Madgen sets another record at Augusta State

With 17 points in Augusta State's win Saturday at Francis Marion, Ben Madgen made history again.


The All-American senior guard entered the game needing four points to pass former Lady Jaguar LaWanna Monday (2,143 career points) as the school's all-time leading scorer among men or women. Madgen, who also owns the Peach Belt Conference's scoring record, now has 2,157 points in his career.

Augusta State coach Dip Metress signed Madgen four years ago on a recommendation from a friend.

"A buddy of mine said he was pretty good," Metress said. "That was the understatement of the year."

It appears Madgen, who leads the league with an 18.7 scoring average and has all but locked up the Peach Belt scoring title, is finished with career scoring records. Travis Grant of Kentucky State (1969-72) set the Division II career scoring mark with 4,045 points.

SETTING THE MARK: Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee tied Bobby Knight atop the NCAA men's basketball career win list with his 902nd victory Saturday. Magee, in his 43rd season at the Division II school, owns a 902-352 career mark.

Magee broke the tie Tuesday night with a 76-65 victory over Goldey-Beacom College.

THE METRESS MARK: Though he has a ways to go to catch Magee, Metress is closing in on the 300-win mark.

In 14 seasons, Metress owns a 273-138 record, including a 139-45 mark in six seasons.

Augusta State (24-2) could have as many as 10 games remaining this season. If the Jaguars make another deep run in the Division II Tournament, Metress could notch the milestone win next season.

Augusta State, which climbed to No. 3 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/ Division II poll Tuesday, will play host to a Peach Belt Tournament first-round game next Wednesday. Four teams still are fighting for the opportunity to grab the East Division No. 4 seed and the chance to play the conference champion Jaguars.

ALL BUT FINALIZED: USC Aiken (15-9, 10-7) will face Francis Marion in the first round of the Peach Belt Tournament next Wednesday.

Now it's just a matter of where they will play. All the Patriots (18-7, 10-6) have to do to lock up the home game is win one of their final two games at Flagler or at Armstrong Alantic State.

The Pacers can still open at home, but they will need to win at Lander tonight and then hope for Francis Marion to lose twice.

ALREADY DONE: The Paine men's and women's basketball teams finished their regular seasons Saturday.

While the rest of the teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finish up their schedules, the Lions are currently 10th (of 13 teams) in the league at 8-19 overall (8-16 conference). The Paine men, who closed with a four-game losing streak, lost seven games by six or fewer points.

The Lady Lions (6-19, 5-17) won three of their final eight games. The Paine women are 11th out of 12 teams in the standings.

Paine begins play in the conference tournament Tuesday in Atlanta.



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