Augusta State vs. Christian Brothers, Elite Eight opener, live

LATEST: The Augusta State University Jaguars will face off against Cal Poly Pomona (24-7) in the Division II Final Four Thursday night.

Click here to read the story and view video footage from before and after the game.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Welcome back, friends, to another day of exciting basketball action. We should have another stellar matchup between No. 4 Augusta State and No. 16 Christian Brothers. Tipoff in a a few minutes.

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Christian Brothers 4, ASU 0, 17:50 left in the first half

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ASU 4, CB 4, 15:37 left

Jaguars not yet in sync on offense. But Garret Siler has four points on a putback dunk and a layup. ASU show some butterfles that should disappear as the game progresses.

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CB 14, ASU 7, 10:17 left

Jaguars can't find the hole. They've missed eight of their first 11 shots. Fred Brathwaite missed an alley-oop dunk and then the putback. Only Siler and Ben Madgen have scored for ASU.

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CB 19, ASU 9, 7:23 left

Jaguars playing sloppy -- 5 turnovers. CB has none. ASU shooting 31 percent from the floor.

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CB 26, ASU 14, 3:32 left

Madgen's playing sloppy. Not in a rhythm. He has four points, but also three or four turnovers.

CB shooting 47 percent from the floor and has 1 turnover. And the Bucs are going to the line to shoot two.

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CB 32, ASU 18, Halftime

Jaguars scored their second-fewest points in a half. Blue Crew is stunned right now.

ASU shot 37 percent in the first half, including a 1-for-7 effort from the perimeter. The team can't shoot that poorly again can they?

The Jaguars average 54 field-goal attempts a game. They've taken 19 so far.

Siler has 5 points, but he scored them all in the first six minutes. Madgen is 2-for-5 from the floor for 4 points. Brathwaite is 1-for-6 for 4 points.

ASU has 7 turnovers to CB's 2. The Bucs are shooting 46 percent from the field, including a 4-for-10 effort from three-point range.

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Two things going through my mind right now, beside the fact I have to use the restroom: Winona State trailed ASU by 9, 10, 11 points in the championship game and came back for the win.

Also, ASU trailed Central Oklahoma by double digits before turning it on the final 10 minutes of regulation in their Elite Eight opener last year.

Can the Jaguars make another comeback?

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CB 36, ASU 26, 15:40 remaining

Jaguars showing signs of life. Brathwaite scored six in a row, including an alley-oop dunk. Caleb Brown just drove to the hole for a layup. He's about to shoot one free-throw attempt.

Madgen is still yet to get on track. He's got to find his confidence.

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CB 39, ASU 34, 11:50 remaining

Jaguars making a valiant comeback. Daniel Dixon hit a three. Brown has drove to the hole twice for layups. He has 5 points, all this half. Madgen just scored from 15 feet.

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CB 46, ASU 45, 7:46 remaining

Holy smokes! We've got ourselves a game. ASU briefly led by one on Brathwaite's three-point play, but Dixon turned it over and Reggie Peyton flew down court for a layup.

Siler's on the floor with three fouls.

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ASU 49, CB 48, 6:19 remaining

Brown fed it inside to Siler for a layup. Then, Steve Smith drained a 10-foot baseline shot.

Kohs just forced Siler to commit his 4th foul. Ironically, Siler's not getting that call on the other end. Jason Killeen enters for Siler.

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ASU 58, CB 51, 3:40 remaining

The Blue Crew is going nuts. Caleb Brown is playing his you-know-what off on both ends. He has 12 points, including a big 3 which stretched the lead to 5.

Jason Killeen is also playing his you-know-what off. He just blocked Kohs and forced him to miss a terrible shot.

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ASU 60, CB 55, 1:44 remaining

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ASU 62, CB 55, 1:38 left

We called it on press row, Ken Gerlinger and I did. Smith threw the home-run pass to Brathwaite for a fast-break dunk.

ASU can smell the Final Four.

You can smell my Cherry Twizzlers on press row.

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ASU 65, CB 57, 53.7 seconds left

Timeout here. Comeback for the ages. Don't call it historic (inside joke).

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ASU 70, CB 62, FINAL

ASU advances to the Final Four tomorrow night. Come back later for post-game thoughts and to see who ASU is playing.

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TheChairman
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TheChairman 03/25/09 - 12:12 pm
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How's the crowd? ASU vs

How's the crowd? ASU vs Christian Bros?

