Augusta State jumped out to one of its biggest leads of the season in the first half, and coach Dip Metress was able to cruise to a milestone.
The Jaguars shot lights out in the first half and benefited from Georgia College & State’s struggles, resulting in a 69-44 rout Monday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The Jaguars picked up their fifth Peach Belt Conference win at the same time Metress reached win No. 200 at the school in his ninth season. It’s Metress’ 334th career win in his 17th season.
“I’ve been fortunate to have really good guys playing for me,” Metress said. “It’s all about good players, and I’m fortunate to have had those good players.”
The players celebrated the milestone by dumping a cooler of water on Metress after the game.
“It’s never felt so good to get soaked,” Metress said.
Augusta State (9-5, 5-3 PBC) halted a two-game skid and moved up one spot in the East Division.
The Jaguars were led by Ryan Weems’ first career double double, recording 11 points and 12 rebounds. Devonte Thomas added 13 points and eight rebounds, totaling 20 boards between the two guards.
“In practice, we talked about everybody getting rebounds and the guards not leaking out after shots,” said Devon Wright-Nelson, who led the Jaguars with 17 points. “It was a team rebounding effort.”
Georgia College (6-9, 2-6 PBC) went 0 for 12 before making its first basket at the 10:40 mark, trailing 20-0 at that point. The Jaguars took advantage by shooting 56 percent in the first half, giving them a 36-18 lead at halftime.
“Our defense played well, but (Georgia College) missed shots early,” Metress said. “We capitalized. It was a good start and a good win.”
Augusta State shot just 33 percent in the second half but still scored 33 in the half, reaching a lead as large as 27 with 1 minute remaining in the game.
It was the Jaguars’ second-largest lead this season after their 29-point advantage against Coastal Georgia on Nov. 25.
Wright-Nelson added seven rebounds for an Augusta State team that out-rebounded Georgia College 45-34.
The Bobcats were led by Aaron Robinson’s 10 points. David Wagner added six points and eight rebounds. Scott Ferguson recorded nine points for a team that has averaged 67 points per game this season. The Bobcats’ 44 points is their lowest total this year.
Augusta State moved into third place alone in the East Division, sitting one game behind Armstrong Atlantic State and USC Aiken in the conference standings. Both teams won Monday.