Senior Bowman still winner after losing championship

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- Despite his team's season-ending loss to Winona State, two-time All-American senior forward Tyrekus "A.J." Bowman went out on an individual high.

Bowman shot 12-for-15 from the field for 26 points in the Division II championship game. In doing so, he set a record for highest field-goal percentage in the championship (80 percent).

Bowman and junior center Garret Siler each were named to the All-Tournament team.

Siler scored 20 points, adding five rebounds and five blocks.

THE FLUTIE EFFECT? The Flutie Effect is named after Boston College's Doug Flutie , who tossed a Hail Mary pass to defeat Miami in 1984. The rumor is that because of Flutie, application numbers surged at Boston College the following years.

It will be a few years before Augusta State admissions officials will be able to tell if the school has benefited from its team's run to the championship game.

"If you had to put a monetary value on the marketing impact we've gotten the past two weeks, you couldn't put a value on it," athletic director Clint Bryant said. "It'd be astronomical. People across the country now know there's a university in Augusta called 'Augusta State University.' "

RECORD-SETTING, PART ONE: The game attendance reached 5,628 fans, the largest championship game crowd since 1994. The total Elite Eight attendance (17,049) was the largest since 1973.

RECORD-SETTING, PART TWO: The Warriors drained a championship game record 13 3-pointers on 32 attempts. Augusta State allowed 10 or more 3-pointers in each of the past three games. The Jaguars' three Elite Eight opponents shot 38-for-106 from beyond the arc.

CAREER NUMBERS: With his 26 points, Bowman finished his career with 1,827 points.

He's second in all-time scoring at Augusta State (Derek Stewart , 1,895) and second in the Peach Belt Conference (Francis Marion's Carlton Farr , 1,863).

CAREER NUMBERS, PART TWO: Siler will enter his senior season with 1,033 points. He's tied for 21st on Augusta State's career scoring list.

Not to be outdone, sophomore guard Ben Madgen has 1,012 career points. He is on pace to break the school and conference scoring records.

STATS DO LIE: Augusta State shot 57 percent from the field against Winona State. The Jaguars lost for the first time all season when shooting better than 50 percent (16 games) from the field.

HEY MAN, NICE SHOT: USC Aiken coach Vince Alexander and his East All-Stars were honored at halftime after defeating the West All-Stars on Friday night. In a nice gesture, the Augusta State fans gave Alexander loud applause.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.


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