Tornados fall in NCAA Regional to Augusta State, 91-73

Roper scores 27 in Brevard loss

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Augusta, Ga. – Two Jaguars finished with double-doubles and top-seeded Augusta State pulled away from eighth-seeded Brevard in a 91-73 victory over the Tornados in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Southeast Regional at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory by the Jaguars moves them into the semifinal round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional where they will play the winner of the #4 Catawba-#5 Anderson game at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.

Augusta State is now 27-3 on the 2009-10 season. Brevard concludes one of its best seasons in school history with a 21-10 record.

Augusta State opened the game up on all cylinders with the region top-seeded Jaguars clinging to a 16-7 lead five minutes into the contest. The Jaguars began the game shooting 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from the field in the first five minutes of the contest.

Behind a 13-6 run over the next five minutes and two consecutive three-pointers from Shane Galloway the Tornados had cut the Jaguar lead to just two points at 22-20 with 9:49 left until intermission.

The Jaguars responded to Brevard’s run by scoring seven straight points to push their lead back to nine points at 29-20 by the third media timeout of the first half at the 7:44 mark. A 9-5 run by Brevard over the next five minutes pulled the Tornado back to within five at 34-29 with just over two minutes remaining until the halftime break.

A jumper by Ben Madgen and a three-point play by Caleb Brown garnered Augusta State a 10-point 39-29 lead, but Brevard would close the first half on a 5-0 run to sit five behind the Jaguars at 39-34 at intermission.

Augusta State concluded the first half shooting 48.4 percent (15-for-31) as a team, while the Tornados ended the first half of play shooting exactly 40 percent (12-for-30).

Madgen and Smith accounted for 24 of Augusta State’s 39 points in the half, while Jonathan Whitson and Josh Roper acquired 21 of Brevard’s 34 points in the first stanza.

The Jaguars opened the second half on a 7-2 run to extend their lead back to 10 once again at 46-36 with 18:12 left in regulation.

The score would hover around the 10-point mark for the next 11 minutes before Daniel Dixon was able to secure Augusta State its largest lead of the game at the time at 13 points with a three-pointer at the 7:49 mark that set the score at 70-57 in Augusta State’s favor.

The Tornados would not be able to get any closer down the stretch with the Jaguars pulling away for the 18-point, 91-73 victory.

Augusta State ended their efforts on Saturday evening shooting 50 percent (32-for-64) from the floor. Brevard finished its loss shooting 44.8 percent (26-for-58) as a team.

Braithwaite was the top performer for the Jaguars in their victory, collecting 20 points and 15 rebounds. Braithwaite obtained six of his 15 boards on the offensive glass.

Smith ended the Jaguar victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Madgen led Augusta State in total points with 22 points, while Greg Hire was the final Jaguar in double figures with 12 points.

Roper was the star for the Tornados in their first ever tournament appearance with the guard scoring a game-high 27 points. Roper shot 50 percent from the field and he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Brevard’s Whitson was the final player in double figures. He had 15 points in total to finish out his career as Brevard College’s leading scorer with 2,028 points and finishes as the Tornados all-time leading rebounder.

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