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End of an era: Jags play final home basketball game as ASU

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

For the last decade, Paulwyn Boliek has been a regular at Augusta State basketball games.

"The first year I came, they gave away a used car to try and get people to come," Boliek remembers. "I think they were having less than 500 people at most games."

Another regular is Augusta State alum Matt Smith, who graduated last year.

"It was a tradition to be in the student section, to be the loud, rowdy kids," Smith says.

Both were certainly in attendance for what was the end of an era: the final home basketball game as Augusta State University.

"It's bittersweet in that this is the last basketball game to be played at Augusta State," says Athletic Director Clint Bryant. "But we're looking forward to the future and looking forward to competing as Georgia Regents University."

The era of GRU athletics began by introducing the school's new fight song.

"They become traditions for our students," says Bryant. "We're going to see how we can incorporate it into our game management plan."

Smith admits it will be a little strange seeing a different name across the front of the jerseys next season.

"It's going to be a heartfelt moment because I'm so used to seeing the Augusta State, and the blue and white," he says. "Going to different colors and a different name, it's definitely going to be different."

But despite all that, Boliek doesn't expect one tradition to change.

"It'll be the same enthusiasm," he says. "The people will get behind it."

In the Jags' final home games as ASU, both teams went out victors over Francis Marion. The women won 55-40, while the men held on for a 69-67 victory.

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