Augusta State coach Dip Metress hasn’t lost to Paine College in six seasons. Coming off his 200th career win at the school, Metress and the Jaguars have momentum.
Augusta State and Paine will again meet on the basketball court – this time a new one – as the two teams play at Paine’s new HEAL Complex tonight. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. and the men begin at 7:30.
The Jags are coming off the celebration of Metress’ 200th career win at Augusta State in a 69-44 rout of Georgia College and State on Monday. It was Metress’ 334th win in his 17th season.
With the win, Augusta State (9-5, 5-3) moved into third place in the Peach Belt Conference’s East Division, a game behind USC Aiken and Armstrong Atlantic State.
“It’s good for the players and the city,” Metress said. “Everyone is excited to play in their new home. (Paine) is a much-improved team.”
The Lions are 3-0 in their new complex, and 5-1 at home overall, compared to 1-5 on the road.
“We’ve been unbelievable at home,” Paine coach Jimmy Link said. “We hope it can continue. It’s neat to have this game, and we’ve been playing good here. It should be great. I know it will be packed.”
Augusta State has defeated Paine eight consecutive times dating back to 2005. Last season’s matchup was the season opener for both teams, which the Jaguars won 77-62.
Metress is 9-1 against Paine as Augusta State’s coach, and 15-1 overall against the Lions in his coaching career.
The women’s game features two hot teams entering on impressive notes.
Augusta State is shooting for its best start in school history after matching it in a 50-31 win over Georgia College and State on Monday. The Lady Jaguars are 12-2 for only the second time in program history.
Paine has won six of its past seven and are 6-2 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Lady Lions are coming off a 72-62 win over Albany State on Monday.