 

garciadrive
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garciadrive 03/25/09 - 12:13 pm
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ASU will be cutting the nets

ASU will be cutting the nets down Saturday.  Guard play will be the difference between this year and last.  Everybody knows about the front court.  Those guys are all great and deserving of the accolades, but the backcourt is much improved.  I've been impressed all year.

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 03/25/09 - 12:13 pm
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Crowd is good. They do a

Crowd is good. They do a good job of bringing students in.

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 12:20 pm
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Is CB scoring off of

Is CB scoring off of backcuts and movement?

TheChairman
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TheChairman 03/25/09 - 12:26 pm
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mag5, yes...  and we can't

mag5, yes...  and we can't hit any shots... very slow game... just what CB wanted.

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 12:32 pm
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We have had trouble

We have had trouble defending that before. Dip and Lenny will make the adjustments

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 12:37 pm
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ASU playing Man or Zone?

ASU playing Man or Zone?

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 03/25/09 - 12:46 pm
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ASU's playing a 2-3 zone, it

ASU's playing a 2-3 zone, it appears. I could be wrong. But it's some sort of zone.

ProudAFL1234
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ProudAFL1234 03/25/09 - 12:50 pm
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GO JAGS!!  They will make a

GO JAGS!!  They will make a strong come-back!!

GJax Fan
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GJax Fan 03/25/09 - 12:52 pm
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Terrible charge call. You've

Terrible charge call. You've got to be kidding me.

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 01:00 pm
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If Ben is off he just needs

If Ben is off he just needs to take it to the rack. He will either get fouled or make it. Either way he scores when he penetrates. He has a way of sucking the defender into a foul.

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 01:05 pm
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The Adjustment has been

The Adjustment has been made....ASU will win this game.

cbrabun
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cbrabun 03/25/09 - 01:10 pm
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How many fouls does Siler

How many fouls does Siler have?

GJax Fan
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GJax Fan 03/25/09 - 01:16 pm
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That foul on Siler is a joke

That foul on Siler is a joke .. He did nothing?!

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 01:29 pm
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Game over folks....once that

Game over folks....once that style of offense gets behind its sunk! Way to go Jags!

sarahchilders
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sarahchilders 03/25/09 - 01:32 pm
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I would like some twizzlers,

I would like some twizzlers, please.  Bring me some back.

TheChairman
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TheChairman 03/25/09 - 01:33 pm
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WHEW!!!!!  glad we came

WHEW!!!!!  glad we came outstrong after the half..  reminds me of the first two games in the regional.... See youtomorrow night!!!

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 01:34 pm
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ASU must have shot near 90%

ASU must have shot near 90% from the free throw line!

mtgmimi1
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mtgmimi1 03/25/09 - 01:36 pm
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Great job!  Thanks for the

Great job!  Thanks for the blog.

mag5
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mag5 03/25/09 - 01:41 pm
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Great game from the Free

Great game from the Free throw line ASU!

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 03/25/09 - 01:43 pm
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what time tomorrow?

what time tomorrow?

TheChairman
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TheChairman 03/25/09 - 01:44 pm
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game will be at 6:30

game will be at 6:30 tomorrow on CBS College sports channel...

jbfj
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jbfj 03/25/09 - 01:44 pm
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Go Jags, bring the title

Go Jags, bring the title home where it belongs.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/25/09 - 01:46 pm
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Man, what a strange game

Man, what a strange game with a good ending. The ones we thought would score didn't, but the others did. I hope we learned something. Great descriptions, Chris.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 03/25/09 - 01:48 pm
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Great team effort--GO

Great team effort--GO JAGUARS!!!

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 03/25/09 - 02:30 pm
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Jaguars to play at 6 p.m.

Jaguars to play at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Call your local sports bar in Augusta. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports Network, whatever that is. I'm a basic cable guy, myself.

quincy57
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quincy57 03/25/09 - 04:06 pm
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CBS College Sports is a part

CBS College Sports is a part of Comcast's Sports Entertainment Package.....Channel 274.....$4.95 upgrade to your cable plan. It's a great channel and the package comes with a lot of other great sports channels (Fox College Sports Atlantic, Central, and Pacific, The NFL Network, etc.).

Go Jags!

coco rubio
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coco rubio 03/25/09 - 04:18 pm
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go jags!

go jags!

shamorris
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shamorris 03/25/09 - 05:03 pm
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Keep it rollin ASU I'm with

Keep it rollin ASU I'm with you all the way!

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