Augusta State Sweeps Francis Marion

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State clinched its fifth consecutive Peach Belt Conference North Division title and head coach Gary Tuell garnered his 100th win on the ASU sidelines as the Jaguars completed a sweep of Francis Marion with an 88-78 victory Saturday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Lady Jaguars dismantled the FMU Lady Patriots 64-40 in the opener of the doubleheader.

ASU junior guard Jermale Wilkerson enjoyed his best game of the season, pouring in a career-high 23 points to go with a career-high 10 rebounds and career-high eight assists. The double-double effort was the second by an ASU player this season.

The victory pushes the Jags to 16-9 overall and 12-5 in conference play. Francis Marion falls to 12-12 overall and 7-10 in the league.

Francis Marion went ahead 4-2 before an 11-2 ASU run gave the Jaguars a lead they would never relinquish.  The Jags led by as much as eight in the first half on two separate occasions and took a 36-32 lead into halftime, despite the Patriots' 59.1 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.  ASU helped itself with 50 percent shooting, including six three-pointers.

The Jags opened the second half on a 17-4 spurt to take a 17-point lead at the 14:37 mark. FMU got within 12 before ASU pushed its advantage back to 19 on a Chris Harriman three-pointer with 8:50 remaining. The Patriots battled back, closing to within 76-68 on a trey by Mike Buglione at the 2:38 mark. ASU moved back out to an 11-point lead before a pair of Michael Jenkins three-pointers got the visitors to within six with 25 seconds remaining. But three errant shots and a pair of turnovers kept FMU from pulling off the comeback.

Led by Wilkerson's career night, the Jags placed five players in double figures. Harriman chipped in 14 points, while David Siebrands and Patrick Curran had 13 each. Dean Brebner added 10 off the bench.

Jaquan Bracey led five Patriots in double figures with 16 points. Buglione tallied 15, while Randy Williams posted 14, Louis McCullough 13 and Jenkins 10.

In the women's contest, the PBC North Division champion Lady Jaguars shot 50 percent in the game and connected on seven three-pointers to blow by Francis Marion 64-40.

Junior guard Melanie Massey posted a career-high 19 points and Arijana Sijercic produced 12 points as the ASU reserves outscored the starting five 36-28. No Lady Patriot reached double figures.

ASU trailed 5-1 early on and didn't connect on a field goal until Sijercic's layup nearly five minutes into the game. But the Lady Jags caught fire, capping a 24-5 run with Shundra Johnson's jumper at the 9:08 mark that gave ASU a 25-10 lead. FMU never got within 10 the rest of the half. ASU then shot 55 percent in the second half and made 13-of-14 free-throw attempts to post its most lopsided win of the season.

The victory moves the Lady Jags to 17-7 overall and 12-5 in league play, while FMU drops to 9-16 and 4-13, respectively.

The Lady Jags host Montevallo in a single game on Monday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. before both squads close out their regular season home schedule vs. North Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Francis Marion hosts USC Aiken on Wednesday in Florence, S.C.


Men's Basketball Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
Francis Marion vs Augusta State
02/22/03 7:30 p.m. at Augusta, Ga. (Christenberry Fieldhouse)

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VISITORS: Francis Marion 12-12, 7-10
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
21 Williams, Randy..... f  6-10   0-0    2-2    1  1  2   3  14  0  4  0  0  27
45 Snipe, Andrew....... f  0-1    0-0    2-2    0  2  2   0   2  2  0  0  0  19
43 Bracey, Jaquan...... c  8-10   0-0    0-1    3  4  7   1  16  1  3  1  1  28
15 Hinton, Jarron...... g  3-7    2-4    0-0    1  1  2   5   8 10  3  0  1  36
23 Buglione, Mike...... g  4-8    4-7    3-3    0  2  2   1  15  0  2  0  1  33
12 McKie, Travis.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  1  0  0  0   8
24 Jenkins, Michael....    3-9    3-7    1-2    1  4  5   4  10  3  2  0  2  23
30 Boyd, Demetrius.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
33 McCullough, Louis...    4-9    1-3    4-5    3  4  7   5  13  0  3  0  1  23
35 McQueen, James......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   28-55  10-21  12-15  10 21 31  21  78 18 17  1  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-22 59.1%   2nd Half: 15-33 45.5%   Game: 50.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  5-13 38.5%   Game: 47.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half: 11-12 91.7%   Game: 80.0%    1

