Dixon Delivers For No. 10 Jaguars

Dixon Delivers For No. 10 Jaguars

BOWIE, Md. – Augusta State's Daniel Dixon drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and the 10th-ranked Jaguars survived two game-tying attempts from Bowie State in the final seconds to escape A.C. Jordan Arena with a 75-72 non-conference road victory Saturday night.

With the win, ASU moved to 5-1 on the season and matched by the best start by a Jaguar squad since the 1976-77 season. The Jags also improved to 3-0 on the road this season and to 5-1 over the last three seasons against CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) opponents.

Junior guard Ben Madgen booked a game-high 18 points for ASU and added six rebounds. Junior forward Fred Brathwaite netted 17 points, while Dixon registered 15 points on five treys and five assists. Sophomore reserve guard Caleb Brown turned in his third double-figure scoring effort in the first six games with a career-best 12 points and junior forward Greg Hire grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Senior center Garret Siler was limited to eight points in only 18 minutes before fouling out.

Armond Hill paced Bowie State (5-5) with 18 points off the bench while Tennessee transfer Duke Crews, who had not appeared in the Bulldogs' first nine games, had 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in his first action of the season.

ASU shot 50 percent in the first half and used a 17-4 run midway through the opening stanza to build a 44-22 halftime lead. The Jags, who hit a season-high 10 3-pointers – including seven in the first half -- pushed their lead to as many as 24 on two occasions in the early stages of the second half, the latter on a Siler layup at the 15:45 mark.

ASU still owned a 70-55 lead after a Siler dunk with just 4:57 to play before Bowie caught fire, rattling off 14 straight points over the next 3:13. Hill's pair of free throws pulled the Bulldogs within 70-69 with 1:44 remaining.

Braithwaite countered with two free throws to put ASU ahead 72-69 with 50 seconds left. On Bowie's next possession, Hill's layup and free throw tied the game at 72-all with 43 seconds to go.

The Jags will break for the holidays before returning on Dec. 29 in The Moretz Sports Classic in Hickory, N.C. The tourney, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne College, will pit ASU against No. 9 Catawba on Monday, Dec. 29 at 4:00 p.m. The Jags will take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.


Official NCAA Basketball Box Score
Augusta State vs Bowie State
12/20/08 6:00 p.m. at Bowie, Md. (A.C. Jordan Arena)

VISITORS: Augusta State 5 - 1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
01 MADGEN,Ben.......... *  8-17   2-3    0-1    3  3  6   2  18  1  1  0  0  39
02 SMITH,Steve......... *  0-2    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  2  0  0  17
21 SILER,Garret........ *  3-4    0-0    2-4    1  0  1   5   8  0  0  0  1  18
33 BRATHWAITE,Fred..... *  5-13   1-3    6-7    1  3  4   4  17  3  1  1  0  32
44 HIRE,Greg........... *  0-2    0-0    3-4    4  5  9   5   3  0  1  0  0  21
00 DIXON,Daniel........    5-9    5-6    0-0    0  2  2   4  15  5  4  0  1  26
03 BEAL,Tye............    1-2    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   0   2  0  1  0  0   5
05 BROWN,Howard........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  1  1  0  0  18
24 BROWN,Caleb.........    5-7    2-4    0-0    0  2  2   3  12  3  0  0  0  24
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   27-57  10-19  11-16  11 20 31  24  75 13 11  1  2 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0%   2nd Half: 11-25 44.0%   Game: 47.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-11 63.6%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 52.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-7  71.4%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 68.8%    2

HOME TEAM: Bowie State 5-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
02 CREWS,Duke.......... *  4-9    0-0    9-12   3  6  9   1  17  0  2  2  0  40-
04 DIGGS,Cassin........ *  4-7    0-0    1-2    4  3  7   4   9  0  1  0  0  31
10 ENGEL,Andrew........ *  3-6    3-6    2-2    1  0  1   3  11  1  3  0  0  33
15 MASSEY,Curtis....... *  0-7    0-3    2-2    1  5  6   1   2  0  1  1  0  21
20 CAMPHOR,Corey....... *  1-3    1-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   3  0  1  0  1  16
03 STEVENS,Corey.......    0-2    0-1    1-3    1  2  3   2   1  4  1  0  0  20
23 HILL,Armond.........    4-5    0-1   10-11   0  3  3   3  18  0  2  0  0  16
25 CAREY,Delmar........    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   2  0  0  0  0   6
34 RICHARDSON,Charles..    4-10   1-5    0-0    1  0  1   2   9  0  0  0  0  17
   TEAM................                         1  2  3             2
   Totals..............   21-51   5-19  25-32  13 22 35  18  72  5 13  3  1 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-23 26.1%   2nd Half: 15-28 53.6%   Game: 41.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 26.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  9-11 81.8%   2nd Half: 16-21 76.2%   Game: 78.1%    4

Officials: Quez Crawford (R), Dwayne Carnes (U1) & Lionel Butler (U2)
Technical fouls: Augusta State-None. Bowie State-None.
Attendance: 866

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Augusta State.................   44   31  -   75
Bowie State...................   22   50  -   72

Points in the paint-ASU 33,BSU-M 28. Points off turnovers-ASU 14,BSU-M 13.
2nd chance points-ASU 7,BSU-M 10. Fast break points-ASU 9,BSU-M 0.
Bench points-ASU 29,BSU-M 30. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-ASU 2nd-00:15, BSU-M 2nd-00:43.
Largest lead-ASU by 24 2nd-17:26, BSU-M by 2 1st-19:43.
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