'Unselfish' Jaguars cruise

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Augusta State's home game against Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia Southwestern didn't come with the hype of a big game or a flashy matchup.

The No. 4 Jaguars entered as heavy favorites over the 7-9 Hurricanes, and the game was true to form, as Augusta State rolled to a 84-66 win.

But it was how the Jaguars (14-3, 8-2) prevailed that made head coach Dip Metress smile.

Augusta State made 31 baskets and all but one came on an assist.

"I'm not a big stat guy, but 31 baskets and 30 assists. I've never seen that happen," Metress said. "I'm not sure which guy got the only bucket without the assist, but that's a great stat. We're unselfish."

Four different Jaguars finished with five assists, including junior Ben Madgen, who scored a team-high 18 points.

"It's great for any team when you see a stat like that," Madgen said. "It means we're moving the ball around really well. There's no selfish players on this team. No one cares about getting the glory."

The team shared a win that was never in doubt thanks to a 57.4 shooting percentage from the field. Junior guard Daniel Dixon hit a 3-pointer 51/2 minutes into the opening half to take a 7-5 lead the Jaguars wouldn't lose.

Senior center Garrett Siler recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Fred Brathwaite, who played only six minutes of the first half because of foul trouble, added 15 points.

"It felt good. It was just a confidence win at home," Brathwaite said. "The fouls were real frustrating, but when you get two early you know you're going to sit."

The lone bright spot for the Hurricanes was guard Anthony Sargent, who hit 11 of 16 shots and led all scorers with 28 points. Metress said giving up points to the two-time All-Conference player wasn't a concern.

"He's an all-league guy," Metress said. "He's been struggling from the floor, but he hit some tough shots tonight."

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.

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