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HOME TEAM: Augusta State 16-9, 12-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
31 Curran, Patrick..... f  5-8    1-3    2-3    1  4  5   4  13  1  3  0  1  33
33 Johnson, Marcus..... f  3-5    0-1    2-4    4  0  4   3   8  2  3  0  2  21
42 Siebrands, David.... f  6-10   1-2    0-0    0  0  0   0  13  6  1  0  1  33
02 Wilkerson, Jermale.. g  6-14   4-8    7-8    3  7 10   2  23  8  1  0  2  33
24 Harriman, Chris..... g  5-8    3-6    1-2    0  2  2   3  14  3  1  0  1  35
04 Mills, Jason........    0-1    0-1    2-2    0  0  0   2   2  0  0  0  0  10
05 Brebner, Dean.......    4-7    2-5    0-0    0  3  3   3  10  1  1  0  1  18
20 Butler, Ben.........    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  1  1  1  0  10
21 Grant, Norris.......    0-0    0-0    3-4    0  0  0   0   3  0  0  0  0   2
23 Jones, Lee..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  2  0  0  0   3
34 Pangle, Shane.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                            3  3
   Totals..............   30-55  11-27  17-23   8 19 27  19  88 24 11  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-30 50.0%   2nd Half: 15-25 60.0%   Game: 54.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-15 40.0%   2nd Half:  5-12 41.7%   Game: 40.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half: 17-23 73.9%   Game: 73.9%    2

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Officials: Bill McNair, T.J. Shea, James Williams
Technical fouls: Francis Marion-TEAM. Augusta State-None.
Attendance: 509
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Francis Marion................   32   46  -   78
Augusta State.................   36   52  -   88

Women's Basketball Box Score

Official Basketball Box Score
Francis Marion vs Augusta State
02/22/03 5:30 p.m. at Augusta, Ga. (Christenberry Fieldhouse)

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VISITORS: Francis Marion 9-16, 4-13
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
20 Ghere, Michelle..... f  2-3    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   3   5  0  2  0  1  18
50 Johnson, Jontell.... f  3-7    0-0    3-4    0  2  2   2   9  0  2  0  2  24
10 Tincher, Joanna..... c  0-3    0-1    0-2    0  3  3   1   0  0  2  1  2  27
14 Jerome, Nikki....... g  3-9    1-4    0-0    2  0  2   2   7  3  6  0  3  33
23 Howard, Jennifer.... g  3-12   1-5    0-0    0  1  1   1   7  0  4  0  2  27
11 Etheredge, Courtenay    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  1  2  0  0   7
22 Moore, Danielle.....    4-7    1-2    0-1    1  3  4   2   9  0  2  0  0  25
24 Baldwin, Rnesha.....    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   2   1  0  1  0  1  12
33 Torpey, Erin........    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   2  2  5  0  0  22
42 Losonczy, Marta.....    0-3    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  1  0   5
   TEAM................                         2  2  4             1
   Totals..............   16-45   4-15   4-9    8 14 22  15  40  6 27  2 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-22 31.8%   2nd Half:  9-23 39.1%   Game: 35.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 26.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 44.4%    2

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HOME TEAM: Augusta State 17-7, 12-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
05 Johnson, Shundra.... f  4-8    0-0    1-2    2  7  9   1   9  3  2  2  1  23
32 Jones, Sabrina...... f  4-8    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   8  2  3  0  1  28
03 Wideman, Ernesia.... g  2-4    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   1   6  5  6  0  1  27
21 Bridges, Tameika.... g  0-2    0-1    0-0    2  2  4   1   0  1  3  0  3  25
33 McCurry, Andrea..... g  1-3    1-1    2-2    1  2  3   1   5  0  2  0  2  17
10 Flynn, Erin.........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  4  1  0  0  12
11 Sijercic, Arijana...    5-7    2-3    0-0    1  1  2   1  12  2  0  0  0  21
22 Goldsberry, Zakeya..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  2  0  1   3
23 Jones, Missy........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  1   5
25 Kreisman, Sarah.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   6
30 Robbins, Julie......    1-2    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  2  2  0  4  12
40 Massey, Melanie.....    4-7    3-6    8-8    0  0  0   0  19  0  0  0  1  18
44 Pedarre', Christina.    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  0  1  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         3  4  7
   Totals..............   22-44   7-12  13-14   9 24 33   9  64 19 24  2 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-24 45.8%   2nd Half: 11-20 55.0%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 58.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-8  87.5%   2nd Half:  6-6  100 %   Game: 92.9%    0

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Officials: Chuck Nichols, Rick Nichols, Chris Horne
Technical fouls: Francis Marion-None. Augusta State-None.
Attendance: 207
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Francis Marion................   20   20  -   40
Augusta State.................   35   29  -   64
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