AMERICUS, Ga. -- Fifth-ranked Augusta State captured its second Peach Belt Conference championship in the past three seasons Saturday night with a 95-63 victory over Georgia Southwestern.
With Georgia College & State's 73-72 win over No. 11 USC Aiken, the Jaguars won the league title outright with a 17-3 record.
"Winning the conference title over a 20-game schedule is a testament to our players and their perseverance," said Augusta State coach Dip Metress, who learned of the Jags' title en route back to Augusta. "We've gotten solid contributions up and down the bench. We've worked in two new starters and the guys have accepted their roles and really performed. We're very proud of our achievement, but there's a lot of season left and we have a lot to still accomplish."
The victory also lifted Augusta State to a 23-4 overall record, giving the Jags the second-most wins in school history during the regular season and the most since the 1969-70 season.
Garret Siler registered a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Fred Brathwaite had 17 points and six rebounds, while Ben Madgen recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 72, AUGUSTA STATE WOMEN 60
In Americus, Ga., Augusta State's Jasmine Godwin and Porsha White combined for 40 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Jaguars fell.
Godwin had 21 points and nine rebounds, while White had 19 points and four boards.
Brittany Reynolds paced Georgia Southwestern (8-19, 3-17 PBC) with 18 points. Clarissa Corbett and Terra Branch managed 12 each off the bench.
With the loss, the Lady Jags dropped their 10th consecutive game, finishing the regular season 5-22 overall and 3-17 in the conference.
The Lady Jags return to action on Wednesday in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tour-nament.
CLINTON JUNIOR COLLEGE 78, AIKEN TECH 77
In Graniteville, Antonio Young scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds to Clinton Junior College to victory over Aiken Tech.
The Knights (10-18) had five players in double figures, including a game-high 27 points from Lance James, who also grabbed five rebounds.