By Chris Gay
A first half to remember kept Augusta State at the top of the Peach Belt Conference.
Gary Boodnikoff made five consecutive 3-pointers during a 27-1 Jaguar first-half run as Augusta State routed Lander 80-53 at the ASU athletic complex Saturday night.
``We just played loose and relaxed,'' Augusta State acting head coach Buck Harris said. ``Boodnikoff told me before the game that he felt hot.''
In the women's game, Donna Hanson tied the school record with six 3-pointers as the Lady Jaguars knocked off the Lady Senators 73-59.
Boodnikoff was 9-of-11 from the field, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and scored a season-high 26 points. Festus Hawkins added 17 points, while T.J. Ott chipped in 12.
``I told Buck before the game that I was going to shoot the ball well,'' Boodnikoff said. ``That run, I just looked up and saw that we were up 25-4.''
Augusta State (10-3, 5-0) shot 51 percent from the field and went 9-of-16 behind the arc. The Jaguar defense made a season-high 10 blocks and held the Senators (6-6, 1-3) to 31 percent shooting.
This is Augusta State's sixth straight win over Lander (6-6, 1-3) and its biggest margin of victory this season (27).
With the score knotted at 5, Boodnikoff's hot hand got the Jaguars smoking. The Australian guard drained two 3-pointers from the top of the key, and Marcus Gradney followed with a rare four-point play as Augusta jumped out front 19-5.
Two minutes later, Boodnikoff ran down a loose ball and pulled up for a 3-pointer from the left wing as the Jaguars took a 24-point lead with 9:38 left before halftime. Augusta State extended the lead to 48-19 at the break.
For the first time in a week, coach Gary Tuell returned to the bench as an assistant coach to Harris. Tuell missed the previous three games recovering from an appendectomy.
``Gary was very helpful tonight,'' Harris said. ``He pointed out things to me that he thought we should do defensively. He broke down the film, and we had a very detailed walk-through today.''
In the women's game, Hanson opened the game with three straight 3-pointers as the Lady Jaguars began the game on a 13-2 run. Augusta State extended the lead to 43-28 at the half.
Hanson ended the game with a season-high 24 points to lead the Lady Jaguars, while Faith Nixon added 17.
``I know I haven't been playing up to my potential,'' Hanson said. ``I've been playing against myself.''
Augusta State (9-5, 3-2) held Lander 22-of-63 shooting, including a 1-of-15 performance from three-point range.
``It helped that we had somebody on fire right at the beginning,'' Lady Jaguar coach Greg Wilson said. ``I was pleased with our defensive intensity. That's the most intensity we've shown since the Clayton State game.''
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March 5, 2001 Augusta State earns 6th seed
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March 3, 2001 Augusta State Wins Peach Belt Tournament Title
March 2, 2001 ASU Defeats USC Aiken in PBC Semifinals
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February 24, 2001 ASU Wraps North Division Top-Seed With 83-65 Win Over Francis Marion
February 21, 2001 No. 22 Pirates Win 16th Straight, Defeat ASU 58-45
February 17, 2001 ASU Falls to Georgia College & State
February 15, 2001 ASU 89, Francis Marion 73
February 14, 2001 ASU Rolls Over Francis Marion 89-73
February 11, 2001 Jaguars celebrate homecoming with win
February 10, 2001 ASU Rolls Over North Florida 93-50
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February 1, 2001 Jaguars defeat Pacers 72-63
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January 29, 2001 Records Fall as ASU Defeats Life University 108-87
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January 20, 2001 TJ Ott Leads ASU to 61-47 Win over USC Spartanburg
January 18, 2001 Pacers edge Jaguars 53-51
January 17, 2001 Second Half Rally Falls Short as ASU Falls to USCA
January 17, 2001 Jaguars, Pacers renew PBC rivalry
January 16, 2001 Paine tops ASU in City Classic
January 15, 2001 Paine Defeats ASU 68-58 Behind Yari Scott’s 27 Points
January 15, 2001 Gary Boodnikoff Named Peach Belt Player of the Week
January 14, 2001 Jaguars remain at top of league
January 13, 2001 Gary Boodnikoff Scores 26 in 80-53 Win Over Lander
January 10, 2001 Braves and Jaguars Split Peach Belt Doubleheader
January 8, 2001 Festus Hawkins Lifts ASU to 64-63 Overtime Win
January 7, 2001 Jaguars give Harris win number 1
January 6, 2001 Augusta State Defeats Columbus State 74-57
January 4, 2001 ASU Men and Women Sweep Clayton State
January 3, 2001 Augusta State Defeats Clayton State 65-54
December 21, 2000 Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic ... Again
December 18, 2000 Augusta State Falls To Life, 72-55
December 13, 2000 Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic
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December 10, 2000 Fast start lifts Jags past Savannah State
December 9, 2000 Festus Hawkins Powers ASU Over Savannah State 87-67
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October 10, 2000 Augusta State Men’s Basketball Opens 2000-01 Season at West Georgia