, accomplishing the feat in 137 games.

The victory improved No. 7 ASU to 15-4 overall and to 9-3 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Columbus State dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-8 in the PBC.

Senior center Garret Siler led all scorers, booking 24 points and 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes and two blocks for his fifth double-double of the season. Junior forward Fred Brathwaite returned to his hometown and posted 20 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. Junior guard Ben Madgen managed 15 points and Steve Smith and Greg Hire combined for seven assists.

Sean Miller paced the Cougars with 19 points and Chris Telesford netted 15 off the bench.

ASU, which never trailed in the game, shot 51.4 percent in the first half and opened up a 44-27 halftime lead. The Jags shot almost 54 percent in the second half and led by as many as 27 at the 9:58 mark before Metress emptied the bench. Ten different Jags scored in the game and 10 players logged double-digit minutes.

The Jags outrebounded CSU 46-20 and owned the edge inside, outscoring the Cougars 42-24 in the paint and 18-0 on second-chance points.

ASU travels to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday, Feb. 4 for a 7:30 p.m., PBC matchup in the English E. Jones Center.

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