The Augusta State University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 3rd in the NCAA Division II standings released on March 8th.
The Jaguars finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 30-4. Augusta State lost to Anderson University 75-73 in the race to the Elite Eight.
The Jaguars’ Season
The Jaguars had a very successful season that unfortunately ended in disappointment. In a very close match against Anderson, Augusta State fell 75-73 in overtime. Anderson was avenging previous losses to Augusta State that included a 100-70 loss in last year’s Southeast Regional semifinals and a 78-72 loss in this year’s season opener.
Anderson scored a jumper with 1:13 left on the clock. Augusta State had an opportunity to tie, but a shot in the lane was blocked cleanly and time expired. The Jaguars missed 8 of 9 shots in the field in overtime. Despite the loss, the Jaguars still accomplished much.
They won the league’s regular-season title and tournament championship for the second time in the last three seasons and reached the 28-win plateau for the third consecutive season. Head Coach Dip Metress leads the Jaguars but expects George Johnson and Franck Ndongo to get the team to win games.
About The Team
Head Coach Darren “Dip” Metress is in his sixth season and has taken Augusta State Basketball from a losing record to national prominence. In his first year with the Jaguars he won 19 games and led Augusta to victories over three nationally ranked opponents.
In his third season, he was named PBC Coach of the Year and last season saw the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. Metress was named as the NABC Southeast District Coach of the Year. This is the second in the last three seasons and fourth selection overall since 2002. He guided them to their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth PBC regular-season championship in the last five seasons.
Seniors George Johnson and Franck Ndongo were named to the Peach Belt Conference’s First-Team. Johnson averaged 15.9 points per game, 1.5 steals per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and a .453 3-point field goal percentage. He has scored in double-figures in 30 of 34 games and scored 20 or more points 10 times. Johnson was also named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team, NABC All-District First Team, and All-America Team. Ndongo has more than tripled his scoring average from last season.
He averaged 13.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and is ranked in the top 15 in the league for scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. Ndongo was also named to the NABC All-District Second Team and All-Academic squad.
About The School
Augusta State University is located in Augusta, GA and is a unique blend of the old and new, the traditional and the innovative. Academics also combine a strong liberal arts tradition with practical hands-on application.
The university offers a broad array of undergraduate programs in arts and sciences and professional fields of study, along with select graduate programs below the doctoral level.