Augusta State's Brathwaite finds redemption

Attendance breaks school, conference record

Fred Brathwaite's late turnovers played a key role in Augusta State's upset loss at USC Aiken last week. When the two rivals came together at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, the senior forward found redemption.

Brathwaite turned in his fifth double-double performance of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Jaguars' win. He hit 5 of 10 shots from the field and went a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line.

"I'm most proud of the win, but being 100 percent at the free throw line - that's also pretty good," Brathwaite said. "We've been working hard at the free throw line, and I guess that work paid off."

After last week's flurry of turnovers that helped Augusta State lose, Brathwaite took satisfaction in recording just one turnover Wednesday night.

"I had a lot of turnovers in the last game, so I wanted to cut down on my turnovers and rebound more and play defense," he said. "I felt like I did all those things tonight."

Brathwaite walked off the court along with his fellow starters to a standing ovation at the 1:15-mark of the second half. He took a seat with a satisfied grin and accepted a few high fives from his teammates.

"That's always how Freddy plays," Ben Madgen said of Brathwaite's performance Wednesday night. "Everybody's allowed an off game every now and then."

Record attendance: Wednesday night's crowd broke a 19-year-old record for attendance at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Augusta State played host to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in the 1990-91 season and drew 3,414 fans to a game the Jaguars eventually lost.

The new school record also broke the Peach Belt Conference record for attendance at one game. The conference mark was previously held by last year's USC Aiken/Augusta State game at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

Secured: The second installment of the Augusta State/USC Aiken rivalry came without any postgame scraps that marred the first game. The anticlimactic finish, Augusta State won by 14, and increased security measures put a stop to any such actions before they started.

Most of the record crowd of 3,718 watched from their seats, while others stood along the upper deck railing. All fans were separated from play by rope barriers at each entrance to the playing court and uniformed security personnel were visible at each corner of the gym.

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