CHARLOTTE - A different team. A different
style. A different result.
A day after one of its highest-scoring games of the year, Augusta State had its lowest-scoring game of the season. Second-seed Winston-Salem State shut down the Jaguars offense and eliminated No. 6 seed Augusta from postseason play with a 65-48 win in the second round of the Division II Tournament at Brayboy Gymnasium.
``I've played junior college basketball. I've played Division I basketball at Illinois. I've played basketball at Augusta State. I thought this right here was the best team I've ever played on,'' Jaguars senior center Festus Hawkins said. ``All the players like each other. The coaches are in tune. It was a great environment.''
It was a different environment on Friday. Blaring horns, booming drums and thousands of Winston-Salem State fans welcomed the Jaguars to the court. A neutral game suddenly turned into a thunderous road contest.
The fact that the referees allowed a more physical style of play didn't help Augusta's case.
``Last game against Catawba, the refs called everything,'' Jaguars senior forward Reggie Rosier said. ``This game was a little more physical, which I thought caught our team off guard. Our team's not very physical, that's not our style of play.''
Winston-Salem State (25-4) dominated the Jaguars with its speed as the Rams scored 38 points in the paint and 28 points off turnovers. The Rams forced 23 Jaguars turnovers, out-rebounded Augusta 36-29 and took 29 more shots.
In the first half, Augusta (21-10) had minor problems with the Rams' full-court pressure and led 15-11 on two Hawkins free throws with 8:34 left before halftime.
Winston-Salem State tied the Jaguars twice and then took its first lead of the game at 23-21 on a Corey Thompson bomb three minutes before halftime. On a feed from Gary Boodnikoff, Hawkins responded with a dunk.
But the Rams controlled the final three minutes of the first half, went on a 9-0 run and took a 32-23 halftime lead. In that span, Hawkins picked up his second foul, and a minute later, a clean steal by Chris Harriman turned into a foul on the Australian guard.
``We had turned the ball over too much, and they had run us out of our offense, but I still thought we were playing well,'' Augusta coach Gary Tuell said. ``I thought Chris had a pretty clean pick, and I had a pretty good view of it. But some people didn't agree with me.''
Seconds later, Thompson charged into Boodnikoff as he scored a layup, and Boodnikoff was called for the foul. One official stalked a livid Tuell even as the Augusta coach walked away from him. At the end of the bench, Tuell kneeled, slammed his playbook down and was assessed a technical.
Augusta had a chance to trim a seven-point deficit just before the break. But T.J. Ott's three-point attempt sailed long. Kevin Henry raced down the court and beat the buzzer with a fast-break layup. In three minutes, the momentum swung 180 degrees.
``That last shot hurt us,'' Tuell said.
Five minutes into the second half, an Ott layup pulled the Jaguars to 34-29. Kamal Oliver responded with a 3-pointer. Then Rosier made one free throw to cut the lead to seven.
But Winston-Salem State took control as it reeled off 12 unanswered points. Centellis Tucker drained back-to-back threes to cap the Rams run. Augusta's season was over at 49-30 with 10:11 remaining.
March 27, 2001 Hawkins and Boodnikoff Named to the NABC All-Region Team
March 11, 2001 Jaguars look to next season
March 10, 2001 Magical Season Comes to an End for Jaguars
March 10, 2001 Augusta State knocked out of tournament
March 10, 2001 Rams' stifling 'D' steamrolls Jaguars
March 9, 2001 Jaguars are a 'can do' team
March 9, 2001 Jaguars top Catawba College 96-84
March 8, 2001 Jaguars ready to take on Catawba
March 7, 2001 Augusta State coach ready for challenge
March 5, 2001 Augusta State Men’s Basketball Itinerary
March 5, 2001 Augusta State earns 6th seed
March 3, 2001 Jaguars reign in Peach Belt
March 3, 2001 Augusta State Wins Peach Belt Tournament Title
March 2, 2001 ASU Defeats USC Aiken in PBC Semifinals
March 1, 2001 Jaguars top Clayton State
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
February 10, 2001 Jaguars face North Florida at home
February 7, 2001 ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 70-63 Win Over UNC Pembroke
February 3, 2001 Senators down Augusta State 68-60
February 1, 2001 Jaguars defeat Pacers 72-63
January 31, 2001 ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 72-63 Win Over USC Aiken
January 29, 2001 Records Fall as ASU Defeats Life University 108-87
January 24, 2001 Jaguars suffer tough setback vs. Kennesaw
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
December 13, 2000 Festus Hawkins and Sharon Taylor Ranked Nationally
December 10, 2000 Fast start lifts Jags past Savannah State
December 9, 2000 Festus Hawkins Powers ASU Over Savannah State 87-67
December 2, 2000 Augusta State Defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 71-55
December 1, 2000 ASU Falls to 10th-Ranked Wingate 103-88
November 30, 2000 ASU Defeats Rollins 70-68
November 27, 2000 ASU Defeats West Georgia 66-61 in Home Opener
November 22, 2000 Augusta State Notches First Win at Savannah State 68-45
November 17, 2000 West Georgia Defeats Augusta State 76-74 in Overtime Thriller
November 11, 2000 Augusta State Defeats ASU Alumni/CSRA Select Team 91-55
October 14, 2000 Augusta State to host Midnight Madness Saturday, October 14
October 11, 2000 ASU Seeking Third Straight Peach Belt North Division Title
October 10, 2000 Augusta State Men’s Basketball Opens 2000-01 Season at West Georgia